Top 5 Jeep Trails You Must Visit

Off-Road drivers are always looking for interesting and challenging new trails to test their skill, much like racers are always trying to beat fast opponents and sports teams look forward to a solid game against competent opponents. For all you drivers out there, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 jeep trails you absolutely must visit if you get the chance to do so. Of course, any top 5 list like this should be viewed as a subjective thing rather than something totally factual. With that little disclaimer made, here are our favorite jeep trails and where you can find them.

The mountains and passes in and around Colorado make the US State a great place for Off-Road drivers who are looking for difficult and challenging trails. Specifically, the San Juan Mountain in Colorado features many of the best trails in Colorado, including the Black Bear Road, which is one of the best not only in the state, but also in the entire country. It starts at the peak of Red Mountain Pass and rolls right downhill, which should make it clear that you should exercise caution if you ever do pay a visit to the mountainous stretch.

There are other great trails around the United States though, so it’s not like Colorado has the monopoly on places to go driving Off-Road. For instance, the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest down in Georgia is home to several dozen distinctive trails, close to 80 in total. The fact that so many unique trails are all gathered in one convenient location pretty much guaranteed this forest a place on this list. The location is perfect for Off-Road drivers of all skill levels, with trails for novices and beginners as well as intermediate and professional level drivers. It sure is one versatile location.

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Must Have Gear for Heading Off-Road

There are certain items which are essential when driving Off-Road – that is, they’re absolutely necessary, must-have items that you should include with your gear whenever you’re planning on heading off the road and into the rough. If you do a lot of Off-Road driving, then you probably have a list very similar to this one, loaded with items you take on all of your trips. This little list is more for the less-experienced readers who are either just getting into Off-Road driving or are thinking about getting into it. When you go on a run, make sure to bring these things with you.

A stocked first aid kit should be the first thing on your Off-Road driving supply list. Make sure you have all the ointments, alcohol wipes and bandages you think you’ll need, and pack any medications that you or your guests will need as well. Items which need to remain cold can be kept in a cooler packed with ice, which you should have anyhow to keep food and drinks fresh and palatable while you’re out kicking up dust and dirt. A spare tire should be part of your traveling kit as well, along with a jack for elevating your vehicle so you can actually make that tire change if the need arises.

These are all common sense items and, well, you’ve probably got most if not all of them loaded into your vehicle already. But now we can get into those items which are suited specifically to Off-Road driving, like flares and flashlights in case you get lost or your car wrecks and you need to signal for help. Similarly, a supreme LED light bar attached to your vehicle would prove very useful for driving in the evening hours, especially in places with little to no artificial lighting, like the forests, cliffs and deserts that make the best Off-Road driving courses.

If you’re going to be driving in especially dirty or wet conditions, one or two spares sets of clothes would also be a nice thing to pack in your belongings. If you get soaked by rain or full of mud and dirt, at least you don’t have to sit around in cold, wet clothes if you bring a couple fresh outfits with you too. Depending on the time of year and the weather at the location you choose, you’ll also want to bring along things like bug repellent and sunblock in warmer environments, and heavy blankets and insulated clothing if driving in colder conditions.

Perhaps the most important item of all is a map, which you absolutely should bring along if you’re planning on visiting a new place you haven’t driven through before. Because you’ll be spending time away from main roads and in the wilderness, a map can be instrumental in helping you find your way back to civilization once you’ve had enough bumping and shaking for the day. Besides physical maps, you might also benefit from a GPS unit, or a phone app that works in a similar fashion to give you an idea of your location. This may not be an option if driving through an area with poor reception.