Find New AEV Jeep Wrangler Off-Roading Trails On Vacation
For our New England customers who visit our dealership at Keene CDJR to find the right vehicle for your off-road exploration, we understand how passionate you are about a specialized AEV Jeep Wrangler. You’ve been finding new off-road trails to explore in these rugged vehicles in our vicinity. But have you ever considered taking an AEV Jeep Wrangler out off-roading in a different part of the country?
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, American Expedition Vehicles specializes in high-end Jeep accessories and turnkey off-road Jeeps. Over the years, they have led a series of customer tours in some of the most iconic off-road areas of the United States. What’s better to get a Rocky Mountain high than an off-road adventure in Colorado? AEV took a group of Jeep Wrangler aficionados along the famous Alpine Loop in the San Juan Mountains. Located in the southwest corner of the state, about one hour north of Durango, CO, the group traveled through backcountry areas like Engineer Pass, Corkscrew Gulch, Black Bear Pass, and Imogene Pass outside of Ouray, Colorado.
Those who have experienced this off-road trek praise it as one of the most scenic regions to explore off-road during the summer and fall. Along the trails, you’ll find a rich blend of old buildings, historic mining sites, and high elevated vistas co-existing with beautiful flora and fauna in the backcountry.
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
If you’re looking for 500 feet tall giant sand dunes and an open 50-mile stretch of sand to put your AEV Jeep Wrangler through its paces, head to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation area 40 miles north from the Coos River in North Bend to the Siuslaw River in Florence, Oregon. American Expedition Vehicles introduced off-road drivers to this part of Oregon a few years ago. It was a great opportunity for a handful of AEV customers to experience the beauty of Oregon’s coastal sand dunes while also receiving some instruction on off-road driving and recovery techniques
Here you’ll find some of the largest dunes as well as some unique vegetation and groups of small forest trees. Make sure to look for South Jetty Hill, fondly called “Show-Off Hill” by off-road enthusiasts. Or look for “the drag strip”, a mile-long stretch of smooth wet sand running parallel to the beach along the west side. Or you can seek out solitude as you drive along the wind-sculpted, shifting sand dunes.
Anza Borrego Desert
Just 92 miles northeast of San Diego and south of Palm Springs in California lies 600,000 acres of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. It is the largest desert state park in California and second largest in the continental United States. With over 500 miles of dirt trails to explore, it’s been rated as having some of the best four-wheel trails in the southwest. Off-roaders are drawn to its remote terrain and ability to careen over its rocky areas.
Its trails offer an easy mix of hard and deep sand to test your driving skills to sand trails that get progressively more challenging. There are narrow slot canyons as well as small and large rocky areas to explore.
Keep in mind while you drive your AEV Jeep Wrangler through the Borrego Badlands that you are traveling over sediment ranging from 250,000 years to over two million years old. Fossils have been found that its streams and meadows were home to freshwater snails, clams, ice-age horses, camels, sloths, bears and even mammoths.
To make your off-road adventure more interesting, the ABDS has approximately 130 metal sculptures dotting the Borrego Springs Road that represent prehistoric dinosaurs that once roamed the area to more modern subjects representing the people and culture of Borrego Springs today.
During the summer months, many off-road enthusiasts begin to plan vacations where they can find some new trails to explore. Moab has long had a reputation as the off-road capital in the U.S. Why? It’s due to the area’s unique “slickrock” that provides an exceptional driving experience along with breathtaking views of incredible wind-form shapes.
But it’s the slickrock that Moab is known for, providing precarious climbs over a hard crusty surface. It’s all found in a small 25 sq mile area. No wonder off-road drivers find it challenging. It provides lots of traction. You’ll also find jarring transitions from soft sand to slickrock.
Off-road drivers will find Moab’s trails to be tight and technical; you’ll be driving slow and wincing at the 1000′ vertical drops. Be on the look-out for a trail known as Hell’s Revenge; it is one of the better-known spots that could take two to three hours.
Oregon offers a four-wheel aficionado a gem to experience in its Tillamook Forest. Situated only a couple of hours from Portland and even less from its Pacific coast, the Tillamook Forest provides 250 miles of trails that range in difficulty from easy forest roads to severe. The forest is spread out between the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill and Trask OHV Areas.
On its trails you’ll experience one of the biggest rock crawling trails in the Pacific Northwest as well as new found rocks, tight wooded trails, and mandatory mud holes to test your vehicle.
Because it is a working forest with trails occasionally closed for logging, the Oregon Department of Forestry publishes a Tillamook Forest OHV area map for drivers. It clearly identifies all of the trails, their difficulty level, and vehicle usage. You’ll find that off-road trails are well marked and trail closures are posted on the OHV trail report along with lots of other useful information.
If you plan a trip to Tillamook Forest, keep in mind that you’ll need a permit sticker for each vehicle using the OHV area. It can be purchased at local stores along the highway.
With summer vacations on the horizon, it is the perfect time to start exploring again on an AEV Jeep Wrangler. As a native from New Hampshire, we’re sure you live by our credo, “Live free or die.” We invite you to visit our Keene CDJR showroom and see our own AEV Jeep Wrangler models for sale.