Best Off-Highway Drives Destinations

This list represents the most popular off-highway drives in North America. Use this list to plan your next off-highway drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Verde Hot Spring


The remains of an extensive hot-spring resort, with several pools still available for bathing. Verde Hot Spring was at one time a thriving resort complete with hotel and several baths. Today, all that…
From the guidebook "Touring Arizona Hot Springs"
Strawberry, AZ - Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 2 miles Best Trail in az - Click to view allBestHiking, Off-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Cleghorn Ridge


An exciting and scenic drive. An easy trail is intertwined with a difficult trail. Choose an easy or difficult route at almost every fork. Finish at beautiful Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area. Ma…
From the guidebook "Guide to Southern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
San Bernardino, CA - Off-Highway Drives - 15 miles Best Trail in ca - Click to view allBestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Four Peaks Mine


Very popular mountain drive with several great hiking trails. Dispersed camping allowed. Make sure to pack out all trash. Heavily used ATV and dirt bike area. Stay on roads and trails at all times. Gr…
From the guidebook "Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Phoenix, AZ - Off-Highway Drives - 28 miles Best Trail in az - Click to view allBestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Broken Arrow


Although fairly short, this trail has to be considered one of the best in Arizona. It is extremely fun to drive and the red rock scenery is knock-out beautiful. This is an extremely popular route and…
From the guidebook "Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Sedona, AZ - Off-Highway Drives - 4 miles Best Trail in az - Click to view allBestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Gunsight Pass


Old mining road with beautiful views from Gunsight Pass and Lopez Pass at the top of the Santa Rita Mountains. This is a popular ATV area. Make sure you stay on numbered routes only and follow Tread L…
From the guidebook "Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Green Valley, AZ - Off-Highway Drives - 23 miles Best Trail in az - Click to view allBestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. The Rubicon Jeep Trail Off Road Drive


Perhaps the best known and most popular 4x4 trail in the world. A rare combination of difficulty, beauty, length and pure rock-crawling pleasure. Great camping next to crystal clear lakes with stunnin…
From the guidebook "Guide to Northern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Tahoma, CA - Off-Highway Drives - 18.6 miles BestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Boulder Creek Road


Beautiful views to the west, from well over 3,500 feet, of fog coming in off the ocean. Rolling, chaparral-covered mountain tops strewn with granite as you drive along a winding mountain road. A relax…
From the guidebook "California Coastal Byways"
Julian, CA - Off-Highway Drives - 24 miles BestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Wilderness Press

#8. Otay Mountain Truck Trail


Otay Mountain Truck Trail is a well-maintained road that winds over the ridge tops of the San Ysidro Mountains. The trail is well used by the U.S. Border Patrol, which takes advantage of its ridge top…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Ocotillo, CA - Off-Highway Drives - 16.2 miles BestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Adler Publishing

#9. Saline Valley Hot Spring


An extremely isolated series of hot springs in a low desert environment. Despite their isolation, the springs are visited heavily and groups of people stay for extended periods. Several concrete tubs…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Lone Pine, CA - Off-Highway Drives - 0 BestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Backway to Crown King


This is a challenging four-wheel-drive route but is also a great historical tour. Your trip will be greatly enhanced if you learn a little about the area before you go. Most of this route is easy to m…
From the guidebook "Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Phoenix, AZ - Off-Highway Drives - 34.4 miles BestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#11. Backway to Mount Lemmon


A fun, lightly-used backcountry road to popular Mt. Lemmon. Usually driven from south side on busy Catalina Highway. Camp in Coronado National Forest’s Peppersauce Campground. Well-maintained dirt roa…
From the guidebook "Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Oracle, AZ - Off-Highway Drives - 25 miles BestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#12. Switzerland Trail


This route follows the old railroad bed of the Switzerland Trail Railway. Enjoy broad vistas and stunning fall color. You’ll pass through Gold Hill where buildings, like the Gold Hill Store, remain mu…
From the guidebook "Guide to Northern Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Boulder, CO - Off-Highway Drives - 14.3 miles Best Trail in co - Click to view allBestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#13. Schnebly Hill Road


Towering red rock buttes set against a backdrop of deep-green forest and clear blue sky make this road one of Arizona’s most photogenic. The road climbs over 2,200 feet from Sedona to the top of massi…
From the guidebook "Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Sedona, AZ - Off-Highway Drives - 12 miles BestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#14. Bulldog Canyon


A permit is required for this trail. It’s easy to obtain and free. Carry it with you at all times. This is a highly sensitive area and subject to closure. The trail passes through scenic Sonoran Deser…
From the guidebook "Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Apache Junction, AZ - Off-Highway Drives - 8 miles BestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#15. Big Caliente Hot Spring


A natural hot spring piped into a cement pool in the rugged mountains above Santa Barbara. Well-known, Big Caliente experiences heavy visitation on weekends. Despite its rather rugged location, Big Ca…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Santa Barbara, CA - Off-Highway Drives, Scenic Drives - 0
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Chivo Falls


This great hard-core trail features Chivo Falls. During wet periods, water flows over a high rock ledge and drops dramatically to a pool below. This cool, shaded halfway point on the route is a popula…
From the guidebook "Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Tucson, AZ - Off-Highway Drives - 10 miles BestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#17. Box Canyon


A unique and scenic drive through a narrow, steep-walled canyon. It’s tempting to rate this trail easy but there are several moderate-size rocks to get over. Stock SUVs with good ground clearance shou…
From the guidebook "Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Florence, AZ - Off-Highway Drives - 13.3 miles BestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#18. Apache Trail


The road weaves along mountainsides above the Salt River Valley then drops precipitously into the valley at Fish Creek Hill. Along the way you’re treated to gorgeous views of Canyon Lake and Apache La…
From the guidebook "Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Apache Junction, AZ - Off-Highway Drives - 39 miles BestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#19. Bull Springs Road


Little-used mining road crosses Santa Rita Mountains from Interstate 19 to Hwy. 82 south of Patagonia. See mines along the route and adobe ruins at Alto Camp, once a community of several hundred peopl…
From the guidebook "Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Arivaca, AZ - Off-Highway Drives - 24 miles BestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#20. Engineer Pass


This trail, combined with Cinnamon Pass, constitutes the famous Alpine Loop. It is an exhilarating trip for drivers of all experience levels. There are many mines and points of historical interest alo…
From the guidebook "Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails, Vol. 1"
Ouray, CO - Off-Highway Drives - 21 miles BestOff-Highway Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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