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Plan Your 4X4 Travel To The Southwest To Enjoy Our Off Roading Trails

We at Dixie 4 Wheel Drive don’t mean to brag, but we do love living in the Southwest. Not only are we surrounded by miles of off-roading trails here, but also breathtaking scenery. With unique wildlife, sand washes, historical and archaeological sites, desert blooms and glorious sunsets, this part of the country is a hidden gem, waiting for your discovery. If you don’t appreciate the interesting red rock formations, then the picturesque valleys, petroglyphs or rolling sand dunes are sure to grab your attention.

Stunning natural beauty aside, the Southwest is also home to endless miles of off-roading trails, guaranteeing hours of adventure. However, you can’t just get up and head out to explore them, you have to adequately prepare yourself.

Here are 5 things to keep in mind:

  1. Do your research on the best local trails.

Learn about the trails you want to go off-roading on as well as what you need to make it an enjoyable experience. For starters, look up the trail rating system and choose trails that you’re comfortable with. It’s also a good idea to sign up for trail rides with other avid off-roaders if you don’t know the area well. That way, you can safely enjoy the amazing trails without worrying about getting lost. You can also download detailed maps beforehand to help you find your way.

  1. Ensure you select the right vehicle.

For a safe, fun trip, ensure that you pick the right vehicle for the job. While most stock 4x4s can hack some of the trails, modified ones stand a better chance especially with the more technical obstacles you might encounter. Where trucks and Jeeps might have difficulties squeezing in some places, dune buggies and other ATVs might have no trouble at all.

  1. Make sure your 4x4 is safe.

The other thing is to ensure whichever vehicle you choose is safe. This means making sure it is properly serviced, has solid recovery points in both the front and the rear and that fluids are topped up. Check that the tires, shocks, brakes, engine, lights etc. are also working well before you leave.

  1. Adhere to the OHV and ATV rules.

For your own safety, make sure you adhere to the set OHV and ATV rules in the area you visit. This includes things like registering your OHV beforehand, always wearing a helmet, sticking to designated routes, etc.

  1. Tread lightly.

Finally, be a responsible off-roader and tread lightly. This means traveling responsibly, respecting other trail users, educating yourself on the area you intend to visit as well as how to handle a 4WD. It also involves avoiding sensitive areas and doing your part to ensure the trails remain clean and litter free by cleaning up after yourself.

Along with our trail riding events, Dixie 4 Wheel Drive also offers off-roading education classes to ensure that everyone who hits the trails does so in a safe, fun way. You can check out our classes as you plan your trip.


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