October 29, 2015

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You need to live in the right place if you want to drive off the road a lot of the times. Some places have ridiculous local laws about off-road driving, usually about how it’s going to affect the children, the environment, or both. You’re going to have to make sure that your area doesn’t have anything like that if you’re planning on doing some local off-road driving. If you can make the trip though, you should totally check out these awesome locations from the perfect perspective of your Jeep or your SUV.

Colorado is a great state for off-roading to begin with because of how much open and undeveloped space it has. It also has a lot of great mountainous areas, so if you have what it takes to get to the highest points, you’ll be rewarded by these really awesome views. It’s also just a great place to visit in the summer. If I had to pick the single greatest place in all of Colorado to go off-roading, though, it would definitely be the Argentine Pass.

You really don’t even know Colorado until you’ve actually gotten to the top of the Argentine Pass. There is no pass in the whole state of Colorado that’s higher which is also accessible by a vehicle, unless you have an airplane or a jet pack. Getting to actually look back at all of these incredible mountainous areas is just unbelievable. ‘Awesome’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. You really have to be good at off-roading before you can really get to the top of this pass, but if you’re man enough and you have enough practice, you really can make it.

While you’re in Colorado, you also need to check out the Imogene Pass. It isn’t a awesome as Argentine Pass, but it’s close enough that you really shouldn’t leave Colorado without taking it on. It’s also a little easier than Argentine Pass, even if it also takes a road warrior or a road warrior in training to really get there. It’s also a great place to go hiking if you want to get to the very top of all the nearby peaks. If you’re like me and like to go camping or hiking after off-roading, then this is one of the best places to go.

Of course, Colorado and that entire region of the country also has a lot of great open fields, and I really recommend that to someone who is just starting out when it comes to off-roading. Don’t be a hero: you don’t need to automatically tackle the hardest places in order to prove how manly you are. Sometimes even when you have a lot of off-roading experience it’s fun to ride around in an open field for a little while. You can still feel free, but this time you’re going to feel both free and relaxed.

Almost anywhere in the American West is going to have lots of great places to drive off the road on a flat, open prairie. You’ll also find a lot of locals who are really enthusiastic about off-roading. Off-road driving is way more popular in those parts of the country. They have more space for it. I think that they also are more about freedom, which is a big part of it. One way or another, you can honestly have the time of your driving life by doing some off-road driving in the American West.