For serious off-roaders, winter isn’t the time to keep your Jeep stored away safely in the garage. Wintertime offers some exhilarating times on your favorite trails, and an opportunity to explore new spots, too. Dig out your skis and snowboards as well because a lot of these best winter destinations for Jeep off-roading offer other opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.
If you’re an experienced off-roader, you must experience the Rubicon Trail in Lake Tahoe. You’ll need to understand how to safely off-road on snow because Lake Tahoe has some of the heaviest snowfalls in the continental United States. And be sure to bring your skis to visit one of the many ski resorts when you’re finished.
Big Horns Mountain in Wyoming
In Wyoming, you can visit the Big Horns that feature meadows, mountain walls, and valleys carved from glaciers, giving you a smorgasbord of off-roading terrain. You’ll have hundreds of campgrounds and trails to choose from, so plan your visit ahead of time. The backcountry scenery will give you amazing opportunities not only for off-roading, but for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, too.
Mount Washington in New Hampshire
On the east coast, you can explore Mount Washington, part of the Appalachian Mountain range. Nominated for the worst weather in the world, you can traverse Mount Washington if you’re feeling up for facing plummeting temperatures, heavy fog, and extreme snowfall. Even for the most experienced off-roaders, it’s a challenge.
The town of Wasilla, Alaska is close enough to Anchorage to enjoy their never-ending winter-themed festivals, but you’ll also have the chance to travel on the same routes as the Iditarod champions that call Wasilla home. You can follow the trails even during the race, giving you a whole new experience as sled dogs slide past your windows.
St. George, Utah
If you’re looking for a community of off-roaders, the best winter destination for Jeep off-roading is in Utah. The annual Winter on the Rocks happens in St George, with a dozen trails that range in difficulty from beginners to the experienced. You can race alongside hundreds of off-roaders all over the country, with all the proceeds going to fighting against the closure of public lands.
Don’t let winter keep you sidelined from exploring new areas of the country! You never who or what you’ll encounter.