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Top 10 Winter Off-Roading Destinations in the States


December 15, 2023




The Rocky Mountain High - Colorado

Why It Rocks: Ever driven your truck through a winter wonderland? Colorado's Rocky Mountains are where snow, slopes, and adrenaline meet.

Pro Tip: Make sure your rig's sporting a Rough Country’s top-notch suspension kit. You’ll need that extra lift for those snowy peaks!

Rocky Mountain, ColoradoRocky Mountain, Colorado
Photo Credit: Steve Adams

The Alaskan Wilderness

The Experience: Journey through Alaska's expansive wilderness, where raw, natural beauty and the thrill of unpredictability are around every corner.

Remember: You're in the realm of the great unknown! Prepare with the right overlanding gear to meet the challenges of the frosty wilderness.

Photo Credit: Sandra Seitamaa

Moab, Utah – The Snowy Red Rock Experience

The Draw: Experience a different side of Moab – where the fiery red rocks meet a serene snowfall, offering a breathtakingly unique landscape.

Our Advice: Get those off-road lights ready. Winter days can be short, and you don't want to miss a moment of this scenery.

Moab, UtahMoab, Utah
Photo Credit: Lisha Riabinina

Michigan's Upper Peninsula – Snow Galore

The Appeal: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is the ultimate destination for those who love a snowy paradise. This region transforms into a spectacular snowy paradise, covering every tree, hill, and valley.

Essential Prep: Navigating the snowy terrains of Michigan's UP calls for more than just excitement – it demands the right gear. From thermal wear to snowshoes, make sure you’re outfitted for the ultimate snowy adventure.

Michigan's Upper PeninsulaMichigan's Upper Peninsula
Photo Credit: Richard Ciraulo

The Maine Event – Northern Forests

Why Choose Maine? Its Northern Forests are a haven for winter off-roading, boasting dense woodlands and a generous blanket of snow. This hidden gem offers a unique blend of challenge and tranquility. 

Quick Tip: You're not alone out there. Keep an eye out for wildlife.


Big Bear, California

The Surprise: California isn't all beaches and sun. Just a drive from San Diego, Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains defies California's sunny stereotype with its snow-capped heights.

Rough Country Wisdom: In California's varied landscapes, a superior suspension system is essential. It's the key to transforming rugged paths into smooth, enjoyable rides, even in the chilliest conditions.

Big Bear, CaliforniaBig Bear, California
Photo Credit: Kvnga

Washington's Backcountry-The Pacific Northwest Challenge

What to Expect: Be ready for Washington's diverse weather – a mix of rain, snow, and more, creating a dynamic outdoor challenge.

Essential Gear: Don't forget your mud tires – they're key to enjoying the messy and thrilling journey through Washington’s backcountry.

Pacific NorthwestPacific Northwest
Photo Credit: Adventure Scout

Montana’s Mountain Trails – Big Sky, Big Adventure

Why Montana? In Montana, winter brings a new challenge to off-roading under wide-open skies. 

Rough Country Tip: Along with a reliable winch for those tricky spots, make sure your vehicle is winter-ready. Navigating Montana’s snow-draped trails requires both skill and the right equipment.

Photo Credit: Nikil Badey

The Green Mountains of Vermont – Winter’s Hidden Paradise

The Appeal: Vermont's Green Mountains are more than just ski slopes – they're a playground for snowy off-road excursions, offering thrilling trails for a snowy ride.

Be Prepared: Make sure to plan ahead and have essential supplies ready for your snowy journey.

Photo Credit: Kevin Wiegand

New Hampshire’s White Mountains

The Scoop: This place is like a postcard but better because you can drive through it!

Rough Country’s Advice: To fully enjoy your journey through the White Mountains, make sure your vehicle is equipped with the right lighting to help navigate the windy road. 

New HampshireNew Hampshire
Photo Credit: Balazs Busznyak

From the majestic Rocky Mountains to the hidden paradise of Vermont's Green Mountains, these off-road havens promise adventure, natural beauty, and unforgettable experience. 

Got any winter off-roading tales to share? Or maybe a spot we missed? Drop them in the comments below! 

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Mitchell Moody

December 30, 2023

What about the Southeast? We have some of the toughest trails and in my opinion most beautiful mountain views in the world. Everyone I know has a lifted truck out of necessity, not just for looks or trail riding and am pretty sure we give y'all a lot of business but no mention of anything below the Mason Dixon and east of the Mississippi.


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