Yamaha Rhino side-by-side UTV on a trail in Mohave County Arizona from an old ranching corral far up a canyon.

From the corral the trail crawls over a rock ridge, down a wash then on to this well traveled portion.

New Mexico has an abundance of wide open country for off-roading adventures. If you have the right rig, those spaces are yours to explore, whether you’re looking for an off-roading day trip to challenge your vehicle with obstacles on designated trails or you’re ready for a full overlanding adventure by hitting the back roads for self-supported overnight travel. There’s so much of New Mexico that goes unseen.

Travelling over difficult terrain requires vehicles capable of off-road driving such as ATVs. These vehicles have features designed specifically for use in off-road conditions such as extended ground clearance, off-road tires and a strengthened drive-train. Some manufacturers offer vehicles specifically designed for off-road use.

Off-roading is a term used to describe driving on unpaved ground. This surface can be almost anything other than typical smooth pavement, including fields, riverbeds, muddy bogs, sand dunes, beaches, mountainsides, gravel, boulders and even roads that have fallen into disrepair. If it’s not paved (or paved well), it’s fair game for off-roaders.

Some off-roaders enjoy the natural scenery, while others love the technical challenge that driving on unpaved ground presents. Whatever type of off-roading you’re into, it can be a great pastime as long as you know what you’re doing.

Do you have any other trails to share? Please do in the comment section below.

Remember to always ride safe and sober and with proper protective gear.

Happy trails!