Sometimes, it’s fun to ride around and get a little dirty. So put your waterproof compass to the test at the off-roading destinations.
How many times have you jumped into your car purely for the joy of taking a ride? Often, when we hop in, we’re headed to a destination–maybe a hike or a campsite–but sometimes, it's just for the fun of the ride.
When you leave the pavement behind for muddy terrain, it turns into more than just a joy ride. It’s bumpy, wild, and also incredibly exhilarating. Whether you’re driving an ATV, Jeep, or truck, mudding is just another great way to see these outdoor places we call home.
Like any trip, it’s vital to know where you’re going. You won’t always have phone service when you ditch the road for a little bit of mud, which is why a waterproof compass is perfect for mudding in an open off-road vehicle.
Test Your Waterproof Compass While Off-Roading
There are so many places both in and around the U.S. that are prime for a fun day of mudding or off-roading. Here’s where you can test the traction of your vehicle.
San Gabriel Canyon, Azusa, California
Located about an hour east of Los Angeles, San Gabriel Canyon is the only state-owned off highway vehicle area in southern California. This canyon happens to be located on U.S. Forest Service land and has plenty of mud pits galore. But if you want to try more than mudding, you can also test your tires on rocky terrain or through water. This canyon also offers an obstacle course that’s open on the weekends if you want to hone in on some of your technical driving skills.
Whipsaw Trail, British Columbia
Drive your whip across the border and get a feel for that Canadian mud on the Whipsaw Trail in British Columbia. This trail is still an active mining and logging road, so mudders might run into some other traffic. Mid to late summer is the best time to travel the Whipsaw, as there will be less rainfall. But don’t worry, there will still be plenty of mud to splash your ATV through–just bring tow straps in case you get stuck.
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, Georgia
If you’re just getting into mudding of off-roading, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, located in northern and central Georgia, is a great place to get started. With plenty of beginner trails that offer sweeping vista views, it’s no wonder that you would get into mudding down in these southern parts. Mud, rocks, pits, you name it, this Georgia jewel has plenty to offer any off-roader–no matter the skill level.
You can’t expect too much mud in the southwest desert, but what kind of off-roading list would this be without Moab. This Utah destination is one of the most famous mountain biking, hiking, and rafting meccas in the U.S. Due to the amount of bike and foot traffic, a lot of trails are closed to vehicles. However, off-highway vehicles are allowed on some parts, you just need a permit. With grand sandstone arches and desert views for miles, Moab is a great backdrop for all of your off-roading adventures.