The Rest of the West

Here are some ideas for areas to explore in other western states. Links go to YouTube videos or Instagram pics, just to give you a taste of what you might find there. Locations listed here are merely suggestions. These are all places I would be willing to tackle in my Forester. But always do your own research on your destination before setting out. Know the limits of your vehicle, and travel with adequate navigation and communication tools, as well as recovery gear and survival supples.  Have a suggestion for this list? Submit it here!

The @softroadingthewest Instagram account features submitted photos from softroaders across the west and is another great source of excursion ideas. @softroadingthewest


(Flagstaff) Big Ridge / Kaibab National Forest

(Phoenix) Apache Trail
(Phoenix) Cave Creek Road /Seven Springs Road area
(Phoenix) Florence Box Canyon Looks fun but may be challenging for unmodified softroader
(Phoenix) Knoll Lake/Mogollan Rim Area
(Phoenix) Rincon Road Beautiful area, may be challenging for unmodified softroader
(Phoenix) Table Mesa Recreation Area

(Sedona) Dry Creek Road
(Sedona) Outlaw Trail
(Sedona) Schnebly Hill Road

(Southeast Arizona) Chiricahua National Forest
(Southeast Arizona) Muleshoe Ranch Road/Jackson Cabin

(Southern Arizona) Ajo Mountain Drive

(Tucson) Redington Pass


(NorCal) Mendocino National Forest
(NorCal) Peligren Jeepway Loop

(Sierra) Deadman Pass
(Sierra) Mammoth Lakes area

(SoCal) Alabama Hills/Movie Flats Road
(SoCal) Anza Borrego Desert
(SoCal) Bee Canyon/San Jacinto Truck Trails
(SoCal) Butler Peak (2N13 route)
(SoCal) Death Valley
(SoCal) Joshua Tree area
(SoCal) Lucerne Valley
(SoCal) Mojave area
(SoCal) Pismo Beach/Oceano Dunes
(SoCal) Santa Rosa Mountains
(SoCal) Trona Pinnacles area


Black Bear Pass
Caribou Ghost Town Area
Gold Camp Road
Imogene Pass (looks difficult but amazing)
Last Dollar Road
Ophir Pass
Ouray area
Russell Gulch
Shelf Road
Switzerland Trail
U.S Basin Forest Road (San Juan County)
Yankee Boy Basin


Bruneau Canyon
Camas Creek Canyon
City of Rocks National Reserve
Jump Creek Falls area
Kuna area
Lost River Mountains
Salmon Falls Creek Canyon
Stanley / Sawtooth Mountains
Sun Valley area



Carpenter Canyon
Carson Valley
Jean area
Mt Charleston area
Red Rock Canyon
Wendover area

New Mexico

Ship Rock
White Sands


Central Utah) Capitol Reef National Park / Cathedral Valley
Central Utah) Goblin Valley area
(Central Utah) Henry Mountains area
(Central Utah) Skyline Drive

(Moab) Hurrah Pass
(Moab) Shafer Trail
(Moab) White Rim Road

(Salt Lake City) Bonneville Salt Flats

(Southern Utah) Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat'l Monument
(Southern Utah) Lake Powell area
(Southern Utah) Monument Valley
(Southern Utah) Zion National Park



Hmmm...looks liky Wyoming needs some work.  I know there's some stunning wilderness to be explored in this state. I'll try to get some ideas posted here soon.

If you have any Wyoming excursions to share, please let me know!