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November 16, 2021

Off-Roading in Style: Terrains to Explore using an ATV or UTV

Feeling adventurous? These exciting terrains are available to new and experienced drivers alike with the right ATV or UTV.

With the growing interest in outdoor adventures, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility-terrain vehicles (UTVs) are seeing a surge in popularity. Off-roading is an incredibly fun, exciting, and exhilarating recreational activity that’s welcoming to newbies and experienced riders alike. 

Whether you’re new to the scene and are looking for an adventure or a long-time enthusiast that’s searching for a challenge there’s always something new for every rider. Let’s look at some of the most popular off-roading activities for you to try!

Light Trails 

If you’re just getting started, this is probably the best place to start. Light trails encompass just about any unpaved road — this includes forest trails and ol’ country roads. For this type of trail, you can expect loose gravel, some ditches, or a few bumps and puddles along the way. However, these won’t pose too much of a challenge for any ATV or UTV. This is the best way for beginners to get a feel for their equipment and the off-roading style of riding. It’s a safe, mellow, and fun way to practice. 

Sand Dunes

For those lucky enough to get a chance to ride on sand, it’s an opportunity you can’t pass up. Riding an ATV or UTV across and over dunes is a unique and exhilarating way to enjoy the outdoors. This type of riding requires a few precautions to have the best experience. Skill and finesse are critical as you traverse across the shape-shifting desert sand. Due to the very nature of these landforms, there are a lot of opportunities to find jumps, challenging slopes, ridges to climb, and more. Although dunes can seem like they are only for the advanced, as long as you are riding safely and following safety protocols there is no reason you can’t join in on the fun as a beginner. 


Now that we’ve talked about taking an ATV or UTV out onto the desert sand, let’s take it one step further and talk about taking your equipment mudding. Mudding is exactly what it sounds like: riders traverse areas of wet mud with varying levels of difficulty. The most important part of mudding is ensuring you have the right type of tires that are designed specifically for muddy conditions. This type of outdoor adventure requires some experience and guidance and can be a lot of fun if properly prepared. Who doesn’t like getting a bit dirty while off-roading?

Rock Crawling or Rock Climbing

Rock crawling, or climbing, is also exactly what it sounds like. Riders explore and cross terrains that feature large, uneven, and rocky hills or plains. That can sound intimidating at first but with a little bit of practice and guidance, it might become your favorite ATV/UTV activity. This type of off-roading is a bit more challenging and requires a few extra modifications and sometimes even a “spotter” that helps the driver with visibility, especially when going uphill. The driver must be focused and attentive to make their way left and right, up and down, maneuvering the vehicle through the difficult terrain of sharp or loose rocks, steep surfaces, and narrow pathways. 

Overland or Cross-Country

If you want to take your time and go the distance, this particular activity could be the one for you. Unlike the other types that focus on shorter distances and centralized activities, going cross-country takes your adventure to the great wide open. Spanning over several days and miles, this type of ATVing or UTVing often goes into uncharted territory! This is a great activity that includes camping and exploring several different types of terrain. Cross-country adventuring is perfect for long-time enthusiasts who want to challenge themselves. The excitement of going to a remote place and being one with nature is worth pursuing.


As ATVs allow you to explore rougher terrains, another great use for ATVs or UTVs is as a hunting tool. Hunting grounds usually have trails that can go deep into the wilderness but ATVs can help take you even further.  ATVs are designed to be more adaptive to whatever terrain you might come across, so whether you’re hunting for deer, turkey, or elk, ATVs can help you get where you want to go. ATVs come with a wide range of peripherals that can aid in your hunt and can carry heavy loads of equipment or assist after a successful outing. The increased popularity of ATVs over the years has led to animals being more familiar with their sound and smell, ensuring the animals won’t be spooked — a benefit for any hunter! Of course, the use of sound mufflers and camouflage is highly recommended. It’s also important to note that hunting with off-road vehicles can come with a few restrictions and local laws that you will need to follow so always do your research before your trip to ensure you have a happy hunt!

Off-roading can be intimidating. There is a lot of action, the terrain can be formidable, and there is the chance for an occasional tumble. However, when you prepare with proper safety precautions, you are preparing yourself for a day filled with fun. So whether you’re a newbie who’s starting on their first light trail, a long time mudder who’d like to try rocks this time around, or an experienced driver looking for that next big exploration, you can get your next adventure started by renting an ATV or UTV on DayTrail. Rev your engines and head for the trails!

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One thought on “Off-Roading in Style: Terrains to Explore using an ATV or UTV

  • Savannah
    on December 15, 2021

    Love this! I am excited to give the Sand Dunes a try 🙂


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