Originally Posted by john.4002
Just picked up a 2010 Rubicon, and I'm interested in offroading in the Las Vegas area. It's my first Jeep, had modified Toyota trucks in the past.
Understand they're not made for jumping, but I'm more of a high speed wash / trail fan, maybe some light duning; never been much into crawling or obstacles.
Any suggestions on where to look for some fun beginner trails, or Weekend trips? I'm also a recent Vegas transplant, I've been told about Nellis dunes, and more near Pahrump / Jean.
Also, how active is the Las Vegas Jeep community? Are there Facebook, etc groups with more activity than the WF regional forum?
Thanks, and Hello
Oh, a bit busy--I imagine you have seen a lot of built (mall and trail) jeeps around.
On the web: Warmachines 702, Vegas Valley 4 Wheelers, and (probably a bunch I am not aware of).
On Facebook: Warmachines 702, Silverstate Wranglers, (probably) Vegas Valley 4 Wheelers, Battle Born Jeeps, and once again, prolly a bunch I'm not aware of.
And yes, busier than here--I try every once in a while, but generally not much interest these days.
Fast--hmmm. Jean Dry Lake area--search on Gaia (or elsewhere) for the Mint 400 route (which is coming up pretty soon btw--Trophy Trucks etc as it is a premier desert racing event. Logandale (Overton) has some pretty good dune riding (AND a lot of rock crawling which I understand you're not into--but if you hear about the rock, their dune valley is pretty cool too). Mojave Road! While it is not considered a race route, it is a HUGE Overland Grail--and you can do sections (in BFE) at pretty good speed.
Desert National Wildlife Refuge--pretty sure I don't remember speed limits once you get away from the Ranger Station heading north (several big long trails there that you can do at either good speed or outrageous speed if you are built for it. As always, not a closed course (2 way and stopped traffic), so be careful.
Just remembered GREAT DUNE riding--Sand Hollow State Park, up between St George and Hurricane, Utah.
There is also the Best in The Desert (same promoter as the Mint 400) Reno to Vegas race route. It is almost all off road, so search for it and have at it.
And welcome to the area.