It was one of those white-knuckle experiences. I was holding on tight as the Jeep Wrangler raced straight up the dusty, rock strewn hill, slipping and sliding along the way. We were on the way to Diablo Canyon just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Andrew, the owner of Santa Fe Jeep Tours, was behind the wheel. For Andrew, a former stunt man, it was just another day at the office. For me, it was an adrenaline pumping and somewhat terrifying wild ride. And I loved every minute of it.
I’ve always loved a good road trip. But off-roading is something I’d never tried until recently—and I highly recommend giving it a try. From wild rides like the one in New Mexico, to Land Rover courses with vehicles price at $75,000 and above, to an ultimate adventure in Formula off-roading with Offroad Iceland, there are plenty of off-road adventure options around the world. Here are a few to check out.
Tackling Deserts, Canyons and Mountains
Our ride to Diablo Canyon with Santa Fe Jeep Tours was just one of the many trails offered. The aptly named Diablo Canyon route starts out on the desert trail and heads across rugged dirt trails toward majestic rock formations. We took a break and hiked into the canyon where we were dwarfed by the towering canyons, and where enthusiastic (and brave) climbers could be seen scaling the rocks.
Our hike out brought us face to face with bulls that had managed to escape their ranch—you never know what you’ll run into. But I’ll take bulls over mountain lions any day. Back in the Jeep we headed straight for the Rio Grande…seriously, we drove right into it and into a scene from an Ansell Adams painting.
If movie locations get your blood pumping, try the Bonanza Creek Movie Studio Tour which takes you through the filming locations for several movies and TV shows including “Silverado,” “Breaking Bad,” “Manhattan Project,” and “Young Guns.”