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4runner Backcountry Driving

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Yes, Virginia, there was also plenty of time at Expo for some desert driving in the southern Arizona backcountry. The trails in the region, which range from 3,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level, aren't particularly technical, though we did encounter a few steep, off-camber wash-outs along the way, and the thick stands of ocotillo and cholla that occasionally line the trail can contribute a few extra "brush strokes" to your vehicle's paint if you're not careful. The desert floor is extremely rocky, however, so premium tires are highly recommended for even the "easy" routes.