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Wheeling At Rocky Mountain Terrain Park

Posted in Events on June 1, 2011
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Photographers: Sharon Grader

When you think of the Rocky Mountains, the first thing that comes to mind is snowcapped peaks in Colorado. However, for the locals around Maine, there is a genuine 4x4 area called the Rocky Mountain Terrain Park. While the name is misleading because you can’t get much farther from the Rocky Mountains in the contiguous United States, the park has truly rocky, mountainous terrain. We popped in one fine fall day to check out what the mega-acre park had to offer.

While relatively unknown to the wheeling world outside of the northeast, this park has been owned by John Steele for eight years, and he’s still opening trails there considered by some people to be the finest in the area.

But trails aren’t the only attraction. John has made two different mud pits for various levels of contestants, as well as a rock pile for crawling around. These venues are visible from the cozy lodge where food and fun can be had any time of the year.

John is also planning on more trails for the beginner wheeler to get more people into the sport. While he offers weekend packages inclusive of trails, lodging, and food, you can also go on your own any time of the yearincluding winterto wheel, snowmobile, tube, and ski.

We were lucky to catch up with John and the Maine 4x4 Club for an impromptu tour of a few of the great trails. For more information on Maine’s wheeling hot (or cold) spot, check out the park’s website,, and

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