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Our Playgrounds - Where The Editors Have Fun - Sand Mountain

Jeeps And Toyota Tacoma On The Trail
Phil Howell | Writer
Posted August 27, 2013

Where We Go When We’re Off The Clock

BFGoodrich asked editors where we go to have fun when we’re not working, where we take our friends and do the “thing” we’re most passionate about. Where do we live our lifestyle on our own terms?

In my case, the thing I’m most passionate about is taking a 4x4 vehicle exploring in Southwestern Utah, Northwestern Arizona, and Southeastern Nevada. This area includes almost every kind of ’wheeling you can find, including mild exploring roads, tough 4x4 trails, rock crawling, sand dunes, and terrain ranging from deserts to mountains. There’s heat, dust, rain, mud, cold, and snow. Except for jungles, this area has it all. It also includes Sand Mountain OHV Area that’s a few miles south of my home.

Sand Mountain can accommodate all users, whether they’re experienced hands or brand new to the sport. All forms of motorized recreation are welcome, including motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, 4x4s, and buggies. There’s sand (duh), slickrock, dirt, and rocks, all arranged in ways to make our adventures interesting. As I’ve found many times, a short adventure into Sand Mountain can turn interesting fast as it’s easy to get stuck or broken as shifting sand covers/exposes rock and changes with every windstorm.

My playground isn’t limited to Sand Mountain OHV Area, though. Ninety miles south is Grand Canyon National Park, a scenic wonder of the world. The 90 miles of Arizona Strip dirt roads and trails pass through desert, grassy plains where cattle graze, pine trees, rocky precipitous cliffs, and ghost towns. There’s a little bit of everything to see and explore.

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  • Sand Hollow State Park is adjacent to Sand Mountain OHV Area. You can fish, water ski, or Jet Ski on Sand Hollow reservoir, or just cool off after a day of ’wheeling. There’s a picnic area and swimming beach here now, but we had a great time driving on the beach when the photo was shot.

If the Grand Canyon isn’t on the itinerary, a trip to Southern Nevada includes Mojave Desert adventuring or a quick dip into Lake Mead. Heading north and east from here includes Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. There’s no off-roading allowed in the park boundaries (except for some mild dirt roading), but the areas around the parks are just as beautiful and compelling.

Maybe I should find another hobby to escape from work, but I like to four-wheel. My playground is one of the places I go, whether it’s for work or play. Thanks, BFG, for asking.

Where are your playgrounds? offroadplaygrounds.com

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  • Slickrock walls are fun in my playground. BFG KX Krawlers grip just fine, thank you.

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