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Tierra Del Sol at Truckhaven Hills, California

Trucks, Jeeps, and buggys alike gather for a weekend of off-roading

For more than 60 years, Tierra Del Sol has been a family-oriented off-road club based in San Diego, California. Every spring, the club gathers off-road enthusiasts from across the country for a weekend chock-full of wheeling—better known as the Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari.

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We ventured into the desert for the weekend to see what this year’s event had to offer. The center of the action was at the Ocotillo Wells 4x4 Training Area. Here we found an assortment of professionally crafted obstacles suited for stock as well as heavily modified 4x4 vehicles. Features ranged from hillclimbs and boulders to stacks of concrete tubing and a system of narrow concrete notches designed to trap anything but capable rock buggys.

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Daybreak on Saturday found participants lining up for the official trail run through the desert. For those not participating in the run, Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area offered 85,000 acres open to exploration by off-road vehicles. Even if you weren’t piloting a 4x4, the event offered a spectator area to watch vehicles on the training course, a vendor village with edible treats and off-road gear, and a raffle to finish the night.

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Some of the Four Wheeler staff headed into the hills and washes for a day of wheeling. We have some of the best videos from the weekend here, check them out!

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