So grab your ATV gear, let your beards grow free and take the bonds of fraternity to the wilderness on one of these recommended trails:
The Last Frontier beckons. Will you answer the call? With no shortage of sunshine in the summer, Alaska remains a bright candidate on the list of greatest states to ATV in. Untamed Alaska is home to unparalleled scenery and a variety of wildlife. Brian Fisher, host of Fisher’s ATV World on the Outdoor Channel, recommends hiring a guide for exploring off-road, as Alaska is vast and sparsely populated. Check out a custom ATV tour to build the perfect macho mancation.
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If you’re on the West Coast, check out the Imperial Sand Dunes, also known as Glamis, in California. Covering more than 20,000 acres, Glamis has some of the best dune riding in the country to satisfy your need for speed. Race your buddies up Competition Hill or Oldsmobile Hill. Head to Glamis around Halloween or Thanksgiving to socialize with other ATV enthusiasts, but be prepared to fight the crowds. Don’t forget to hydrate — with something other than a frosty beverage. The Glamis desert can dehydrate you quickly and even the manliest among us need water. Hit up Glamis’ riding season between September and April.
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The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area receive more than 350,000 ATV riders each year. More than a quarter million people can’t have it wrong and, indeed, the 5,930 acres of open riding sand and 6,100 acres of trails offer a chance to feel the salty ocean air on your face as you fly over the sand. Hit up the Umpqua Riding area for the steepest dunes.
If you consider mud-spattered gear a sign of a great ride, you’ll love Royal Blue in Tennessee. Trails range from easy to moderate with mud, creeks and other obstacles for your splashing enjoyment. Pitch the tent or rent a cabin at the Ride Royal Blue ATV Resort and Campground, and shower off the mud. Or not. You’re just going to get dirty again tomorrow.
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It’s impossible to talk about all-terrain vehicles and not think of Utah. Like the first sip of a beer after a long day of work, this southwestern state is a refreshing playground for the warrior in every man. Fishing, hiking, mountain biking, four-wheeling, Utah offers something for everyone, including some of the best ATV trails in the United States. For the hearty, the Paiute ATV Trail is a 25-hour trail reaching heights of 11,000 feet and stretching across 238 miles. It winds through forest featuring mountaintop vista views, streams and lakes, with more than 1,000 miles of side trails — just make sure all your buddies subscribe to the creed “leave no man behind.”
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