Top Summer Off-Roading Destinations in the USA

Top Summer Off-Roading Destinations in the USA

Summer is just about here, and the call of the wild beckons to off-road enthusiasts across the country. From the red rocks of Moab to the sandy beaches of the Outer Banks, the United States is home to some of the most thrilling and breathtaking off-roading destinations in the world. Whether you’re a seasoned off-road veteran or a newbie looking for an adrenaline-packed adventure, there’s something for everyone to discover and explore.

In this blog post, we’ll take you on a journey to some of the top off-roading destinations in the US, each offering its own unique blend of scenery, challenges, and excitement. We’ll dive into the highlights of each destination, sharing tips, insights, and recommendations to help you plan your ultimate summer off-road adventure.

Moab, Utah

Nestled in the heart of Utah, Moab offers an unparalleled off-road experience with its rugged terrain, towering sandstone cliffs, and iconic red rock formations. The red “slick-rock” found throughout the park pulls more than just off-roaders’ attention; Moab brings bikers, hikers, and horseback riders each year, bringing in over 3 million visitors annually.

The expansive red terrain is almost 500 million years old, allowing for immensely unique rock formations and views. The unique aspects of this destination don’t end there. Since there aren’t established and maintained trails at Moab, you’re truly off-roading! From the challenging trails of Hell’s Revenge to the scenic views of the La Sal Mountains, Moab has something for every level of off-road enthusiast. 

 

Aroostook County ATV Trails, Maine

Tucked away in the northeastern corner of Maine, Aroostook County is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking untouched wilderness and thrilling off-road adventures. With over 2,300 miles of interconnected ATV trails, Aroostook County offers some of the best off-roading experiences in the Northeast.

Combining breathtaking scenery and trails for a wide variety of skill levels with cozy, warm hospitality, you’ll quickly discover why Aroostook County is known for its friendly locals and laid-back atmosphere. 

Little Sahara Dunes, Oklahoma

Found right in the heart of Oklahoma, Little Sahara Dunes is a hidden gem for off-road enthusiasts seeking adrenaline-pumping adventures amidst towering sand dunes and expansive desert landscapes. Over 1,600 acres of sand dunes reaching heights of up to 75 feet sprawl across Little Sahara, offering endless opportunities for off-road excitement.

Despite this pick being a popular destination, the wide-open terrain prevents off-roaders from feeling packed in. While some of the destinations on this list are primarily limited to the summer season, Little Sahara Dunes offers year-round exhilaration!

 

Ocala National Forest, Florida

Located in the heart of Florida, Ocala National Forest offers off-road enthusiasts a unique blend of tropical landscapes and thrilling trails. With 200 miles of designated off-road trails, Ocala is the world’s largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest, providing endless opportunities for exploration and adventure.

Trail types at Ocala Forest are incredibly diverse, with offerings ranging from pine forests, sand-spinning trails, or crystal-clear springs. These terrains are mostly remote, so being prepared for lack of cell reception is recommended.

Mojave National Preserve, California

The Golden State’s Mojave National Preserve offers off-road enthusiasts a taste of the desert’s beauty and adventure. Vast expanses of pristine Californian-desert landscape and miles of off-road trails promise a thrilling off-road experience anywhere at Mojave National Preserve. Towering sand dunes, ancient lava flows, and rugged canyons are prevalent through the terrain. 

Iconic quirky traditions can be found throughout the park, such as the Traveler’s Monument. Spring and Fall are generally the most comfortable time to visit Mojave, but this is another off-roading gem that has year-round accessibility.

 

St. Joe State Park, Missouri

St. Joe State Park in Missouri offers off-road enthusiasts an exciting playground hidden away in the heart of the Midwest. The land the park sits on used to be an operational lead mine, so the “sand” under your tires is from accumulated lead tailings! Visitors are able to learn more about this intrinsic part of Ozark history at the park’s immersive lead museum.

This trail system is a perfect offering for beginners, but the variety of terrain keeps it far from becoming generic. St. Joe State Park has a wide offering of camping areas, picnic spots, and recreational activities, making this destination especially family-friendly.  

The Outer Banks, North Carolina

Though whispers of lost treasure might not be found in the real-world Outer Banks, this coastal area of North Carolina offers off-road enthusiasts a unique blend of sea-side beauty and thrilling adventure. Miles of sandy beaches and towering sand dunes promise an unforgettable off-road experience at the Outer Banks. 

While the miles of dunes provide a challenge for the adrenaline-junkies, the picturesque lighthouses and aesthetic ocean vistas are sure to catch the attention of anyone looking for stunning views. 

Ouray, Colorado

Dubbed the “Switzerland of America,” Ouray, Colorado, is a hidden gem for off-roading enthusiasts. Surrounded by the majestic peaks of the San Juan Mountains, Ouray offers a variety of off-road trails ranging from easy scenic drives to challenging rock crawls. From the famous Alpine Loop to the challenging Black Bear Pass, trails and scenery of unforgettable magnitude are what earned this destination Jeep’s Badge of Honor status.

To set Ouray apart from the rest even further, any of the backcountry roads throughout Ouray run along historic mining roads sprinkled by historic monuments and ghost towns. Ouray’s trails are available for you and your crew to explore on your own, or alongside guides with a plethora of knowledge on the history and ecology of San Juan. 

 

Drummond Island, Michigan

Drummond Island, located in the heart of the Great Lakes, offers off-road enthusiasts a unique island adventure surrounded by pristine wilderness and rugged terrain. Miles of scenic trails and breathtaking views sit nestled in the fresh waters of Lake Huron. Fitted with wide meadows, hardwood forests, and occasional rock climbs, this off-roading destination is great for off-roaders who prefer the experience that remote wilderness offers.

The island’s hidden coves, secluded beaches, and panoramic lookout points allow full immersion in the natural beauty of the Great Lakes. Though smaller than some of the others on this list, Drummond Island offers a unique genre of off-roading all summer long. While this destination has trails for all off-roaders, the majority of the landscape is tailored for 4×4 utility ATVs.

St. Elmo, Colorado

St. Elmo, hidden away in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, beckons off-road enthusiasts with its historic charm and rugged mountain trails. As one of the most well-known ghost towns of Colorado, this off-roading destination is especially unique. Surrounded by towering peaks and alpine forests, St. Elmo promises an unforgettable off-road adventure amidst breathtaking scenery – and potentially some spooky lore!

The 4×4 trail system out of St. Elmo’s leads you to other historic ghost towns like Hancock, CO and abandoned mines and historic tunnels. It may not be the most technical set of trails on this list, however, its unique appeal is sure to make an unforgettable trip.

 

Time to book your off-road adventure

Beyond the trails and the terrain, what truly sets these destinations apart is the sense of camaraderie and connection that comes with off-roading. Whether you’re swapping stories with fellow enthusiasts at a trailhead, bonding with family and friends over a campfire, or simply taking in the awe-inspiring beauty of nature, off-roading is about more than just conquering obstacles – it’s about forging memories and building relationships that last a lifetime.

As you gear up for your next off-road adventure, remember to embrace the spirit of exploration, camaraderie, and adventure that defines the off-road community. Whether you’re navigating rocky trails, splashing through mud puddles, or simply soaking in the scenery, let the thrill of the journey fuel your passion for adventure and ignite your sense of wonder. 

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Mastering Off-Road Tire Maintenance

Overlanding adventures and hitting the off-road trails can be a way to escape the norm, but that’s not to say it will always be all fun and dirt, especially when it comes to vehicle mishaps and maintenance.

While mpower® specializes in helping light your way and see upcoming obstacles using near-indestructible silicone lens technology, an unfortunate reality is that problems can arise during any off-road trip.

Tires in particular are something that can give you fits and ruin your day if you aren’t prepared. Whether you’re navigating rocky terrains or cruising through muddy trails, your tires are your lifeline. There are many aspects of field repairing and maintaining your tires that you should be aware of.


 

1. Understanding Common Tire Issues

   Off-roading puts your tires through rigorous conditions, leading to various potential problems:

  • Punctures from sharp rocks or debris.
  • Loss of air pressure due to leaks.
  • Bead damage from impacts which can result in wheel damage.
  • Tread wear from rough surfaces.

 

 

2. Tools and Products To Keep On Hand

   Equip yourself with the following items to handle tire repairs on the go:

  • Tire Repair Kit: Includes plugs, patches and insertion tools.
  • Portable Air Compressor: For inflating tires after repairs.
  • Tire Pressure Gauge: To monitor and maintain optimal tire pressure.
  • High Lift Jack: Essential for lifting vehicles in rough terrains.
  • Spare Tire: Always carry a spare tire, preferably a full-size one.
  • Tools for removing and installing tires.
  • Tire Sealant: Provides temporary fixes for small punctures.
  • Bead Sealant or Silicone: Provides temporary fixes for bead damage
  • Traction Boards: Provides stable ground to drive on or to place a jack on. (2×6 boards could work in a pinch)

 

 

3. Field Repair Techniques

   Here’s a step-by-step guide to tackling common tire issues during overlanding trips:

Puncture Repair For Holes Up To ¼”:

  • Locate the puncture by listening for air leaks or using soapy water.
  • Remove the object causing the puncture.
  • Ream the puncture hole to clean and roughen the edges.
  • Insert a plug coated with rubber cement into the puncture using the insertion tool.
  • Trim the excess plug and reinflate the tire.

Sidewall Damage:

  • Evaluate the severity of the damage; minor cuts can be temporarily sealed with tire sealant.
  • For significant sidewall damage, consider using a sidewall repair kit or replace the tire if necessary.

   Bead Damage:

  • Use a high lift jack to lift the vehicle and remove the damaged tire.
  • Inspect the bead area for damage and clean it thoroughly.
  • Apply bead sealant or silicone to seal minor bead leaks.

   Tread Wear:

  • Regularly inspect tire tread for wear and tear.
  • Rotate tires periodically to ensure even wear.
  • Replace tires when tread depth reaches minimal depth.

You should plan to have tires inspected or serviced following an off-road adventure. This is especially important if a tire was damaged in any way while out in the back-country.
 

 

4. Precautionary Measures

  • Prioritize preventive maintenance by inspecting tires before each trip.
  • Adjust tire pressure based on terrain and load conditions.
  • Avoid overloading vehicles to reduce strain on tires.
  • Drive cautiously and avoid sharp obstacles to minimize tire damage.

 
The longer you off-road, the more issues that you eventually encounter. It’s a reality of the hobby, but by being prepared, you can mitigate problems, and be self-sufficient enough to fix the issue and keep your trip from being completely upended.

Especially when it comes to tire issues, equipping yourself with the right tools and products, and mastering field repair techniques, you can handle unforeseen challenges a trail may throw at you.

 

Technology In Off-roading

Off-roading and overlanding has evolved from a rudimentary hobby into a technologically advanced adventure. Enthusiasts deploy cutting-edge technologies and products to enhance safety, performance, and overall enjoyment on the trail.

Some technologies help with safety, others with communication. Some with vehicle recovery and in-the-field repair. Technology has become near-indispensable for off-roaders seeking to conquer challenging terrains.

What does technology help with?

Enhancing Safety and Confidence

Off-roading often involves navigating through unpredictable and challenging terrains, where the unexpected can happen at any moment. Technology acts as a reliable companion, providing off-roaders with tools to enhance safety and build confidence during their adventures.
 

Enabling Precision and Control

Precision is key when maneuvering through rocky paths, muddy trails or steep inclines. Technological advancements such as differential lockers, off-road lights and advanced suspension systems provide off-roaders with the control they need to tackle obstacles with finesse and confidence.
 

Improving Communication and Connectivity

In remote off-road locations, communication is important for coordination and safety. Two-way radios and off-road telematics systems ensure that off-roaders can stay connected with their fellow adventurers or seek help in case of emergencies. Connectivity technology, including GPS navigation systems, offers accurate mapping and real-time information, guiding enthusiasts through uncharted territories.

6 Off-Road Tech Products For Your Consideration:

 

1. Differential Lockers – ARB Air Locker

Navigating uneven terrain requires optimal traction. ARB Air Lockers are selectable differential lockers that empower off-roaders to engage or disengage the locker as needed. This ensures equal power distribution, enhancing traction and allowing vehicles to overcome obstacles confidently.

2. On-Board Air Compressors – VIAIR 400P Portable Compressor

Optimal tire pressure is an important and often overlooked area of off-road preparation. The VIAIR 400P Portable Compressor allows quick and convenient inflation or deflation of tires, ensuring optimal traction and contributing to a smoother off-roading experience.

3. Winches and Recovery Gear

Your off-road rig will get you into the backcountry, but your recovery gear will keep you there. When talking about recovery gear, winches, straps and snatch blocks are a few of the tricks you need up your sleeve to get yourself out of sticky (or more likely muddy) situations. One of the industry leaders in recovery gear technology is Warn Industries.

  • Warn Zeon 10-S Winch
    Getting stuck is part of off-roading and the Warn Zeon 10-S Winch is a reliable solution for self-recovery or aiding fellow off-roaders. Known for its durability and pulling capacity, it provides off-roaders with the confidence to navigate challenging obstacles and recover from the deepest mud traps.
  • Warn Snatch Blocks
    Snatch blocks can double the pulling power of any winch, or even change your pulling direction without damaging the wire or synthetic rope. Made of forged steel, snatch blocks, such as the Epic, are incredibly durable and ready for the toughest tasks.
  • Straps
    No off-roaders rig should be considered complete unless you have a few straps tucked away in the back. Straps are versatile and essential in pulling out stuck vehicles. Straps such as the Warn Premium Recovery Strap are made with nylon webbing, which absorbs the shock of heavy pulls. This extra tough strap even encases a red warning marker, indicating that the webbing has been damaged and compromised.

4. Off-Road Cameras – Garmin BC 40 Wireless Backup Camera

Front and rear-facing off-road cameras offer visual aids for navigating tricky terrains. Garmin, a globally recognized sporting brand brings us the BC40 Wireless Backup Camera, which offers a wireless rear-facing view, enhancing situational awareness and safety.
 

5. Off-Road Telematics Systems – Bivy Stick

For a holistic off-roading experience, off-road telematics systems like the Bivy Stick combine GPS tracking, vehicle diagnostics and communication capabilities. This provides off-roaders with real-time information about their vehicle’s performance and enhances overall safety during their adventures.

BONUS: Lighting

What technology list wouldn’t be complete without state of the art lighting technology?

More specifically, the ORV 4” Fascia light by yours truly, mpower.

This compact, flush mounted light packs a punch to the tune of 800 lumen, which will greatly illuminate the area around your vehicle.

These are perfect to know what’s going on around you and help mitigate any possible mishaps.

They have a low-profile shape that allows for mounting virtually anywhere on any vehicle type, and are made from a highly durable silicone lens that will prevent cracking, scratching or gravel pitting.

Gear Up

Technology has crept into every aspect of our lives, overlanding included. Technology provides enthusiasts with the tools they need to navigate, communicate, recover and explore with confidence.

From differential lockers to off-road lights, on-board air compressors, winches, off-road cameras and telematics systems, each technology serves a specific purpose in enhancing safety and enjoyment on the trail.

Embracing these advancements ensures that you can tackle challenges head-on, push your vehicle to new limits, and explore the great outdoors with unparalleled confidence and excitement.

What’s In A Terrain? Breaking Down Common Off-Roading Terrain

Off-roading is always a fresh experience, even when you’re on the same trail. Seasoned veterans know that the time of the year, and even mother nature can completely change the makeup of the terrain you ride on, changing the way you handle it.

Each terrain brings its own set of fun challenges, bringing a unique driving experience, and sometimes, specialized equipment for dealing with those challenges.

More often than not, you’ll come across what we consider as the five most common types of off-road terrain. We’ll talk about their makeup, what you should be aware of while traversing, how the terrain could impact your vehicle, and offer practical insights to enhance your safety, and enjoyment. 

 

Before We Begin, Let’s Talk About 4WD

One common theme that spans across any off-roading terrain is the use of four-wheel drive (4WD).

Be it mud, sand, rock, or snow, crawling without 4WD is not recommended.

Four-wheel drive offers you better control and traction in any situation by distributing power evenly to all wheels. The controlled engagement of 4WD allows off-roaders to navigate all terrains with increased confidence, knowing that each wheel is actively contributing to forward momentum.

In situations where sudden acceleration is needed to power through soft spots, 4WD provides the necessary torque to propel you through. Whether you’re engaging the 4WD low range for added torque or knowing when to lock differentials for maximum traction, understanding your vehicle’s 4WD capabilities is important to conquering the terrains.

 

Mud: Navigating the Quagmire

Mud. Slop. Muck. With its varying names, and consistency, mud poses a formidable challenge to off-roaders. From soft and sticky bogs to thick and gooey pits, concealing potential obstacles beneath its surface, mud demands a delicate balance between momentum and caution.

Techniques & Tips

Traction: Traction is crucial, emphasizing the need for aggressive tire tread patterns to shed mud and maintain grip in unpredictable conditions. If you can, clear out your treads as much as possible between deep mud sections. Tread width helps with seemingly bottomless mud and helps the vehicle to “float” on top. In shallower mud, skinnier, yet tall tires tend to dig down deep in order to grab the hard packed mud at the bottom.

Momentum: Momentum is key to avoid getting stuck, but strategic planning is necessary to navigate through deep mud safely. Take a moment to examine your route on foot as well as you can before taking the plunge.

Winches: Winches play a pivotal role in self-recovery when vehicles get bogged down in mud, providing a lifeline when traction falters, and preventing the need for external assistance.

The intricacies of mud navigation, from the importance of tire selection and aggressive tread patterns to the use of a winch to get you out of trouble, will keep you having fun in the slop.

 

Sand: Not As Easy As A Day At The Beach

Sandy terrains vary from loose, powdery dunes to compacted sand trails, and the shifting nature of sand poses a unique challenge, demanding constant adaptation.

Techniques & Tips

GPS: A critical tool you should consider investing in is a GPS. Dunes are known to change shape, even overnight, making it easier to get lost and more difficult to plan a route.

Tire Pressure: Lowering tire pressure enhances the tire footprint, providing better traction on loose sand, a crucial technique for overcoming the instability of this often warm and comfortable terrain.

Momentum: Just as it is with mud, momentum plays a key role in off-roading on the sand. Sudden stopping or slowdowns can lead to sinking, or spinning your tires. Planning your path and maintaining a consistent speed will help you stay above the shifting sands. 

Sand Dynamics: Understanding sand dynamics involves recognizing how the movement of sand affects the stability of the terrain and, consequently, the vehicle’s performance.

  • Effect of Tire Tracks: As a vehicle moves through sandy terrain, it leaves behind tracks. These tracks can actually impact stability. Following established tracks can provide a more stable surface, reducing the risk of getting stuck.
  • Sand Reclamation: Sand has a tendency to shift and fill in voids, meaning that tire tracks left behind can fill with sand over time. This phenomenon can affect subsequent vehicles, making it necessary to adapt driving techniques based on the evolving terrain.
  • Side Sloping: Driving along the sides of dunes or hills can lead to what’s called side sloping, where the sand may be less stable. 
  • Sand Waves and Ripples: Sandy terrains often exhibit patterns such as waves or ripples. These areas can impact vehicle stability, and drivers need to learn to read these features to anticipate changes in sandy terrain dynamics.

Off Roading on the sand can be as fun as a day on the beach as long as you make a plan and be aware of how the sand is laid out. Don’t forget your goggles to keep the sand from your eyes!

 

Rocky Terrain: Nature’s Obstacle Course

Rugged and uneven (but a whole lot of fun), rocky terrains demand precision, careful maneuvering, and planning. Vehicle durability is tested against the abrasive nature of rocks, making tire selection and proper driving techniques high on the list of importance. 

Reinforced sidewalls, slow and controlled movements, and strategic tire placement take center stage in conquering rocky landscapes. Let’s talk about navigating nature’s obstacle course with finesse.

Techniques & Tips

Tire Selection: Tire selection should prioritize reinforced sidewalls for protection against punctures from sharp rocks, ensuring durability and reducing the risk of flats.

Driving Technique: Slow and controlled driving prevents damage to both the vehicle and the terrain, allowing for careful tire placement to negotiate obstacles. 4WD vehicles with an available low range typically have an advantage here.

Ground Clearance: Ground clearance and approach/departure angles become your main focus for preventing the vehicle from getting stuck or damaged, requiring careful consideration of the vehicle’s positioning to ensure safe passage.

Many people think of slow rock climbs when they think of off-roading, and for good reason. It’s one of the most technically difficult, and most rewarding terrains in all of off-roading. Mount up.

 

Snow: Driving Through The Winter Wonderland

As winter blankets landscapes in snow, off-road enthusiasts face yet another new set of challenges. From deep-powder passes to compacted trails, snow requires specialized planning.

Snow or winter tires with distinct tread patterns, the advantages of four-wheel drive, and a heightened awareness of hidden obstacles beneath the snow are essential elements in navigating winter wonderlands.

Techniques & Tips

Tire Selection: Most off-road tires are rated well for snow travel. Just be sure that your tire size and ground clearance are ideal for the depth of snow that you plan to traverse. Snow or winter tires with specialized tread patterns provide enhanced grip and maneuverability in icy and snowy conditions, ensuring safety and control. Much like mud, tread width helps with deep snow, and helps the vehicle to “float” on top. In shallower snow, skinnier, yet tall tires tend to dig down deep in order to grab the hard packed snow at the bottom.

Four-Wheel Drive: Four-wheel is used on almost all terrains, but reserves a special place in the snow. By distributing power evenly to all wheels, 4WD offers better control and traction in the snow.

Obstacle Awareness: Hidden obstacles beneath the snow, such as rocks or tree branches, is a quick way to turn a good day into a bad day. Analyze the path you’re on as much as possible, on foot if needed, to ensure you won’t end up damaging the underbody of your vehicle.

 

Dirt/Gravel Trails: Commonly Found Fun

Dirt and gravel trails, likely the best choice for beginners, or those interested in high speed, can still come with their own set of nuances. Varying degrees of compactness and loose sections demand a balanced approach.

All-terrain tires, adapted to a mix of on-road and off-road conditions, come into play. Confident yet cautious driving through loose gravel and a readiness for unexpected obstacles form the core of this section.

Techniques & Tips

Tire Selection: All-terrain tires strike a balance between on-road and off-road  performance, suitable for a variety of conditions encountered on dirt and gravel trails.

Steering Control: Navigation through loose gravel requires attention to steering control to prevent sliding, so find a balance between control and adaptability.

Confidence: Compacted dirt trails offer the fun of higher speeds. Be confident and always be looking at what’s up ahead. Doing so will allow you to reach higher speeds than any other terrain, and really get you hooked on off-roading (as if you weren’t already).

 

General Tips: Off-Road Wisdom for Every Terrain

Beyond the details of each terrain we’ve discussed, a set of universal tips serves as a foundational guide for off-road adventurers.

From tire selection considerations to the importance of upgraded suspension systems, understanding approach and departure angles, and honing essential off-road driving skills, there are universal insights applicable across the terrains.

Tire Selection: We’ve mentioned it numerous times, so we hope you’re catching on. Choosing the right off-road tires for the specific terrain, whether mud terrain (MT), sand terrain (AT), all-terrain (AT), or snow tires, choosing wisely helps ensure optimal performance and fun.

Suspension: Upgraded suspension systems help absorb jolting shocks and maintain stability over uneven terrain, providing a smoother ride and reducing the risk of damage to the vehicle.

Confidence & Skill: Develop off-road driving skills, such as proper throttle control, effective use of differential locks, and a keen understanding of the terrain, enhancing safety and confidence in navigating diverse off-road landscapes.

The best way to do so? Keep off-roading.

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Indestructible Lights vs. Standard Off-Road Lighting – Which Stands Stronger?

The (m)power of Indestructible Lights
You’re here because you love off-roading—you crave open air, extreme adventure, and rely heavily on durability. You need equipment that’s been put to the test, has a proven track record, and is built to perform under any condition. When it comes to the off-road lighting (and accessories) market, there’s a lot to choose from—but it’s not all created equally.

We put our indestructible lights up against standard off-road lighting available on the market, and the results speak for themselves.

The Matchup: Indestructible Lights vs. Standard Off-Road Lighting
The mpower® products feature the first LED lighting technology, using an optic-grade, patented silicone lens that’s virtually shatterproof, putting it at the top of the industry in performance and durability.

Similar products use polycarbonate lenses that don’t stand up to water, dirt and rocks the way ours do. When you’re out exploring, the last thing you want to worry about is your lighting not rising to the challenge of the surrounding elements.

Compared to leading competitors, mpower lighting is 50% thinner, measuring at only 1” thick. A clear advantage when considering bulk, without sacrificing durability or longevity. If that wasn’t enough, mpower’s lightbars gives you 50% more LEDs within its inboard modules.

All of this while remaining near-indestructible.


Disclaimer: Photo used for demonstration purposes only. mpower® shall not be responsible for any damages resulting from customers attempting to run over or destroy lights, as such actions are against the intended use of our products.

Elements and Impact
Whether you adventure in frigid, snowy conditions or the dry, hot desert (or somewhere in between), your off-road lights and accessories should be able to stand up to everything Mother Nature has to offer.

mpower® was born out of 30 years of experience in providing lighting to emergency vehicles nationwide. Our vehicle lighting continues to be the trusted choice of departments that need durable lights to hold up against extreme speeds, potential impacts, and inclement temperatures—something industry-standard polycarbonate lenses cannot do.

The cutting-edge technology used in our emergency vehicle lighting was adapted to develop our current product line—with a smaller footprint but just as powerful and reliable.

Our silicone optical molding takes what used to be separate parts, and combines them into one piece. The result is being able to create complex shapes easier, withstand heat, crazing and fading better than typical plastic.

Reducing the number of parts reduces the worry of malfunction compared to standard lights where more parts can be found in the optics, housing and weather sealing.

High Power For High Performance
Our power spotlights will light up the darkest of nights.

Each of our mountable 2×1 and 6×1 light kits contain a 6 watt LED per inch, allowing you to pump out 1,382 to 4,161 lumens, respectively.

Our lightbars, which come in sizes 12 inch, 18 inch or 24 inch, also featuring a 6 watt LED per inch. This let’s you utilize 8k, 12k, or 16k lumens.

Not a single lumen will struggle to shine through thanks to our Silastic™ moldable optical silicone elastomers. These allow for high light transmittance for extra optical clarity and long optical length.

In addition, if a light gets too hot internally, our thermal foldback technology allows the light to self-regulate its power output, meaning less worry for you.

Longevity and Performance Over Time
Until recently, there was a gap in the market of off-road enthusiasts struggling to find off-road lighting and accessories that are proven, dependable, and built to last.

Our off-roading lights are just…tougher. The silicone lens and optic design deliver a durability that standard off-road lighting (and their polycarbonate lenses) can’t. Not to mention, our lights beat out the competitors in raw lumen output without dulling. How is that possible? The silicone used contains high UV and thermal stability, meaning the more the light is out in the sun, the clearer the lens gets, keeping your spot and flood output shining brighter (and longer).

The results: the mpower® indestructible off-road lights outshine standard off-road lights in raw power, durability and longevity.

mpower® off-road lighting products deliver an unparalleled experience for those of you who find your happy place by going off the grid. Having the right lighting while you’re out on rough and unpredictable terrain is paramount for any enthusiast.

Ready to plan your next expedition? Check out our full range of indestructible, high-quality, off-road lighting. If you’re ready to outfit your ride, find a retailer here.

Because what doesn’t bend—breaks.

mpower® Takes on the Mountains

As soon as the mpower® team arrived in Lake George, Colorado, we knew we had to give our followers a behind-the-scenes look into our photo and video shoot. Known by off-roaders for its many amazing trails, we took in breathtaking rides and stunning views at Badger Flats Vicinity OHV Trails. These trails truly offer something for every rider: they are accessible for beginners but offer climbs, curves and the ability to find speed for more experienced riders. Read on to hear how we equipped our vehicles for this adventure. We hope to give you ideas and inspiration for your next trip!

 

Check out a loaded Bronco and Polaris taking on the trails at Badger Flats in Colorado!

 

Colorado Mountain Trails: a playground for off-roaders

Located in Pike National Forest, the Badger Flats offer over 100 miles of mostly hard packed soil surrounded by thick pine trees. Before heading out on the trail, Kyle Kreymborg, District Sales Manager at SoundOff Signal, and his wife Sara outfitted their two vehicles with mpower lights from top to bottom. Sara is the proud owner of the 2023 Ford Bronco, Outer Banks Edition with Sasquatch Package with 35” factory tires. Kyle drove the Polaris RZR.

 

Outfitting for maximum satisfaction on the trail

Starting with the forward-facing lights, the Ford Bronco was outfitted with an mpower ORV 4″ Fascia Light in green, which is silicone molded to prevent water damage, discoloration or chipping. Kreymborg says it cuts through dust really well on the trail, which is key to increase visibility at higher speeds on the flat trails at Badger Flats.

This light joined forces with two more 4” spot lights on the rear as well as the amber mpower ORV 18″ Lightbar to achieve what Kreymborg describes as an optimal ride: “daylight at night.” With a sleek design and no built-in fans, this lightbar is perfect for tight spaces and looks great below the grille of the Bronco.

The low profile mpower ORV 2×1 Lights are mounted to the a-pillar, illuminating high intensity light at mid-level on the vehicle. Kreymborg says their hybrid 10° spot/flood beam pattern was especially helpful when navigating the vast number of trees on the trail. As a bonus, he was also able to integrate this light into the Bronco’s factory wiring for fog light operation.

Moving downward, mpower 4” Fascia flood lights in white were mounted in each of the wheel wells and served two important purposes: safety and ambiance. The outpour of light created a “footprint” for the vehicle, which served Sara well when she was crawling at slow speeds, allowing her to spot rocks and boulders. These floods also came in handy anytime she stepped out of the vehicle, especially when setting up camp.

 

Achieving top-to-bottom light for unforgettable night rides

With the Polaris RZR, Kreymborg focused on outfitting everything from the roof, a-pillar, to bumper level. He aimed to create “multiple layers of light” to achieve more enjoyment and safety on the trail. Starting at the top, he went big with an mpower ORV 24″ Lightbar, which produces over 16,000 raw lumens of light. With its rugged aluminum housing and a compact shape, this lightbar fits just right on the RZR.

At the top back corner of the cab, Kreymborg tucked the mpower ORV 2×1 Dual Stacked Kit in white. With double the power of our 2×1 light pointed at a 45-degree angle, this light was perfect when he was climbing after dark and needed to have a 180-degree view of the trail.

 

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The mpower Guide to Sedona, Arizona

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Why travel to Sedona?

Many of us in the Midwest are already planning getaways to look forward to during the long winter. If you’re an off-roader, you have adventure in your blood, so we’re willing to bet you’re always thinking about your next trip. You might already know that Sedona, Arizona is famous for its jaw-dropping red rocks whose colors deepen in the sun as well as its beautiful and exciting off-road opportunities. Read on to learn about the best locations to go driving with your mpower lights, and we’ll also help you find a place to grab a bite to eat afterward!


 

 

Top off roading locations in Sedona, Arizona

 

Coconino National Forest 

Does over a million acres of ranging elevations and conditions, from forest to tundra to desert sound like music to your ears? The USDA Forest Service calls Coconino National Forestone of most diverse National Forests in the country,” so it’s safe to say a visit should be on every off-roader’s bucket list. One of the most popular trails at the forest is Devil’s Bridge Trail via Dry Creek Road, as it offers breathtaking photo ops at the top. Veteran off-roaders recommend taking the scenic route up and beating the crowds by starting before sunrise, so mpower’s hybrid flood/spot optics would be the perfect addition to the drive up there, with a spot beam for seeing far into the distance and a flood beam for lighting up a wider area. Check out our 2×1, 2×1 Dual Stacked and 6×1 Lights

 

Broken Arrow Trail  

Ready to tackle some fun obstacles and climb down Devil’s Staircase, all with unforgettable views? This is ranked a must-do trail for off-roaders, and for good reason. Experienced drivers say that novices should be careful to follow a map because sometimes the trail can be difficult to follow. The trail can also be narrow, so it’s important to be ready to pull over regularly to allow for the passage of other vehicles. The 12,” 18,”or 24” lightbars would provide the perfect amount of beam for those tight situations.

 

Schnebly Hill Road 

This rocky yet amazingly scenic trail, with red rock against forest is a bit over thirteen miles. The forest service saysthere are some magnificent red rock views for the first 0.75 miles which is unshaded.” Most experienced riders say this is one of the bumpier rides around, but it’s nothing a 4×4 can’t handle and the views justify the ride. Expect to meet mud and snow at the peak, as well as the occasional thunderstorm. Bring along mpower’s 4″ Fascia in amber to cut through the rain and dust. 

 

Grab some post off-roading grub 

Take a break from off-roading at one of the most popular restaurants in Sedona (Click the names to see more).

 

Elote Cafe 

Ready for an inviting atmosphere to unwind? Elote offers high quality tex-mex, which they describe as “timeless recipes of Southern Mexico meet the bold, farm-fresh flavors of the American Southwest.” Start with top shelf tequila flights or freshly made margaritas. Then dive into the hearty and imaginative menu. Diners rave about their Elote appetizer, which is Fire roasted corn with spicy mayo, lime and cotija cheese, or their Buffalo Mole Poblano – Braised buffalo short ribs in a traditional mole poblano. 

 

Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits

Have the rough trails made you hungry for cactus fries and rattlesnake sausage? Get ready to take in cowboy art adorning the walls of this spot that “features ‘High Desert Cuisine’ showcasing the best of the Southwest.” Their menu favorites include the Bison Burger, with muenster cheese, caramelized onions and sweet potato fries, or the ribeye, with cowboy butter and garlic mashed potatoes. 

 

The Golden Goose American Grill 

Looking for a spot that has a beautiful bar and reliable crowd pleasers like surf and turf? Golden Goose American Grill says they are known for “friendly hospitality, masterfully prepared steaks, creative seafood dishes and outstanding burgers.” From Chicken Masala to meatloaf, their menu offers a bit of everything to satisfy after your trip, as well as a great atmosphere. Golden Goose even welcomes dogs on their patio for al fresco dining. 

Now that we’ve done the planning, who’s booking a trip to Sedona? 

Living the mpower Life

Get to know our off-road enthusiasts

At mpower®, we don’t just talk about chasing adventure, we live it. Through a long personal history with off-roading, our team uses mpower products for their explorations as they push the limits. As a result, our hands-on experience with our lights pushes us to never settle for a mediocre product. We aim to embody pure grit, not only as we develop and test products, but also in supporting our customers in their use of our products. Read on to learn more about some of our team members and how they live the mpower life. Maybe you’ll meet them off-roading sometime!

 

Michael Edgemon

District Sales Manager – North America

Michael has decades of experience off-road, and his favorite mpower product is the 18″ Lightbar. He appreciates mpower’s top-notch durability: he says the silicone lenses do not yellow or fade, and they hold up to dirt and sand blasting into them from vehicles in front of him when he rides in groups. Based in Phoenix, Michael‘s family loves to ride in the desert areas in Arizona—that’s where he grew up riding. He’s been driving off-road vehicles ever since he received his first three-wheeler when he was around eight years old. 

 

Heather Stuecken

Electrical Engineer

Based northwest of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Heather‘s favorite place to take her Jeep is Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Hart, Michigan. As a child, she went on the Mac Wood’s Dune Rides and loved it so much that her family decided to rent a Jeep the following years, and later owned a ’97 Blazer. In 2013, she got a Jeep of her own, which she still has today, and has been going every summer since. Her favorite mpower product is the 2×1 Dual Stacked Lights. She likes that they are compact and stealthy but provide a lot of light out to the sides—and they pair great with her 24″ Lightbar. 

 

Aaron Cochran

District Sales Manager – North America

Aaron is based in Midland, Michigan and has been driving off-road vehicles for about 10 years. His favorite place to ride is Silver Lake Sand Dunes (which seems to be a popular favorite among the mpower team). Running up and down the dunes, he finds mpower’s silicone lenses have lasted longer and burned brighter than other lights. He says that while sometimes the front or rear bumper will hit the dune and scrape the lights, neither the 6x1s on the front or the 4 Fascias on the rear, have any scratches or issues at all. His favorite mpower product is the Interior Lightbar, because it makes such a unique statement anytime someone sees it. Fellow off-roaders often ask him about it! 

 

Brandon Dickerson

District Sales Manager – North America

Based in southern Arizona, Brandon has been off-roading for more than 25 years and enjoys both sand dunes and mountain trail riding. He says both provide a diverse riding experience; mountain trail riding is slow and relaxed, versus desert riding, which is a high-speed adrenaline rush. He loves mpower’s Fascia Spot Lights the most. His lights have been through sandstorms at the dunes, covered in mud and torturetested in the scorching hot summer months in the Arizona desert. Brandon loves the versatility that mpower lights offer. He says that the quality and attention to detail put into the product are what set mpower lights apart from competitors, along with how sleek the lights are. 

Dependable Under Pressure

It can be overwhelming to figure out what matters most when buying an off-road vehicle light.  

If you’re anything like us, you love researching new products that will enhance your next ride. You can be found spending hours comparing and contrasting features, imagining how exactly the product will impact your experience on the road. But sometimes it’s hard to know which product is the “best.” That’s why we want to give you an insider’s view of what goes on behind the scenes at mpower® lights, far before our product is marketed or even packaged in the box.

 

Built Tough with Silicone  

We’ve all been there: you thought you made a wise purchase and yet had a product break sooner than expected. It’s frustrating, time-consuming and maybe even makes you question your trust in that brand. At SoundOff Signal, our drive for a flawless customer experience fueled the development of SoundOff Signal’s mpower Silicone Lighting: lights that don’t crack, scratch or buckle under pressure…Yes, it’s possible.  

SoundOff Signal’s mpower technology is the first optic-grade patented silicone lens that is virtually shatterproof, making it the most durable light on the market. This technology is a versatile, high-performance lighting system that is designed to be used in a wide range of applications. While we began this product development for police cars, firetrucks, work trucks, tow trucks and other commercial vehicles, when we pivoted to serving off-roaders, we knew we had to vet our lights by replicating the tough conditions they encounter.

 

Tested Extensively

Unlike delicate pieces of jewelry, complex electronics or other premium products that demand a light touch, each time you open a box from mpower, you can be confident they’ve been thoroughly beat up. And why wouldn’t they be?  

Darrin Kunkle, test validation specialist, says that when the team immerses all products in these extreme temperatures and conditions, they push the product to its limit to ensure the durability off-roaders are looking for. At our headquarters in Hudsonville, Michigan, many employees are off-roaders themselves, which explains our extra level of attention to detail and passion. “These people care about what they are doing,” Kunkle says. 

Expect your light to undergo these tests:  

Environmental testing: evaluating the behavior of a device or system to obtain assurance that it will not be compromised by environmental conditions or fluctuations when operating outside the normal environmental operating range. Testing helps identify if there are any weaknesses in a product’s design or performance that could occur particularly at extreme hot/cold levels.  

Thermal Shock Testing: simulating a products’ life cycle by exposing the product to rapid changes of temperatures ranging from -60°C to 170°C. This is completed by using a dual climate chamber that will transfer the product from one temperature extreme to the other, in less than 30 seconds. 

UV Testing: carried out to understand how polymer materials withstand the damaging effects of UV light. This includes color change, reduction in performance characteristics, brittleness and much more. Typically, when a new product is developed and its resistance to sun rays needs to be verified, some samples are subjected to accelerated UV testing in a UV testing lab, which artificially recreates a long period of time under UV radiation bombardment in a short and convenient timescale. 

IPX Waterproof Testing: exposing a device to water using standardized tests applied to obtain an IP rating IPX-1- through IPX-9. The IPX standard gives a clearer picture of how water resistant the item is.   

Electrical Testing: evaluating the parametric, functional or timing performance of a component when electrical power is applied. Tests can range from simple, manual measurements of electrical continuity for the component’s inputs or outputs to complex functional tests. 

Photometric Testing: Measurement of the quantity, color and spatial distribution of light sources. 

Corrosion Testing: determining the resistance of materials to corrosion under certain environmental conditions, including temperature, humidity and salt water.  

Durability Testing: pinpointing the characteristics of a system under various load conditions over time. This testing helps us to identify the stability of transaction response times over the duration of the test. 

All these tests assess product reliability in controlled environments, including high temperature, and high humidity, Kunkle says. The goal is to simulate conditions that could lead to the failure of a new product, so when they get in your hands, you know they won’t fail.  

Damon Mirate, product director, explains that these tests actually take into account the extreme conditions that off-roaders experience. As an off-road enthusiast himself, Mirate envisions the actual experience of off-roading in rough terrain and the situations that could arise. He then considers questions such as: is the bracket going to hold up? Is the light going to stay straight? How does the vibration of the vehicle affect the light? And perhaps most importantly, how does the actual light look after the test is conducted? Mirate then carefully plans tests to measure these conditions. 

 

 

Delivering What Matters Most: Top Performance 

Testing is well and good, but in the end, off-road enthusiasts just want to know the answer to one question: how will the light perform? Because mpower lights are made to be so durable, you can expect the light to last longer and stay looking bright and clean due to the sun’s UV rays feeding off of the silicone properties. But don’t just take our word for it. 

Terry L. Abel, fire chief and emergency management director with Islamorada Fire Rescue, says that mpower ORV lights are reliable, time and again. ”The lights draw next to no power, run for hours on end through the harshest conditions of rock, mud, sand and water, never stopping and continuing to shine bright,” he says. “A simple wipe of the lenses and the mpower lights are good to go for another round.  Friends and family love riding with us as we light the trails up so everyone can see what’s going on. Riding the trails, trailside repairs, whatever the need, the mpower ORV lights never disappoint.”  

For Adam J. Geaneas, southeast regional trainer and personal user of mpower Silicone Lighting, the lights stood up even when his truck’s paint job didn’t. “The Jeep has hit trails, weathered extreme temperatures and traveled thousands of miles with ZERO issues. The Jeep has already had to have paint work done from road damage, but these ORV lights just shrug off the debris thanks to the silicone. I have been so happy with the mpower line I added them to my van as well, since we travel cross country with it. I know I will have dependable, reliable lighting any place I may go.” 

 

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