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MICHAEL MURGUIA’S OVERLAND ADVENTURE BUCKET LIST

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New year, new adventures! At the start of every year, we sit down and brainstorm the places, terrains and vistas we want to experience.

The end goal of this exercise is to make sure we’re sitting in the middle of nowhere as often as possible. But sometimes you have to know where to find nowhere. That’s when a bucket list comes in handy.

Here’s our list of the places we would like to explore in the 2023 Canyon AT4X!

MOJAVE ROAD (MOJAVE DESERT: ARIZONA, NEVADA AND CALIFORNIA)

If you haven’t experienced the beauty and serenity of the Mojave Desert, put this on your list immediately. The Mojave Road is a 150-mile dirt road that runs between the Colorado River and the Mojave River. It’s quiet. It’s pristine. It’s a living monument to the West with plenty of dispersed camping opportunities and historical points of interest.

Starting in Arizona and running west to California, this trek is best taken over multiple days to fully explore the archaeological sites and side trails that can take you into old mining camps or up close to ancient petroglyphs. (A reminder: These sites are for seeing and not taking. Leave artifacts in their place and do not disturb or touch petroglyphs. The oil on your hands can be damaging.)

Much of the Mojave Road is covered in large, rolling, wave-like bumps colloquially called “whoop-dees.” These mini-hills have a short base that will put any truck through its paces.

The good news is Canyon AT4X comes equipped with Multimatic™ DSSV dampers and an off-road suspension straight off the factory floor. This robust combination is ready to conquer whoop-dees, so you can fully focus on the breathtaking terrain.

Best traveled from late September to early May due to extreme heat; and no matter what time of year you are visiting, bring plenty of water.

OZARK NATIONAL FOREST (OZARK, ARKANSAS)

The sheer volume of greenery and the miles of national forest service roads make Ozark National Forest a must-see destination for those wanting to get off the beaten path. The hundreds of miles of trails will lead you up and over the most epic vistas, passing through waterfalls, valleys and some of the most lush forest you can imagine.

The Ozarks come complete with numerous creek crossings, offering the chance to take advantage of Canyon AT4X’s lift. The ability to move confidently through these slow-moving crossings makes the journey all the better.

Visit Ozark National Forest in the spring or fall. The winter and summer weather can be extreme.

LONG CANYON OHV (MOAB, UTAH)

Moab could easily be called the unofficial off-road capital of the U.S., and for good reason. The vastness and variety of trails in this corner of Utah are astounding. The Long Canyon OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) route is the perfect there-and-back trail to take in all this terrain has to offer.

You will find some of the most glorious views of towering canyon walls as you traverse this trail. And be sure to stop and take a picture of your Canyon AT4X under the huge rock. You’ll know it when you see it. Trust us.

While the trail is on the moderate side, we would be plenty happy knowing we had AT4X’s front and rear e-locking differentials to help us get up and over Moab’s rocky terrain.

This trail is open year-round.

IMOGENE PASS (OURAY, COLORADO)

Ouray combines the best Colorado has to offer and adds in an off-road trail kicker: Imogene Pass. Imogene Pass takes you 13,162 feet above sea level, and as you can imagine, the view is glorious.

While the trail is well-maintained, this journey requires 100 percent attention and concentration. The road can get narrow and steep, with no room for passing or pulling over in sections. It is not recommended for novice drivers or those who are afraid of heights.

Imogene Pass is a perfect place to exercise the mantra “when in doubt, get out,” and we would put the 2023 Canyon AT4X’s enhanced visibility provided by the available front and rear underbody camera views* to the test. Using just the right amount of throttle and brake over an obstacle to navigate tough terrain is an art form, and it can now be done even more precisely with under-truck visibility.

Imogene Pass is closed during winter months. Be sure to check weather and road conditions before going.

That’s our bucket list for the year with Canyon AT4X! We encourage everyone to create their own. The only question after knocking each one of these out would be … what nowhere is next?

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