The world of side-by-sides and UTV's has exploded in the last decade, but having a place to play with them has always been a challenge in Oklahoma. Since most of the rural spaces are delegated farmland, and the vast majority of mountainous terrain is state and federal property, places to take them off the beaten path are few and far between.

In Oklahoma, the standard places that welcome these vehicles have been the usual haunts... Little Sahara in Northwest Oklahoma, Disney/Hogan's in Northeast Oklahoma, and Crosstimbers Southeast of OKC. Southwest Oklahoma has been out of the SxS/UTV loop until now.

Pettijohn's Off-Road Park in Rush Springs just announced they were taking the tractors out into the woods to widen some of their epic trails to accommodate these off-road station wagons.

While the motorcycle crowd will likely gripe a little about it, because anything other than a motorcycle is a mortal enemy to the average motorcyclist, it's going to be a blessing in disguise.

Yes, the odds of encountering these neat vehicles on the trails will grow higher, the point most people will miss is the fact you'll have newly manicured trails to enjoy for your daily admission. If you've ever ridden the state trails that get zero maintenance, such as the trails we normally ride at Kaw ORV, you'll appreciate the hard work Pettijohn's is committing to here.

If you have a SxS or UTV and you're always looking for a place to get technical, here are the details.

The Beauty Of Southwest Oklahoma

Too many people spend too much time complaining about being in Southwest Oklahoma. If only they'd shut their mouths and open their eyes from time to time, then they'd see the true beauty of this place.

The Frozen Wichita Mountains

When Southwest Oklahoma gets a rare blizzard with serious snowfall, the mountains take on a fresh and stunning look. It's something we all get to experience thanks to the video and camera work of a few awesome locals with a stellar YouTube channel, The Pemberton Boys. They flew their drones and explored the mountains across SWOK while the views were grand, putting it online for everyone to enjoy.

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Often called the Grand Canyon of Texas, it's easy to feel small when surrounded by the towering land. Palo Duro offers stellar hiking and biking, camping, and even cabins to plan more of a family or lovers getaway. Explore it on foot, on wheels, on horses, etc... Cap off the day with an authentic taqueria meal in Amarillo, if you can stand the smell. They don't call it "Cow Town" for nothing...