CARS.COM — As a reviewer, I drive on all types of roads in all types of places, so when Toyota asked us if we wanted to try something different with its off-road oriented TRD Pro vehicles, I jumped at the chance. One of the first rules of writing is “do not quote Wikipedia,” but its definition of overlanding is spot-on: Overlanding is “self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal.”
Our trek, titled “Drive to the Summit,” was led by Expedition Overland, a group of overlanding enthusiasts who travel the world in their vehicles. We started in Ouray, Colo. and headed to Las Vegas by way of a winding, 808.2-mile route on roads from dirt to rock to pavement, soaking up some of this country’s most spellbinding scenery. We ascended the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains and headed over the Imogene Pass to Telluride, Colo., climbing up to 13,114 feet along the way. Our travels then took us through Canyonlands National Park in eastern Utah, the Henry Mountains, Lake Powell, Capitol Reef National Park, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park and the 1.9-million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument before heading into Las Vegas.