Information about these roads is available at local visitor centers, mountain bike shops, and 4WD tour operators. Note these high-country roads can be blocked by slow-melting snowpacks and mud well into summer.

Of course, when your day of driving adventure is done, these world-famous year-round resort towns boast countless other amenities, from condos to concerts to world-class cuisine. You can rough it during the day and recover in style at night.

Be advised: The facts presented in this column are, to the best of our knowledge, correct and accurate at the time of publication. However, because of our lengthy lead time, we recommend calling the proper authorities or local experts for confirmation before visiting.