Here’s an email from reader Bryan:

I just bought a 2012 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew 4X2 with EcoBoost and I would like to take it out and venture off the “Path”.  Can you recommend some articles or trips you have taken where the terrain was more rugged, but 4X4 was not a must. I have the optional electronic locking rear axel, and am pretty comfortable driving off-road (although I would consinder myself to be a novice).  I would like to explore, but don’t want to get myself into trouble without the 4X4.  Any recommendations would be greatly apprieciated.
Thanks,
New Truck Owner

Answer:

Congrats on your new truck! Any of the desert drives would work for you; the most recent drive is the “Train Stop to History” story that just ran this month. The Dirt Drives category also has a variety of terrain choices; most aren’t the Rubicon rock-crawler type.
One thing you’ll have to watch out for with the F-150 is its width. Some of the trails are going to have brush on the sides and you may end up with “Arizona Pinstripes,” scratches on your new paint.
Have fun and let me know if you take any of my trips!

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