Photos: Off-Road Expo

When wanderlust takes us through the mountains, mud, water, or simply on the road less traveled, the best off-road vehicles to use are those that were built when capability mattered more than connectivity.

More and more enthusiasts are venturing off-road in older four-wheel-drive pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles because they are tough, stylish, and offer plenty of room for gear. The mechanical simplicity of these 4x4s makes for fun driving, and a thriving aftermarket industry means they can be built into near-heroic off-road machines with off-the-shelf parts.

The Spring Edition of the Off-Road Expo, held recently with sponsorship from  Nitto Tire and the City of Scottsdale, was inspired by the Off-Road Expo traditionally held in Pomona, California, each October. Like the established event, the Arizona show offered a collection of off-road companies, parts, equipment, gear, and experts in activities from off-road racing to rock crawling, trail riding to sand sports, and from camping and adventure travel in vehicles on two or four wheels.

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