MERUS Adventure™ is Proud to Present...

TEXAS TOYOTA
TAKEOVER

Inaugural Toyota Exclusive (Lexus Included) Off-Road & Overlanding Event in Palo Duro Canyon
June 9th - June 12th

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From a specially made test track, Toyota exclusive test vehicles, and epic trails, all your off-roading desires are here!

Grab some friends and set out for a day of exploration with miles of trails or join us on some guided tours for every skill level!

Kick back with an amazing group of people after a day on the trails and enjoy hanging out at camp in breathtaking Palo Duro Canyon!

Want to stretch your legs after some time behind the wheel? Experience our challenging and beautiful hiking system!

The event

toyota exclusive off-roading & Overlanding

Texas Toyota Takeover will take place
June 9th – June 12th, 2022 at
MERUS Adventure™ Park
in Palo Duro Canyon.

Texas Toyota Takeover is a family-friendly event with fun activities for everyone in the group! 

As the first-ever Toyota exclusive event in the beautiful Palo Duro Canyon, Texas Toyota Takeover aims to become the premier Toyota event for the off-road and overlanding community. No matter your skill or your experience, there will be fun for everyone, including guided tours, vendor booths, group meals, and vehicle test tracks. We encourage you to bring your friends and your family and explore it for yourself.

  • Be sure to visit the sign-up at registration to reserve your spots in the tours and on the test track.
  • Be sure to attend the Safety Briefing at 4:00 pm on Thursday
  • Trails close nightly at 10:30 pm

Event Schedule

Thursday – June 9th

10:00 am  Gates Open
10:30 am –  6:00 pm  Check In & Sign Ups
4:00 pm   Park Rules/Safety Briefing
5:30 pm  Dinner – Sponsored by Street Toyota

Friday – June 10th

8:30 am  Coffee & Breakfast – Sponsored by Overland Expedition Outfitters
9:00 am  Vendor Village Open
9:30 am   Green & Blue Tours Depart
12:00 pm  Street Toyota Test Track Open 
     Intro to Recovery Class
1:30 pm  Black Tours Depart
2:00 pm  Group Hike Departs
5:00 pm  Group Photo @ Hetz Bluff
6:00 pm  Dinner – Sponsored by Street Toyota – Raffle to follow

Saturday – June 11th

8:30 am  Coffee & Breakfast – Sponsored by Basecamp Provisions
9:00 am  Vendor Village Open
9:30 am   Black & Blue Tours Depart
12:00 pm  Street Toyota Test Track Open
2:00 pm  Group Hike Departs
5:00 pm  Group Photo @ Hetz Bluff
6:00 pm  Dinner – Sponsored by Street Toyota – Raffle to follow
8:30 pm  MERUS Night Run – VR4 North

Sunday – June 12th

8:30 am  Coffee & Breakfast – Sponsored by Midguard Adventure Equipment
9:00 am  Vendor Village Open
9:30 am   Trail Repairs & Off-Road Essentials – Sponsored by Draconian Performance
12:00 pm  Trails Close

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who will be there?

Texas Toyota Takeover is exclusively a Toyota (this includes Lexus brand vehicles) event, but all Toyota enthusiasts are welcome! Whether you drive a Tundra, Tacoma, 4Runner, or something else, all platforms are welcome.

Part of the fun of off-roading comes from the community, so whether you are new to off-roading or a seasoned expert, we want to bring together true enthusiasts who love to face challenges and grow their skills.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Questions you might have

The Texas Toyota Takeover has a rig capacity, so we encourage you to reserve your spot early. Registration will close on June 4th, 2022.

Texas Toyota Takeover is an exclusive Toyota event. Lexus brand vehicles are included and welcome! You are welcome to come check out the event, but we will be restricting trail access to Toyota & Lexus vehicles only and the park will be closed to the general public for the weekend.
If you would like to book a trip click here for available dates.

The cost of registration includes camping fees at our designated event camping location. If you wish to reserve one of our specific campsites, you will need to make a reservation separate from the event registration. Click here to book a campsite.

All event camping will be boondocking. As development progresses at the park, any RV hookups will be made available through making reservations here.

We currently do not have any showers on site. This spring will bring a lot of development at the park, so please follow our social media, and check back here often for the most up-to-date information.

We get it, there’s nothing better than gathering around the campfire after a day on the trails. However, MERUS Adventure™ is currently observing a strict fire ban. Propane pits and cooktops are permitted and acceptable. NO WOOD, CHARCOAL, OR NATURAL BURNING FIRES ARE ALLOWED. 

In addition, we ask that smokers be prepared to distinguish their cigarettes/cigars in their vehicle. This park is precious to us and we work hard daily to protect it. If you are found to violate these rules, you will be reminded once then asked to leave the park on repeated instances. 

Our amazing sponsors will be providing some meals for the event. Please check our event schedule for specific details.

Absolutely! What is going to make this event so amazing is the opportunity for a great time for every skill level. Our platinum sponsor, Street Toyota, will be providing vehicles to test drive, a test course to try your vehicle out on, and education on the basics of operation. On top of that, MERUS Adventure™ will be running guided trail runs for those that want to participate. These tours will range from absolute beginner to trail veterans that wants to get after it!

MERUS is so much more than just an off-roading park. We offer world class camping, hiking, mountain biking, and more. 

However, our off-roading is limited to 4×4 vehicles only. This is for safety on everyone’s part. We do encourage 4×2 vehicles to still come out and participate in testing out a 4×4 Toyota and experiencing an incredible event with like minded individuals and groups. 

Absolutely! We love having pets and furry family at the park. The canyon does provide many natural hazards, in addition to the many vehicles at this event. So for the safety of the animal, we do require pets to be leashed and in your full control at all times.

Open alcoholic beverages and consumption are prohibited in off-road-vehicles during use on trails, in public parking areas. Alcohol consumption is allowed in designated camping and event areas only. Violators will be asked to leave the event.

The Location

MERUS Adventure™ at Palo Duro Canyon

MERUS Adventure™ is a 6,500+ acre private property in Palo Duro Canyon. This property offers exposed terrain from 4 different geological time periods creating incredible colors and a variety of surface materials.

You’ll traverse Sand, Sandstone, Red Dirt, Rock, Stone, Clay, and more in rapidly shifting environments. With most elevation gains ranging from 100 to 500 feet, there are ample opportunities for solid climbs and descents.

We started with a vision to redefine what a premium outdoor experience could be like. To build a park that nourishes the adventurous spirit. A place where friends and families could come together and where new lifelong friendships are formed. A place where we challenge ourselves to push harder, climb higher, ride faster, and unleash some adrenaline.

What started as a vision is now well on the way to becoming the premier outdoor recreation park in Texas and competing to be one of the top in the country.

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Drew Rosales
Drew Rosales
March 29, 2022.
By far the best off-roading park I've been to yet! Every single trail and road has fun and challenges built right in! My buddies and I go camping and 4-wheeling often and we were blown away by the campsite views and the trails everywhere! Keep up the great work and we look forward to coming out again ASAP!
J Ram
J Ram
March 29, 2022.
It's right off Palo duro , camp sites all have great views and are spread far apart. Offroad trails are well marked and maintained. Back to camp sites, you won't be stuck listening to someone's kids scream all night or a radio blasting next to your head. My only complaint is they won't let me move in out there permanently.
Jeff S
Jeff S
March 29, 2022.
This place is a real gem! The trails are all well-marked and a lot of fun. All of the beauty of PDC SP without the huge crowds and long lines. We are looking forward to checking out the MTB and hiking trails soon.
Darrell Pettefer
Darrell Pettefer
March 28, 2022.
Great place, the people in the office were really nice and helpful. The trails were awesome, you can find whatever level of challenge you are looking for. AND the views were absolutely amazing! Had a great time, will be back.
Troy Pappas
Troy Pappas
March 25, 2022.
I recently enjoy a 4200 mile round trip to Texas and back. The 40 miles traveled in the middle of the trip at MERUS Adventure Park were worth every mile traveled there and back. It was an absolute joy to challenge my vehicle and myself with all the different levels of trails and obstacles available at the park. The park was beautiful and the guides were awesome. I look forward to making the journey again soon with my boys this summer.
James Lidgey
James Lidgey
March 23, 2022.
We did the Green Tour with Christine as our guide on 3/19/22, great day! The first stop is up on the canyon rim with an expansive view of Palo Duro Canyon. Then the drop down into the canyon was a long, steep descent that will test your nerve. Once in the canyon there are plenty of blind hills, tight turns, dry creek crossings and other fun stuff to keep you interested! The drive up and out of the canyon is a white knuckle climb. The finale was another overlook with an equally impresive view of the canyon. All in all a fun driving experience and a place I will return to.
Jennifer G
Jennifer G
March 22, 2022.
Great family oriented place for offroading. Be sure to ask the staff about the trail difficulty because there are discrepancies between the trail signs, paper map and Gaia. Be safe!
Rhonda Graves
Rhonda Graves
March 21, 2022.
We really enjoyed our experience at Merus. They have many options depending on your level. They have a beginner, intermediate and advanced. We did the guided intermediate and glad we did. The guide was helpful on helping out where needed. I am looking forward to going back.
John Santi
John Santi
March 21, 2022.
the park was everything they claimed it is. Great friendly staff great camping spot and fun wheelin down in the canyon!!
Kim Briggs
Kim Briggs
March 21, 2022.
This was our first tour with Merus Adventure Park and we will definitely be back! Great Blue tour, lots of challenges and the guides were very informative and helpful. Highly recommend this adventure park for all jeepers!

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