Two VIP Events

April 21 - 23


July 21 - 23

What is the VIP experience?

This unique and exclusive event allows you to enjoy a VIP overlanding experience at Merus Adventure Park hosted by Brad and Regena Kowitz of TrailRecon.

Spend 3 days and 2 nights dropping 800 feet into the second-largest canyon system in North America. This experience is hosted on private land that has not been open to the public before 2021.

You’ll experience nature that’s been untouched for decades and centuries of history while spending time with Brad, Regena, and other members of the TrailRecon community.

Have fun running engaging and beautiful trails and setting up camp in the most breathtaking setting Texas has to offer.


of Amazing Adventure with Brad & Regena

Things to see & experience at merus

As you navigate the park you have opportunities to see incredible sites including:

  • A 120-year-old logging cable system
  • Large pieces of petrified wood
  • Hoodoos
  • Purple dirt from the Aquatic Era (roughly 1 million years ago) when the canyon was underwater
  • The spectacular earth underground when you venture into one of the many caves along the route

Special Activities Include


History of Palo Duro

Geological site visits


  • We provide one delicious, catered meal to enjoy on the trail.
  • In the spirit of overlanding, all other meals are self-sufficient so bring your favorite snacks, drinks, and foods to cook up in your camp kitchen.
  • We provide one delicious, catered meal to enjoy on the trail.
  • In the spirit of overlanding, all other meals are self-sufficient so bring your favorite snacks, drinks, and foods to cook up in your camp kitchen.

Dinner Menus

22nd April, Saturday 6:30 pm
Dinner Menu: Paella (Spanish Influence)

We start with quality extra virgin olive oil searing the meat or legume of your choice folding in rich sofrito… saffron & spices… The Spicer’s Aromatic Stock… authentic Spanish Rice locking in all our delicious flavors. Complementing vegetables garnished with roasted hatch chilis… fresh herbs & lemon wedges. Rosemary focaccia bread and a seasonal power salad topped with your choice of handmade fruit vinaigrette or creamy jalapeno dill dressing.
Dessert: Pineapple Cake with Cream Cheese & Walnuts

22nd July, Saturday 6:30 pm
Dinner Menu: Spicer’s Chicken Lime Tacos (Texan)

Hand-chopped chicken breast sautéed in quality olive oil with freshly squeezed lime… Santa Fe seasonings… onions & cilantro served over cast-iron organic corn tortillas topped with sharp white cheese, lettuce & tomatoes. Served with yogurt
avocado sauce & chili sauce.
Dessert: Farm Fresh Egg-White Nest with Hand-Whipped Cream & Berry Compote

Recommended Gear

  • A 4×4 capable overlanding rig
  • A winch is recommended
  • Recovery gear (straps and shackles)
  • A place to sleep (Roof Top Tent, Ground Tent, or Offroad Trailer)
  • Ability to cook and clean for yourself
  • Capacity to carry your own water supply. There will be a place to fill water at the park.
  • Clothing and footwear for outdoor activities such as hiking, caving, and overlanding.
  • A GMRS radio
  • A fire extinguisher
  • All trailers must be rated for off-road use as you’ll be traversing off-road trails with obstacles.

Please Note:

Bring clothing appropriate for the weather. You HAVE to check weather conditions and be ready for changing weather. The Texas Panhandle is home to the most unpredictable weather in the US. It can go from 75 degrees to snowing in 5 hrs in late spring. So be prepared!

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Based on 258 reviews
dan perrin
dan perrin
July 7, 2023.
Awesome park, really fun
Samuel Painter
Samuel Painter
July 7, 2023.
Great off road park! Beautiful scenery!
James Pritchard
James Pritchard
June 12, 2023.
Went out here with a group of friends with a very diverse group of vehicles, two Jeeps, one Tundra, One Tacoma, an F150 and two Land Rovers (one of which had no low range!!) and we had a great time. At some point we took a wrong turn and ended up on a black trail when we intended on only going on green and blue trails. It was rough but using teamwork we made it through! We camped two nights and the Merus staff did everything to brief us on their safety measures and accommodations. The lady at the front desk was very helpful and extremely knowledgeable. If you're looking for a great place to camp and wheel, anything from mild to wild, look no further than Merus!!
Stephen Kick
Stephen Kick
June 11, 2023.
Awesome trip. Guide on the Green tour was great. Definitely going back.
June 8, 2023.
This place is amazing. It has trails that fit any rig from stock to buggy and everything in between. I attended the Texas Toyota Takeover and spent 4 days in the park and may have seen a 10th of the park. Check the website for details about amenities. There is an office building near the front gate that has 2 bathrooms with shower open 24/7 if you’re doing a primitive camp. There are other off-road parks that say they are the best in Texas but this place will soon become the number one spot. Highly recommend spending a few days out there. You won’t regret it.
David Slaten
David Slaten
June 7, 2023.
An amazing place to escape the urban grind and drive as challenging of a 4WD trail as you wish to explore. The staff are incredibly friendly and focused on creating a great learning and adventurous environment.
June 6, 2023.
Merus is absolutely amazing and it's getting better every time I visit. New facilities, camp grounds, cabins, glamping, hiking trails and off road trails are popping up every couple months. Great atmosphere and friendly staff. Thank you Merus crew for opening and maintaining such a wonderful place and allowing people to truly experience Palo Duro Canyon without litter, without trash, and without obnoxious noise. Instead you get peaceful nature, clean facilities, no litter, and beautiful landscape. This place is truly amazing and I am excited to come back very soon.
Kasey Harris
Kasey Harris
May 29, 2023.
Attended MAP’s first Adventure Her event and had the best time ever. The scenery and place is mesmerizing. Gorgeous canyons. Even though it rained and was cold and windy the first night, the staff and owners were extremely present and attentive to help provide anyone with assistance following the storm. They even gave my friend an additional air mattress to borrow. The Jeep trails are pristine and dedicated only to off road vehicles (no bikes or motorcycles). There were 101 classes, spotters and safety protocols that made the weekend feel fun but safe. Absolutely will be at this place again and again. Can’t wait for their new camping sites to open!

Questions You Might Have

We limit the spots available every week for the TrailRecon Challenge to 10 rigs. To ensure you have a space available, registration is required.

The cost of registration includes camping fees at our designated camping locations that are part of the TrailRecon Challenge and TrailRecon Extreme Challenge. These locations will be marked on your map prior to you starting the challenges. Optional upgrades at one of our glamping sites, cabins, or RV hook-up slots are available for an additional cost. 

Part of both the TrailRecon Challenge and the TrailRecon Extreme Challenge is the overlanding experience. However, you will have the choice to set up a base camp or to overland and stay at a different location each night. 

Plan to bring as much water as you think you’ll need. Should you run out and need more, we can provide a few gallons.

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 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. 

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.