The 2nd Annual TrailRecon Summit!
An Off-Road & Overlanding Event in Palo Duro Canyon for all TrailRecon Fans!
October 4th - 8th, 2023!


The event

TrailRecon Summit 2
off-roading & Overlanding EVENT

Adventure for the Whole Family!

Join us for an action-packed four-day, three-night off-road & overland event that guarantees excitement for everyone. Set amidst the stunning Palo Duro Canyon, the second-largest canyon in North America, TrailRecon Summit 2 offers an unparalleled experience for all TrailRecon fans and outdoor enthusiasts.

The vip event!

Join this exclusive 2-day 1-night VIP opportunity to spend time with Brad and Regena in an intimate group setting at MERUS Adventure™ park. 
This VIP experience is limited to 15 rigs that will be running trails together and overlanding to the exclusive Meadows camp area at MERUS where you will set up camp with Brad and Regena. This is a site in the canyon that has no cell service or distractions and offers a real opportunity to build relationships. 
We will have internationally trained Chefs preparing and cooking an incredible meal right at camp for you to share with the group and spend some fun time with camp games and conversations with Brad and Regena around the fire pit. 
The following day you will have coffee with Brad and Regena. After breakfast, Dirk (the founder of MERUS Adventure Park) will lead the group on an exclusive caving and offroad expedition to visit multiple cave sites in the park. 
We will have a self-serve lunch on the trail and head back up to the top to join the rest of TrailRecon Summit attendees around 2 PM. 
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share an intimate overlanding and adventure experience with Brad and Regena! 

What to expect

Thrilling Off-Roading

Embark on guided group trail runs led by Brad, Regena, and the MERUS team. Conquer challenging terrains, overcome thrilling obstacles, and immerse yourself in the pure thrill of off-roading at its finest. Trails cater to all skill levels, ensuring an exhilarating experience for everyone.

Amazing Community

Immerse yourself in the TrailRecon community during daily gatherings. Savor the rich aroma of morning coffee as you connect with fellow off-roaders, share stories, and build lasting friendships. Come together for nightly community dinners and create memories that will stand the test of time.

Family-Friendly Adventures

TrailRecon Summit caters to the whole family. Bring your loved ones along to experience the joy of off-roading. Guided trail runs designed for all skill levels ensure that every member of the family can participate and create unforgettable moments together.

Exploration of Palo Duro

Discover the raw beauty of Palo Duro Canyon's sprawling 6,000 acres. Navigate the trails, witness breathtaking vistas, and immerse yourself in nature's grandeur. Explore hidden caves, embark on awe-inspiring hikes, and let the canyon's wonders captivate your senses.



Join the adventure!

Come out and join TrailRecon and other fans for a weekend of amazing experiences and adventures!

All ticket sales are final and refunds cannot be issued. 

who will be there?

The TrailRecon Summit is being hosted by an awesome team-up between MERUS Adventure™ and TrailRecon!

Brad and Regena Kowitz from TrailRecon are excited to join and guide you in an epic adventure at MERUS Adventure™!

This event is for all TrailRecon fans and off-road/overlanding enthusiasts! All skill levels of adventurers are welcome to join Brad and Regena for a phenomenal weekend exploring and cultivating community!

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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Based on 247 reviews
Charles J Leggett
Charles J Leggett
May 15, 2023.
Had a blast. With friends, it was a great off-road experience and getaway. Very accommodating, we had plans for a guided tour for the Saturday, but plans changed with the expected weather coming in. Came in on the Friday instead. ( remember no refunds ) We did part of the green and blue trails, suggested by the receptionist, Molly. It was fun with obstacles with amazing views. This will definitely test your driving skills. They are working on more accommodations, (bring all your own water and food). We had all stock jeeps in our group of three self guided, every beautiful country side can’t imagine this canyon is so large in the middle of all the plains, enjoyed the views!
May 10, 2023.
Challenge yourself & get outside of your comfort zones. Great guides you can hire or ride with, very well ran by staff. Be sure to take your own air machines for your tires (no electricity or water).
Melissa Baker
Melissa Baker
May 9, 2023.
Where can I even start? First off, the process to book a group with Molly is hands down one of the easiest people to work with. Any little hiccup she was on top of it and her smile shown through the phone. Getting there… she was very helpful in helping me get my group squared away and even though she was busy, I never thought I was an afterthought. Now let’s talk Merus. AMAZING! This is the place anyone from a parking lot princess to a trail queen can have a blast. The trails are all challenging in their own way. It’s obvious the folks at Merus take that park seriously and want to make sure groups of all sizes and levels have fun. We with Jeep Girl Mafia, TX Panhandle chapter will be back most definitely be back. Thank you, Molly! You are fabulous to work with and keep doing what you’re doing! It works!
Kurt Mittendorf
Kurt Mittendorf
May 8, 2023.
The park was well worth the 350 mile drive from Mansfield, and the off-road experience driving our Ford Broncos throughout the gorgeous Palo Duro Canyon was fantastic & exciting. Additionally, our staff liaison, Molly, was the most helpful and wonderful person imaginable. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable about the park and surroundings, but she just exudes warmth, hospitality and genuinely cares about you having the best experience possible. If 6-stars were an option, I'd have rated it as such!
Roger Wagner
Roger Wagner
May 8, 2023.
Great blue/intermediate trails on the guided tour, fun and challenging. Guide did a good job advising and spotting. Friendly staff, we’ll be back.
Sam Cruz
Sam Cruz
May 8, 2023.
Our first ever off-road experience. We initially signed up for a green tour and at check in we decided to do the guided blue tour. The best experience ever and we look forward to seeing all the updates that they have planned.
John Brown
John Brown
April 30, 2023.
Absolutely top notch! Great trails! Really had a great time and learned a lot on the guided trail tour. The accommodations were great and the staff were the best you will ever encounter! Thank you Casey and Molly for a really great trip.
April 30, 2023.
This place is great. Everything was perfect. The service awesome (Molly)! I did the guided tour (tour guide Jeff) and it was amazing! I also camped at one of the camping point spots above the canyon at the views were top notch. Looking forward to going back.
Richard Silva
Richard Silva
April 30, 2023.
Merus Adventure Park is a beautiful canyon with well maintained trails and markers. We just wrapped up the TrailRecon Challenge and it was a blast. We spent three days, two nights, and the first day was cold and rainy. Despite the rain, the trails were ready to run after a few hours and had very little mud. The canyon seemed to drain exceptionally well. We will be back for another long weekend full of adventure at Merus.
Dino Dato-on
Dino Dato-on
April 25, 2023.
The tour guide was very surprised how capable the Outback Wilderness performed on the green and even on some of the blue offroad trails. We had a wild ride adventure and totally worth the experience.

Questions you might have

The TrailRecon Summit has a rig capacity of 80 vehicles, so we encourage you to reserve your spot early. Registration will close on October 20th, 2022.

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.

Yes, the summit event will have a base camp setup.

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

At this time, showers are not available. There will be restroom facilities available.

Yes, we will have water filling stations available to refill your water supply. 

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. 

MERUS Adventure™ will providing all meals except one potluck dinner happening Friday night. Come prepared to cook your favorite camp meal and hang out with the group. Feel free to bring some to share if you’d like!

Be prepared to cook one dinner (the pot luck dinner) and 2 lunches. The rest of the meals are provided. However bring your own snacks also.

Absolutely! What is going to make this event so amazing is the opportunity for a great time for every skill level. Trail runs will be guided by MERUS Adventure™ tour guides who are ready to teach and help. In addition, the MERUS test track will be open to everyone wanting learn and get a feel for their vehicle before hitting the trails.

We will be splitting up the trails into Green (beginner), Blue (intermediate), and Black (expert) runs. You can join whatever level you feel comfortable with and you can upgrade each day as your level of comfort and experience grows.

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. 

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.