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The 3rd Annual TrailRecon Summit!
An Off-Road & Overlanding Event in Palo Duro Canyon for all TrailRecon Fans!
October 3rd - 6th, 2024!

Limited to Only 80 Rigs!

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The event

TrailRecon Summit 3
Premier off-road & Overlanding EVENT

Adventure for the Whole Family!

Join us for an action-packed four-day, three-night off-road & overlanding event that guarantees excitement for everyone. Set amidst the stunning Palo Duro Canyon, the second-largest canyon in North America, TrailRecon Summit 3 offers an unparalleled experience for all TrailRecon fans and outdoor enthusiasts.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Participants will have the option to choose from one of the following challenges to complete during this amazing 3 day experience.

TrailRecon Challenge

The TrailRecon Challenge is a signature run designed by Brad (TrailRecon) and Dirk (MERUS Founder) to get a full experience of the park while challenging you and your rig.
The Challenge is a designated series of green and blue trails that can be completed in 2-3 days. Over 120 vehicles have completed the Challenge to date, if you are not one of them, this is the perfect opportunity to earn your coin!


TrailRecon Extreme Challenge

The TrailRecon Extreme Challenge is a signature run of blue and black trails designed by Brad (TrailRecon) and Dirk (MERUS Founder) to get a full experience of the park while challenging you and your rig. Roughly 40 rigs have successfully completed the Extreme Challenge to date. If you have previously completed the TrailRecon Challenge, this is a great opportunity to push your skills and your experience to the next level!

TRS Expedition Challenge

There is a saying at MERUS, "The adventure begins when things go off plan." The Expedition Challenge is designed to equip you for whatever the adventure might bring!
Experience the beautiful Palo Duro Canyon, while learning more about its rich history and amazing geology. Along the way you will be challenged in everything from taking better pictures, to wilderness safety skills, to vehicle repair and trail recovery.

TRAILRECON SUMMIT SCHEDULE

*Schedule is subject to change

Thursday, Oct. 3rd

2:00 pm  Check In Opens
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm Test Track Open
*Anyone planning on participating in the TrailRecon Xtreme Challenge will need to complete the test track

7:00 pm Summit Kickoff – Dessert Available
*Dinner on your own

Friday, Oct. 4th

7:30 am Pancake Breakfast & Coffee
9:00 am All Challenge Runs Depart
* Pack Your lunch for the trails
7:00 pm TrailRecon Potluck Dinner
TBD Charity Night Run

Saturday, Oct. 5th

7:30 am Coffee & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am All Challenges Depart
* Pack Your Lunch for the trails
7:00 pm Texas Bar-B-Q Dinner

Sunday, Oct. 6th

7:30 am Coffee & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am Demonstrations & Educations 
12:00 pm Event Wrapped

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!

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. 

The Location

MERUS Adventure™ at Palo Duro Canyon

MERUS Adventure™ is a 5,500+ 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.

See The 2023 Event Recap

Excellent
Based on 283 reviews
Chris Smith
Chris Smith
October 17, 2023.
We had an amazing time exploring Merus. Molly was wonderful in directing off-roading novices with kids to the best parts of the park. My kids (ages 3 and 6) had a blast both in the car and exploring Elon's Mars on foot. We will definitely be back and plan to stay longer next time!
Eric Fink
Eric Fink
October 16, 2023.
I did an intermediate tour and it was fantastic. Lots of interesting and challenging obstacles in a beautiful location. Our tour guide Jeff was very helpful and knowledgeable. We stayed in one of their cabins and everything about the cabin was great. Comfortable bed, great shower and bathroom, and it even has Heat and AC. Would definitely stay here again and do the intermediate tour again.
Grace Marie Meléndez Fernández
Grace Marie Meléndez Fernández
October 16, 2023.
AMAZING place! My husband and I went to camp out of our truck bed and do some off-roading. The guided trail tour was the highlight of our trip. Whether you are experienced in technical trails or just a beginner, these tours are a sure way to have an awesome day with others who love adventure and challenges as well! The Merus community is kind, helpful and fun, made the trip up from Houston totally worth it!
Cass Robinson
Cass Robinson
October 11, 2023.
Great camping spot! The views to the canyon from our site were gorgeous. Got to see sunset and sunrise. The staff was super helpful with making our reservations and moving it up a day. Definitely recommend this camping spot. You do not need to off road to enjoy it. We will be coming back.
Blythe Sitton
Blythe Sitton
October 1, 2023.
Have been coming out to Merus since 2021. Every time has been an absolute blast. They are adding new amenities and making it even better. Highly recommend.
Louise Hayes
Louise Hayes
September 25, 2023.
We stayed in an Arch Cabin at MERUS Adventure for the first time and what a wonderful stay we had. The cabin was well equipped with everything we needed! The staff provided 5 star service and nothing compares to the views of Palo Duro Canyon from the large deck!! Could NOT ask for a BETTER experience!!
Delletta Adams
Delletta Adams
September 25, 2023.
I brought my son and 3 friends for his 17th birthday. We camped at site F on the rim of the canyon and the view was breathtaking!!! The office staff were so friendly and informative. There are two bathrooms behind the office that are like legit home bathrooms, wonderful shower head, super clean. We will definitely be coming back and we have several friends and family members who will be visiting as well!
Callen Pinkerton
Callen Pinkerton
September 25, 2023.
Great place to go off roading. Great staff beautiful landscapes. The tours are awesome and the guides are super helpful and informative. No better place in the state to visit.

Questions you might have

YES, The TrailRecon Summit has a rig capacity of 80 vehicles and WILL SELL OUT, so we encourage you to reserve your spot early. Registration will close on September 15th, 2024.

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.

We do have full facilities available at the park for all campers!

We have non-potable water available onsite. Please be sure to bring plenty of drinking water for the trails!

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. 

Thursday night dinner, and lunches are on you, as well as the contribution to the Friday night Potluck. 
Saturday and Sunday breakfast will be light pastries and coffee
MERUS Adventure™ will provide Saturday night dinner and Friday morning breakfast. 

Absolutely! This event is so amazing because there are opportunities 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 who wants to learn and get a feel for their vehicle before hitting the trails.

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 and in public parking areas. Alcohol consumption is allowed in designated camping and event areas only. Violators will be asked to leave the event.