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

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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.

TRAILRECON SUMMIT SCHEDULE

Click Below for the 2023 Schedule!

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 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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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

The TrailRecon Summit has a rig capacity of 80 vehicles, so we encourage you to reserve your spot early. Registration will close on October 2nd, 2023.

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 provide 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.