There are so many different types of fun you can have on a motorized vehicle and whether it’s driving it or riding on it, no matter what it is, you are bound to have a smile on your face. Here in the Rocky Mountains there is no shortage of things to do when you jump on a four wheeler or in the four wheel drive vehicle. A lot of times we are climbing steep hills or crawling over massive rocks, and we have access to the desert too if you like that sort of thing. One thing we don’t see very often around here is mud riding, also known as mud bogging. That isn’t entirely true though as there is plenty of mud to drive through when it’s wet. So maybe it’s better said that we don’t commonly have vehicles that are purpose built strictly for powering through the deepest mud holes you can find like you see down south and through parts of the Midwest.
I lived in Louisiana for a few years and I was blown away by how popular mud riding is in that part of the country. They have actual off road parks that you pay to get into where there are huge mud pits that would swallow up even the biggest truck you see driving down the road. These are some of the biggest trucks, four wheelers, and side by sides that you have ever seen down there. RZR’s that are running 8 inch lifts with 40 inch tires. The trucks may as well be considered monster trucks because they are seriously that big. Most of the time the tires are much smaller though and usually much skinnier versus the big balloon type that used rule the pits, reason being that the skinny tires cut through the mud easier. Most of the big trucks will use real high strung V8’s that produce at least 500hp so that you have enough power to turn the massive tires. But occasionally you would see a diesel powered truck come roll through the deepest part of the hole hoovering just above idle. And because most of the vehicles are custom made you get to see all kinds of vehicles from ever price range. Sometimes you would see a high dollar rig but for the most part its just a bunch of “good old boys” that have pieced their trucks together over long periods of time. Overall these off road parks are a great thing and it allows people to go out and have a good time in a somewhat controlled environment.
Mud bogging really is fun to watch and even more fun to get behind the wheel, or the handlebars, depending on what vehicle you have access too. The only bad part is that it gets boring really fast. Usually once people make it through the pit they just pull of to the side and sit and drink beer the rest of the day watching everyone else get stuck. Which the social aspect is what makes these off road parks such a great idea. After going to a couple small town events it became very clear to me that these southern boys take their mud very seriously. So a big shout out goes to all “y’all” down in the south that are going hard on that mud scene, it may not be our first choice, but we still love everything motor related here at Moto Networks.
Here is a few Mud Boggin Videos for you. Tell us what you think, is this your style of off roading? Or would you prefer to be hauling ass in a trophy truck in the desert? There is so many choices.
In my opinion this black and orange Raptor build by Dan Perkins in this video might be the best looking mud truck on the planet.