How to Use onX Offroad

onX Offroad is like having 5,000 paper maps in the palm of your hand. It’s accessing the best trail and road data with the tap of a finger. It’s customizing your maps your way with tracked trips, photo Waypoints and downloaded maps. onX Offroad is the ultimate tool for adventure off the pavement.

Below are a few ways to help you make the most of your onX Offroad App.

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onX Offroad Map Legend

Get familiar with your Offroad map with a few of these fast tips:

  • Blue trails = “Featured” with photos, difficulty ratings, descriptions and more.
  • Green trails = Open and ready to go. Tap for more details.
  • Red trails = Temporarily closed.
  • Black and white dashed trails = Hiking, biking and/or equestrian trails


Tap anywhere on the map for details on land management, coordinates, and more. Want to learn even more? Check out our detailed map legend.

What’s Up With the Blue Trails?

Look for blue, or “Featured,” trails in your App around the country. Tap a blue trail for detailed trail descriptions, difficulty ratings, distance, photos and more. You can also tap “Share Trail” to send it to other Offroad users.

Discover Trails Near You

Whether you’re looking for trails close to home or across the country, we have you covered. Tap “Discover” in the bottom menu to find trails within 100 miles of you. Tap a trail to see difficulty ratings, mileage, photos and vehicle restrictions.

Ready to explore farther? Wherever you scroll or zoom on your map, you can find nearby trails by tapping “Discover.” Taking a trip to Moab or Washington? Zoom in and start planning.

Download Your Maps Before You Go

No service? No problem. We have you covered. Before you head out, take just a minute to download the maps you need. Tap “Offline Maps” in the lower menu and then “New Offline Map.” Your phone’s GPS can track your location even without cell service, meaning you can still use the location finder, Tracker, and have full access to all trail details and the ability to add Waypoints.

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How to Add Waypoints to the Map

Customize your map by adding Waypoints for spots such as camp, a closed gate, non-ethanol fuel stations, obstacles and more. Tap anywhere on the map to add a Waypoint, or go to “Map Tools” in the lower menu to add map markups. Waypoints can be easily saved and shared with other Offroad users.

Track Your Trips

We all know how important bread crumbs can be in the backcountry. Use the Tracker feature to track your trips, even without cell service. The Tracker also records your time, distance and speed, and can be shared with other Offroad users.

Open OHV Areas

Open OHV Areas are marked in the map with a purple outline. These are areas that have been locally defined as “open” and do not have designated trails. Although there are no trails, you must still follow local riding and driving guidelines.

Trail Difficulty Ratings

Tap a blue trail and scroll down to view the difficulty rating from 1-10. These technical ratings provide an idea of what you might encounter on a trail or road. Remember though, trail conditions change frequently and can impact the difficulty rating. Use your best judgment and know what your vehicle can handle. Read more about each technical rating.

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Jenny Sheets

Jenny Sheets is the copywriter and on the product marketing team for onX Offroad. She lives in Montana where she dirt bikes, trail runs, camps, and overlands with her husband and dog.