The 4x4 Training Center

Since 1993, The 4×4 Center Driving School has been training drivers from across the USA and Canada to explore and achieve new levels of skill both on road and off road. Our clients include professional and recreational drivers. We have classes geared to everyone from first-time off-road drivers to corporate safety instruction and the United States Military. Operating on private land just 35 minutes from Burlington International Airport we couldn’t be more convenient. Experienced instructors, mountainous terrain and a variety of vehicles allow us to offer first class training.


Prior to driving, every course starts with a presentation to establish basic principles of driving techniques and the mechanics of how vehicles and machines work and operate. Only then can you master the critical relationships between the driver and the vehicle and the vehicle and the terrain. All training is based on the principle that if you understand it, you will succeed at it.


To simply, help drivers & operators get the most out of their machine, without destroying it or the environment. Whether it’s a parent concerned about their child climbing onto an ATV for the first time, an adult looking to start 4 wheeling, or a DOD operator wanting to get from point A to B in the most efficient manner, our training will make the difference.

Our Terrain

The 4×4 Center training facility is located in the heart of the Green Mountains accessing over 1100 acres of natural terrain with many miles of professionally maintained trails. The 4x4 Training Center also features twenty acres of man-made obstacles, including a paved skid pad (complete with sprinkler system to simulate all weather conditions), frozen ice driving lane, and snow courses. Our northern Vermont location allows for outstanding winter driving challenges from December through March.


At the core of our program are our instructors. Instinctive teachers who can make anyone feel at ease with the extreme demands of off road driving. All of our instructors have years if not decades of experience operating 4×4 vehicles. From a variety of backgrounds they make a team that can cover the wide range of individuals we cater to.

Why take an Off Road Training class

Whether you’re looking to enhance your professional driving resume, want to protect your employees with job-related driving skills, need to learn expedition related driving techniques, avoid damage to a new toy (or yourself), training is key. A few days of training can help avoid some very costly mistakes and make your journey far more enjoyable.


Fleet of Vehicles

  • Land Rover Defender's
  • Toyota Tacoma's
  • Jeep Wrangler's
  • Toyota RAV4's
  • Toyota Hilux
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Ford Excursion
  • Honda Pioneer
  • Polaris RZR
  • CanAm Renegade



Facilities & Terrain

The 4×4 Center driving school, located in Bolton, Vermont, encompasses over 3,000 acres of natural mountainous terrain including twenty miles of trails. We break all this down into four specific training areas — mountain trails, manmade obstacles which we design and build ourselves, a winter ice and snow pad, and a paved skid pad complete with a sprinkler system to simulate wet or icy driving conditions.

Our on-site classroom comfortably accommodates up to twenty-five people and is equipped with computers, internet access, full food and beverage services, bathrooms, and vehicle maintenance facilities. Larger meeting areas are available upon request.

In addition to our 3,000 acre facility, we can arrange for some government agencies to access the terrain at a local military base of 18,000 acres and can arrange for special events at other locations in North America based on our customers’ needs.

The Michelin and BFGoodrich tire companies trust The 4×4 Center Driving School to provide their sales forces with first hand experience of their products in the field. They trust The 4x4 Center to push these tires to the limit and demonstrate their full capabilities. Learn more about our Tire Training at the schools dedicated website at


Onsite lodging, meals and meeting space is available from our partners at Bolton Valley Resort and The Essex.