Off-Road was published by Argus Publishers Corporation. The founder was Gordon Behn, who worked previously for Petersen Publishing as the circulation manager. The magazine is a re-titling of Off-Road Vehicles.
The magazine was originally spawned by George Elliott, the editorial director for Argus automotive magazines. He was enthusiastic about off-roading, and he set the long term direction for the magazine by making it about "driving fast in the desert." It appealed to hot-rodders who couldn't be competitive in organized drag racing or open-wheel events, but they could be competitive in home-built vehicles in desert racing.
Like its predecessor, the magazine was a general off-road oriented title and covered off-road racing including Baja, dune buggies, Detroit 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive trucks, motorcycles, snow mobiles, and how-to articles with both technical aspects and practical matters like tophographical map reading. Feature articles included travel adventures both foreign and domestic as "ghost-town adventures".
The magazine made significant contributions to the industry and was ultimately the only title that offered consistent coverage of go-fast and 2WD trucks. It was the second oldest magazine devoted to off-pavement vehicles behind Four Wheeler.
From 1976 through 1980, average monthly net paid circulation grew from 11,900 to 26,835. It was clearly one of the strongest titles in the off-roading category.
The magazine was printed from June, 1974 to an unknown date in 2014, but cover images are only provided through 1987 at this time. All covers through this time period are complete.