Best Truck Steps for Off-Roading

When driving off the beaten path, the durability and dependability of your truck and its accessories is crucial. To that end, we’ve assembled this list of truck steps with features that are particularly useful for off-road enthusiasts.

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1. AMP Research Powerstep

One of the chief complaints off-roaders have about truck steps is their potential for reducing ground clearance. AMP Research Powersteps minimize this issue by folding out of the way when not in use. They automatically deploy when your door is opened, providing a much lower step than any traditional board or bar can offer. If your truck is lifted, AMP Powersteps are the truck steps you’re looking for.

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N-Fab RKR

The RKR Step System combines two components: RKR slider rails and detachable steps. This allows you to take the steps off and keep the rails on, which prevents loss of ground clearance while traversing difficult terrain. When you do need the steps, they bolt back on in no time. The sliders are made of 1.75” tubular steel that is .120” thick, ensuring they’re strong and sturdy enough to protect your truck’s undercarriage while driving off-road.

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3. Go Rhino RB10 Running Boards

When traversing unpaved terrain, a running board with a high-traction step area is key to avoid slipping on mud, snow, and water that can accumulate on the board or on your boots. RB10 boards combine a textured polyurethane finish with recessed pass throughs that provide sure footing every time you enter or exit the cab. The 16-gauge, zinc-coated steel construction is durable enough to withstand the most difficult off-road conditions.

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4. Havoc HS2 Black Hoop Steps

The step area of a hoop step comes down a bit lower than traditional nerf bars, making them a solid choice for trucks with tall ride heights. HS2 steps combine this feature with fully-welded end caps, integrated brackets, and raised slots to create a hoop step that provides excellent traction and supports over 400 pounds. The bar is made of stainless steel with a matte-black powder coating, making it exceptionally resistant to rust and corrosion.

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5. Body Armor Backbone Skid Plate Hitch Step

This step is easy to install in almost any 2” hitch receiver. Not only does it act as a bed step, it also works as a skid plate, wheel chock, and even a recovery point. With its steel construction and multi-purpose design, this hitch step is a must-have accessory for any serious off-roader.

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6. AMP Research Bed Step

Off-road vehicles are usually lifted higher than stock, making it more difficult to access items in the bed. The AMP Research Bed Step sits just under your bumper, where it can be deployed in seconds to allow easy access to your cargo. When you’re done using it, just fold it away under your truck and get back on your way. If you need easier access to the side of your bed, the AMP Research Bed Step II is also available.

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7. Carr Hoop Step II XP3

Hoop steps are a great option for older vehicles that don’t have boards or bars available to them, or owners of newer trucks who don’t like the appearance of a full board or bar. They are sold singly or in pairs, so you can get as many steps as you need. Drilling will be required, but this allows you to place the step exactly where you want it.

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8. N-Fab Black EpYx Steps

The RKR Step System combines two components: RKR slider rails and detachable steps. This allows you to take the steps off and keep the rails on, which prevents loss of ground clearance while traversing difficult terrain. When you do need the steps, they bolt back on in no time. The sliders are made of 1.75” tubular steel that is .120” thick, ensuring they’re strong and sturdy enough to protect your truck’s undercarriage while driving off-road.

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9. Smittybilt Beaver Step

The Beaver Step acts as a combination hitch step and recovery point. Just slide it into your 2” receiver to get improved bed access. If you manage to get stuck in deep mud or sugar sand, it makes a perfect recovery point for a tow strap. A high-gloss powder coating protects the carbon steel construction from corrosion.

If you have questions about these or any other truck side steps, chat or call our product experts.