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Old West Routes

Use the Route tab to explore options by desired time and pace on the trail.  

Our Scouting Reports & GPS Tracklogs retrace the paths blazed to old west frontiers by early pioneers and prospectors. They left an ideal overland explores playground in their wake; remote pack trails, wagon roads, water routes, ghost towns, boom camp survivors, mine relics, colorful history and a spirit for adventure that inspires. 

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North American Overland Journeys

Location tabs are the fastest way to find geographic regions of interest and interconnected trails.

All of our Scout Reports and GPS Tracklogs flow continuously from one interesting region to another, state-to-state, province-to-province, nation-to-nation using as little pavement as possible, and when we do, it tends to be byways versus freeways.

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Go Deeper: Foot, Bike, Horseback & Watercraft

For many, self-reliant vehicle overlanding is the adventure. Others Go Deeper. 

All our Scouting Expeditions provide opportunity to hike, bike and backpack. Many routes also provide equestrian and watercraft journey extensions. We’ve flagged some favorites to inspire you to take your overland adventure to another level.

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Explore what fascinates you the most.

Every Scouting Expedition is researched to travel through Old West Frontiers rich with interesting trails, tales and relics. 

The roar of the rush has subsided, but imprints linger; ghost towns, abandoned rails turned to trails, surviving boomtowns that retain the charm of yesteryear continue to outfit today’s adventurers with supplies, historical lodging and spirits. Look deeper, and you will find signs of Native America.

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Choose Your Pace & Challenge

As most of our Scouting Expedition GPS Tracklogs are interlinked, the base route is most often Easy or Moderate, but we explore Difficult options along the way. Some can be overgrown and sometimes barley visible, making them that much more appealing for those looking to build that into thier own adventure. Three broad categories are used but beware, what is Easy today can be Difficult tommorow, due to environmental conditions (see Go Prepared). 

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Get Lost in the Journey

One of the greatest pleasures associated with 4WD vehicle overlanding is the ability to wander at will, as one trail leads to another in a maze of options. However, advance research can help you explore routes that fascinate you the most and can make the most of your time.

There is nothing wrong with using a map and compass for guidance. In fact, you should always have them with you. But GPS technology and affordable mapping software really empower you to free-flow and always have a sense of where you are, at all times.



If you desire to use our supplied scouting reports, documentaries and GPS/GPX tracklogs as a resource for planning your own route, you must acknowledge the following risks and assume full responsibility. 

Use of Overland Frontier website scouting reports, pictorials and companion GPS/GPX tracklogs are intended to assist in planning your own route and contingencies. This information is used at your own discretion. The content of Scouting Reports and GPS/GPX tracklogs is provided for free and “As Is” and without warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied. Overland Frontier does not warrant or make any representations regarding the use, or results of the use, of the Content in terms of their correctness, accuracy, reliability or otherwise. 

While Scouting Reports provide broad challenge categories; Easy, Moderate and Difficult ratings, what’s “Easy” one-day can be “Difficult” the next. Trails constantly erode and change with time and weather, as do closures due to ownership and land-management changes (in USA, CHECK MVUP – Motor Vehicle Use Maps). We cannot guarantee our scouted routes will always be trail-worthy or open to the public. By design, we look for routes that are in the backcountry and off the grid, which makes pre-planning that much more critical.  Vehicle capability is only part of the equation. The sport of Overlanding is all about being self-sufficient and being ready, mentally, technically and physically, for whatever you might encounter. We highly recommend that you read the Go Preparedsection of this website. Remote regions can be very dangerous for those not properly prepared or experienced.

Overland Frontier disclaims any and all liability for bodily injury, death or property damage that could occur to you or anyone traveling with you. We disclaim any and all liability for fines or other forms of judicial punishment that could result from being on a trail that is not open to the public or that requires some form of approval, special permit or fee.

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This product is the property of Overland Frontier. All rights reserved. Website content and downloaded GPS files are for your personal use only. You may not copy, reproduce, distribute, publish, display, perform, modify, create derivative works, transmit, or in any way exploit any content on Overland Frontier, nor may you distribute any part of this content over any network, including a local area network, sell or offer it for sale, or use such content to construct any kind of database. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. Must Come To An End

It is with a heavy heart that we must advise our supporters that we are forced to close the Overland Frontier website. While the site was only open for one year, we started development many years earlier. Since that time the importance of a mobile friendly website has increased. We hope we can be back one day, with a new and improved resource for overland routes. We have so many more Treks, Journeys and Expeditions that we did not have time to showcase. We are anxious to find a new mobile-friendly channel to share these routes with other enthusiasts and we are open to ideas and partners; contact

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