Close [x]
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. 

Close [x]
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.

Close [x]
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.

Close [x]
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.

Close [x]
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). 

Close [x]
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.

Wagon or Stagecoach is the only way to reach The Outpost at Wardens Rock Ranch, backdoor to Banff National Park.
Go Deeper: Horseback/Stagecoach
Retrace Frontier Routes The Way They Were Blazed

Of course, horse, mule and oxen first traveled most Frontier Routes. Some never grew beyond single-track pack trails, while others evolved to commercial wagon/stage routes for freight, mail and passengers. Roadhouses sprung up along the way to service travelers and their livestock. This section showcases Trek Legs where guest ranches continue to take travelers into frontier regions only accessible by horseback and a select few that still offer wagon or stage service. We have only flagged a small number of the equestrian experiences available along our routes to inspire overlanders to keep an eye out for these unique opportunities to go deeper and truly relate to the way it was.

Trek Legs

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
YaHaTinda & Outpost at Warden Rock


, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Grimes Pass to Bonanza

Travel three mountain passes and meadows to the Cape Horn region of the magnificent Sawtooth Mountains. Stanley’s old west log structures, the jagged mountains and Salmon River gateway are a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Silver City to Oregon Trail

Legendary Lost Blue Bucket Mine of 1845 discovered by an Oregon Trail party captivated many to seek the site, leading to the 1863 gold strike made below War Eagle Mountain and the incredible silver bonanza in the surrounding mountains.

, , , , , ,
Ft. Steele to Crawford Bay

Refresh your party at the 1873 St. Eugene Mission, turned resort. Choose the paved byway via Creston or take the gravel-dirt Grey Creek Pass over the top of the Selkirk range, down steep switchbacks to the West Kootenay and Crawford Bay.

, , , ,
US Border to Fort Steele

This Leg leaves the Idaho-Montana Journey to travel through ‘The Sunny Side of the Rockies’ to the restored boomtown and North West Mounted Police Post; Ft. Steele supply center to Wild Horse Gold Rush of 1863.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Virginia City to NV Baja

Wallow in the old west glory of Virginia City, take a historical toll road and carry on wagon roads past Lousetown and Washington Mine to Pyramid Lake where you can drive along sandy Baja-like beaches until you find an ideal spot to camp.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Ft. Churchill to Virginia City

Depart the ruins of the Union Army Fort and follow the Pony Express to Virginia City, one of North Americas’ best-preserved 1860’s old west boomtowns, home to the incredible Comstock Silver Lode and terminus to Virginia & Truckee RR, now reopened. 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

In the meantime follow our expeditions on Facebook