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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.

While spectacular, Grand Canyon is only a small portion of what draws Overlanders to the Southwest.
Locations: Arizona
Only 15% of the State is Private Land

The state is best known for the one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon; two billion years of growth exposed by the Colorado River. While spectacular, it is just a small portion of what draws Overlanders to the Southwest. Only 15% of the state is private land, the rest is Public Forest, Park Land, State Trust Land and Native Reservations. The rich aboriginal history, culture and vast number of relics, pueblos and cliff dwelling ruins are a major draw. Many tribes have opened their nation to visitors, Havasu Falls, Monument Valley and Canyon deChelly, are a few examples. Mining played a major part in developing the incredible network of trails in remote regions, now used by recreationalists of all types. Adding interest is the colourful Anglo-American history, starting first with the 1540 Spanish Conquistador search for the Sevens Cities of Cibola, and many other expeditions, missions or quests until the Spanish-American War led to the foundation of the Arizona Territory in 1863. Tales of fierce Apache warriors, Geronimo and Cochice or western heroes Wyatt and Virgil Earp’s Gunfight at OK Corral, and the most enduring treasure legend, the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountains, are largely responsible for starting a national - even global fascination with the American Southwest.


Camp Verde & Sedona Ancient Ruin Trails to Overland Expo


Backway to Cottonwood, Jerome & Route 66 to Overland Expo


Arizona Territory Wild West Loop or Pass-thru Journey

If the American Southwest fascinates you might like to explore The Butterfield Overland Stage Route & Apache Pass, Chiricahua & Cochise Stronghold Mountain Trails and High Lonesome Road. Adding interest are legends such as Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, Bat Masterson, Johnny Ringo, Geronimo and Cochise.

Backway to Prescott; 1864 Arizona Territory Capital


Journey to Grand Canyon & Overland Expo

Trek Legs make it easy to dip in and out for a day and/or a night of dispersed camping on the way to Overland Expo or spend days on four different mining region trails leading to the heart of an 800 year old civilization and a true desert oasis along Grand Canyon.

Apache Trail Loop or Pass Thru to Overland Expo

Scouting expedition encountered colourful folklore and quests dating back to 1520 Spanish search for the Aztec gold, 700-year old cliff dwellings, boom town survivors and ghosts, awesome desert canyon scenery along peaceful lakes and trails. 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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