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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.

Routes: Trek Series 3-7 days
Trek Series Link Trek Legs by Region or Theme

Two or more Trek Legs are organized into regional and thematic Trek Series that can be explored in a few days to a week. More time can be spent, along the way, by going deeper by foot, bike, watercraft or horseback. Information provided is not intended to be a recommended or definitive route. Rather, documentaries of scouting expeditions provide pictorial reference and insights that can help enthusiasts find scenery, terrain, activities and relics that fascinate them the most. Use the companion exploration route GPS Tracklog to research the region and plan your own self-guided route.

Alberta Prairie Homestead & Railtown Expedition

Under the Lands Act, a homesteader could purchase 160 acres for $10. The CPR and CNR railways did a very effective job of attracting nearly a million people to settle in the prairies at the turn of the century, leaving a perfect grid of interconnecting country roads, homestead ruins and surviving rail-towns to explore.

1870's Bodie Gold Rush & Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains

Route Map, GPS/GPX Download & Slideshows Active.

Red Rock Sedona & Aboriginal Ruins

Route Map, GPS/GPX Download & Slideshows Active.

Ancient Aboriginal Ruins & Lands

Route Map, GPS/GPX Download & Slideshows Active.

Backdoor to Jerome & Route 66

Route Map, GPS/GPX Download & Slideshows Active.

Radium Backdoor to Crowsnest, Loop or drive-Thru

Route Map, GPS/GPX Download & Slideshows Active.

Overland Stage Road, Chiricahua Hoodoos & Cochise Stronghold

Trek Series travels across regions once used as strongholds by the elusive Apache during the Indian wars; the granite domes and steep cliffs of Dragoon Mountain Cochise Stronghold and the massive Chiricahua Mountain collection of hoodoos and Apache Pass, before finishing on Rug Road.

Gold Camps of Montana Trail & Stagecoach Road

Route Map, GPS/GPX Download & Slideshows Active.

Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon & Lake Powell

Route Map, GPS/GPX Download & Slideshows Active.

Ancient Cliff Dwelling, Pueblos & Cleopatra Hill

Route Map, GPS/GPX Download & Slideshows Active.

Pages 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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