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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.

Battleaxe-Gila Trail to Box Canyon

Drop in and out of White Canyon for dispersed camping or carry on for an incredible array of eye-pleasing geography in a short period; Gila Trail, Battle Axe Trail, Cochran Coke Ovens Stage Route, Martinez Mine & Box Canyon.

Ghosts Of Native America, Globe & Miame

Byway leads to a exciting region south of Oak Flats, sacred lands to the Apache, now a magnate to 4WD enthusiasts, hikers and rock climbers. On the way, 1260 Bésh Baa Gowąh Pueblo, later home to 1875 Globe mine camp and near-ghost town of Miami where many turn-of-the-century relics survive.

Apache Trail, Salado Cliff Dwellings & Tonto National Forest

This series of routes is full of mystical places, legends, treasure hunts, ancient cliff dwellings, frontier ranching communities, gold rush towns and remote turn-of-the century mines on historical trails that weave in and out of interesting desert canyons and several deep-blue lakes.

Route 66 & Grand Canyon South Rim

Such diversity and extraordinary beauty is rarely available in such a short distance, never mind so many interesting and remote trails to choose from to enjoy the Journey. The crowing jewel, the falls of Havasu, can be found at the heart of an 800-year old civilization.

Old West Trails to Canyon South Rim

Shortly after Lt. Edward Beale built a wagon road in 1857, prospectors blazed pack trails and wagon roads into two regions that continue to serve recreationalist today. Chloride, Oatman boomtown survivors and relics add interest, but the real attraction is the myriad rugged desert trails left behind.

Idaho Bitterroot Mountain Iconic Trail Series

Retrace iconic Bitterroot Mountains trail crossings; Lewis & Clark’s “Lost Trail Pass” where Discovery Corp lost their way before reaching “Lolo Trail”, a historical Nez Perce buffalo hunt trail and the Route of The Hiawatha 14 rail-trail tunnels.

'River of No Return' Wilderness, Idaho Trail Series

Travels early stage-wagon roads through classic ghost towns and the scenic regions surrounding the Salmon River and its tributaries; gateway to 400 miles of canyons and mountains, including longest section of wilderness in lower 48 states.

Boise Basin & Yankee Fork Gold Rush, Idaho Series

Series travels through trails cut to reach three of Idaho’s biggest gold strikes, all magnificent mountain and river regions; fifteen different scenic river valleys through untouched wilderness, waterfalls, hot springs, pictographs and amazing canyon vistas.

Idaho Iconic Desert & Mountain Trail Series

Three vastly different regions are covered, two high mountain discoveries separated by the Snake River Desert Plain. Lost Blue Bucket Mine legend drew prospectors to make incredible finds on both sides of celebrated section of the Oregon Trail.


In 1818, three North West Fur Company trappers were killed and the area was named “Owhyee” in honor of their Hawaiian roots. By 1865, the second biggest silver rush in America was on, through remote-rugged desert, deep-canyons, towering mountains; leaving colorful old west routes, history and relics to explore.

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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