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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 Legs 1-3 days
Trek Legs Link One Interesting Region to Another

Trek Legs are the fundamental links in all our Overland Expedition Scout Reports and GPS Tracklogs; Research tools to help you plan your own self-guided trip. Each pictorial documentary can be previewed in two ways, a 15+ photo slide show or a more detailed Scout Report provided on some Legs. Most of our scouting expeditions are designed to flow from one interesting region to another, linking one state or province to another. Trek Legs link Trek Series, and when interconnected, form the stages of our Journeys, which in turn form the basis for our Expeditions. The fastest way to see how the Trek Legs are interlinked is via the Location menu and Journey options.

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Homesteads & Railtowns: Therien - Bonnyville

There is a unique peace and serenity to be found in the prairies while exploring the, now, little used network of wagon roads created to link rail town elevators with homestead grains. Many ghost-homestead survive waiting to be appreciated; icons of the backbone of the Canadian West.

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Homesteads & Railtowns: Bellis - Badlands

In the quest for mystical journeys, we sometimes forget to explore the magic of our own backyards. Living in Calgary, the temptation is always to head west through the mountains, but every other direction leads to little used networks left by railroads and wagon roads to 100 year old homesteads.

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Homesteads & Railtowns: Stettler - Vilna

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.

Anza-Borrego’s Outstanding Sandstone Canyon Trail

Under construction, coming later this month.

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Pinyon Mountain Drop-off to Fish Creek & Sandstone Canyon

Pinyon Mountain “Squeeze” and Canyon Drop-off, the most difficult access into Fish Creek wash, is an exciting gateway to the Sandstone Canyon. The one-way route that heads East is suited to experienced drivers and 4WD vehicles with good clearance and articulation.

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The Great Southern Mail Stage Route & Diablo Drop-off

Retracing surviving sections of the Overland Stage Route in the storied Carrizo-Vallecito corridor along Anza-Borrego’s earthquake valley; Arroyo Seco del Diablo - Arroyo Tapiado loop to Diablo Drop-off, a dramatic gateway to Sandstone Canyon.

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Prehistoric Oasis, Goat Canyon & Great Overland Stage Road

Jacumba Mountains have attracted overlanders for 6000 years; a region thick with sacred native sites, palm tree oasis, serene 4WD roads and adventurist hiking trails, in the most beautiful rugged desert region in Anza Borrego.

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Chiricahua Hoodoo “Hands Pass” Backdoor Trail

Hands Pass, a little known and used historical back door trail from the 27 million year old Chiricahua Hoodoos - dramatic pinnacles, columns, spires and balanced rocks; ideal for exploration.

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Retallack-Cody Over-the-top Trail

A region so thick with relics, it was coined the “Valley of the Ghosts”. Off-road vehicles can retrace the exhilarating over-the-top Retallack to Cody Wagon Road past interesting mines and jaw dropping mountain views. Retrace the 1891 discovery route of 'Silvery Slocan'.

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Gleeson Pearce Ghost Town Road & The Dragoon Mountains

We followed the High Lonesome Road to the tip of the Dragon Mountains. Cochise County coined the route the Pearce Ghost Town Road, to stimulate interest in the relic-rich region. Weaving between the old road and abandoned bed of the Arizona & Colorado Railway added interest.

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OverlandFrontier.com 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 rogermercier@me.com

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