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Overland Trail Guides

Don’t have time or want to plan out your route? No problem, we’ve got you covered. Our partner, Overland Trail Guides has done the heavy lifting for you so that you can just enjoy the adventure! We’ve selected a handful of pre-planned, approved routes for you to get out, explore and find your freedom. Each planned route offers detailed information on the area, the trail, discovery points, camping options and even allows for you to download GPX files to add to your favorite map application. No need to spend countless hours planning your trip, just pick up and go!

California

MOJAVE ROAD

The Mojave Road is one of North America’s most iconic overland routes. Established over 200 years ago as a local trading route for the indigenous tribes of the area, the Mojave Road has gained cult-like status in the off road world. Come visit the majestic Mojave and discovery why so many people keep coming back.

  • Region: Southern California
  • Best Season: October - May
  • Tech Rating: Green + Minimal Blue

Death Valley Adventure Route

Death Valley, the famous home of the Manson Family. Things can get a bit weird out in this part of the desert, but natural wonders and relics of the past will keep you yearning for more. 

  • Region: Southern California
  • Best Season: November - May
  • Technical Rating: Green + Minimal Blue

Big Sur Adventure Route

Mellow terrain and big views will provide beginner to expert off-roaders with an unforgettable experience along California’s world famous Big Sur coastline and Ventana mountains.

  • Region: Central California
  • Best Season: Year Round
  • Technical Rating: Green

Plumas Backcountry
Discovery Trail

Unlike Lake Tahoe, and the central and southern Sierra, the northern Sierra is place to get away from the crowds and learn about California’s rich cultural history. The hills and mountains of the northern Sierra were once filled with pioneers, miners, and prospectors hoping to strike it rich. 

  • Region: Northern California
  • Best Season: June - November
  • Technical Rating: Green

Modoc Backcountry
Discovery Trail

Do wild mustangs, the high desert, lava tubes or volcanoes intrigue you? Then consider this portion of the California Backcountry Discovery Trail in far northeastern California.

  • Region: Northern California
  • Best Season: June - November
  • Technical Rating: Green + Minimal Blue

Joshua Tree Adventure Route

Like many of our national parks, Joshua Tree has exploded in popularity. However, those “in the know” have been coming to the park for decades, in search of spiritual awakenings and the desert magic that seems to pervade this corner of Southern California. 

  • Region: Southern California
  • Best Season: October - May
  • Technical Rating: Green + Minimal Blue

Six Rivers Backcountry
Discovery Trail

Right smack dab in the middle of big foot country, that’s where Six Rivers National Forest sits. With its dense evergreen forests, crystal clear rivers overflowing with steelhead and salmon, and steep river canyons– you’d love this place too if you were sasquatch!

  • Region: Northern California
  • Best Season: May - November
  • Techincal Rating: Green

Lost Coast Adventure Route

With its old growth redwood forests, spectacular coastal mountains, and rugged coastline, the Lost Coast might just be the quintessential overland adventure of Northern California. 

  • Region: Northern California
  • Best Season: April - October
  • Technical Rating: Green

Lassen Backcountry
Discovery Trail

The land of Ishi and Peter Lassen. The Lassen Backcountry Discovery Trail is where the northern Sierra meets the southern Cascades. It’s a land that’s rich in aboriginal and pioneer history, but its natural splendor an unspoiled wilderness will mesmerize any nature lover.

  • Region: Northern California
  • Best Season: June - November
  • Technical Rating: Green

UTAH

White Rim Trail

The White Rim Trail belongs on every overlander’s bucket list. There’s good reason why this is one of the most popular off-road trails in North America. With its red rock canyons and mesas, sculpted hoodoos, and incandescent night sky, Canyonlands National Park is an overlander’s paradise. 

  • Region: Utah
  • Best Season: Spring or Fall
  • Technical Rating: Green + Minimal Blue

Gold Butte Adventure Route

Nestled between Las Vegas and Saint George lies one of the Unites States’ newest national monuments, Gold Butte. With its red rocks and numerous historical and archeological sites, this hidden gem is quickly becoming noticed by more adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts every year. The proximity to Las Vegas makes Gold Butte a great day trip, or multi-night adventure. 

  • Region: Utah
  • Best Season: March - November
  • Technical Rating: Green + Minimal Blue

Grand Staircase Adventure Route

Those that relish the pioneer spirit and wide open spaces of the west, will quickly grow fond of Grand Staircase-Escalante and all it has to offer.

  • Region: Utah
  • Best Season: March - November
  • Technical Rating: Green + Minimal Blue

Arizona

The North Rim Grand Traverse

Far away from the tourists overcrowding the South Rim, the “other side” as the North Rim is commonly called, is a place filled with evergreen forests, aspen groves, lush meadows filled with grazing elk and bison, and a backcountry that is truly wild. This is a great multi-week adventure filled with some of the most picturesque geological scenery in the North America.

  • Region: Arizona
  • Best Season: March - November
  • Technical Rating: Green + Minimal Blue

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Disclaimer

Should you decide to travel a route that is published on topoterra.com overlandtrailguides.com, you do so at your own risk.  Always take the appropriate precautions when planning and traveling, including checking the current local weather, permit requirements, trail/road conditions, and land/road closures.  While traveling, obey all public and private land use restrictions and rules, and carry the appropriate safety, recovery, and navigational equipment.  The information found on this site is simply a planning resource to be used as a point of inspiration in conjunction with your own due-diligence.  In spite of the fact that this route, associated GPS track (GPX and maps), and all route guidelines were prepared under diligent research by Overland Trail Guides, the route accuracy and current conditions of roads and trails cannot be guaranteed. Furthermore, please make sure to research and decide if you feel the route selected is within the parameters of the TopoTerra rental agreement. Reminder, there is no extreme off-roading allowed – no water crossings, mudding, sand dunes or extreme rock crawling.