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2013, Mormon Lake Lodge, northern Arizona, outside Flagstaff:


179 exhibitors, authors, videographers and VIP travelers / feature vehicles

85 classes, programs, films, demos

110 presenters, instructors, and VIPs

6000+ attendees from:

29 U.S. states

4 Canadian provinces

18 countries

5 continents

More highlights:

We grew by 25% overall—attendees, exhibitors, staff.

Built an 80-foot pontoon bridge.

Expanded the driving course and advanced teaching area to nearly 10 acres, including an insidious mud bog and the world's hardest recovery pit.



"Like Burning Man, the Baja 1000, and the invasion of Kuwait all put together—and no one is shooting at you! (Hopefully). Not to be missed." Mark, Flagstaff
"I just wanted to send a quick email to let you know I had an exceptional time at my first OX.  The only bad thing about the experience was that I began meeting so many people that I missed half the classes I had signed up for! I also spent way too much time with the dual sport crowd. Mark let me try out a Ural. I had a great chat with Chris Scott and tried desparately to find a way to purchase and then return his Honda CR250F back to Spokane with me.  Alas, to no avail. Nicole, Rene, Lois, Austin, young Mr. Slavin, and the others were surprisingly chatty, down to earth, and ever so approachable. I even purchased Slavin's touring Mexico DVD with the idea of visiting my step-grandchildren next summer. One gentleman from New York offered to let me try out his Husky Terra 650; another, Al from Alexandria, VA, and I sat at the last night BBQ, smoked a cigar, and enjoyed a glass or two of Scotch together. Just amazing! Jonathan, it was also a pleasure to meet you there and shake your hand. The "cagers" were also a lot of fun. I am becoming more and more confined to four wheels. I found hordes of new friends of all ages who enjoyed and shared their experiences with me.  They even tolerated my long winded diatribes in return. The opportunity to look over, and even try out, all the overlanding baubles was worth the price of admission alone. So, thanks for such a wonderful time." ~ Dale Avery


"Just a line to say many thanks for a fantastic event: well organised and friendly with an abundance of things to do. I will certainly recommend it to my fellow overlanders and anyone who loves this way of life." ~ Mel Jordan

"Just wanted to thank you both for putting on the Expo. It was my first one—I am kind of new to overlanding—but I learned a ton and plan on returning, as long as I'm not in some far-flung place abroad sleeping in the back of a Land Cruiser next year (which is a distinct possibility). Jonathan, I found your talk on the ultimate vehicle toolkit particularly helpful and insightful. Now I just need to track some of those tools down and learn how to use them (ha!). Great show—inspiring, well-organized, and fun!  Thanks again." ~ Hunter Seger

"After three years of trying to get to Overland Expo I finally made it this year. I made the trip from Illinois and, though my wife and I did some other activities in Arizona this past week, I specifically came in for the show. I will tell you I had an absolute blast. I have been four wheeling since I was a teenager (80's), but have been quite limited in the opportunities to really get out and explore due to a less than desirable geographic location! You put on a great Expo, it was overwhelming to see all of the vehicles and products as well as the people who share my passion for the outdoors and exploring. I was the proverbial "kid in a candy store," my wife took the opportunity to slap me back into check while we walked about the show. It opened her eyes as well, she had no idea there were so many others out there like myself. She is now begging me to buy a Jeep. Thanx again for making my long trip so worth every penny, I will be back, and probably driving my own vehicle out so that I can participate in some of the outtings and classes. Keep up the excellent work." ~Jeff


"I just wanted to tell you that when I first signed up for this event, I was expecting it to be a very loosely (at best) organized.  I am dazzled by all that you have put together. The communications, website, Facebook pages, etc. are all really very well done.  I just wanted to let you know all your hard work is noticed and appreciated!" ~ Cheryl M.


"Thank you so very much for inviting us to be part of the EXPO. It was awesome. With your help we had a record  Trail Day and were able to build 1.2 miles with nearly 70 volunteers and Forest Service employees. Now we set our sights on National Trails Day, June 1st, usually about 250 head. My wife had so much fun at the Expo she wants to camp there next year. ~ Warren A. Williams, president, Coconino Trail Riders


Weblinks and media featuring Overland Expo [most recent shows at the top of each list; we add more as the links roll in]:


Video Sharing, 2013


Pontoon bridge:




General trip report / overview:


 Hack Across America:




Blogs & expedition websites, 2013

Adventure Trio


Hak5 Hack Across America


Right This Minute


Desk to Dirtbag


Bosque Bill



Freedom Cycles


New Mexico Backroads 


Mountain Khakis


Car Buzzard

http://carbuzzard.com/2013/05/2013-overland-expo-the-road-less-taken-is-taken/Exploring Elements

Exploring Elements


Jeanie Davison




American Adventurist:


Expedition Portal: 







All-Terrain Journal:


Lance Owners:



Image Galleries, 2013

Bosque Bill







Truck Camper Magazine



2012, Mormon Lake Lodge, northern Arizona, outside Flagstaff:

Image gallery courtesy RuggedRider.com; see also our own Gallery


148 exhibitors

85 classes, programs, films, demos

65 presenters, instructors, and VIPs

5000+ attendees from:

26 U.S. states

4 Canadian provinces

20 countries

5 continents

1 subcontinent

 More highlights:

Checked more people in Thursday this year than we did Friday and Saturday last year.

Exceeded 5000 people total.  

Floated a Land Rover across a pond.

Largest driving course yet—expanded to 4 acres.



"I really would like to personally thank you and your crew for putting on one amazing event. I have wanted to attend this for a couple of years now and for my 50th birthday my wife and I and our 2 dogs drove 1,600 miles round trip to attend your event. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves adventure travel. Everyone was so friendly and helpful and the variety of vendors was outstanding. I will attend again. This was a BUCKET LISTER."  ~ Tony Mazone


"Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much we enjoyed the Expo this year.  The venue at Mormon Lake was fantastic! I would like to encourage you to use this venue again next year.  As a resident of Colorado I would like to see it a little closer to home, but I would gladly make the trip back to Flagstaff." ~ Brian Stimitz


"Great show, will attend again next year." ~ Brian Griffiths


"I live here in the town of Mormon Lake, where the event was held, and belong to the local fire department as a captain/EMT. It was a complete joy having you here and from a public event standpoint, your organization is welcome back anytime!! Anyplace with the opportunity to help in hosting your event in their area should jump on it and roll out the red carpet." ~ Lorne Cargill, Mormon Lake Fire Department [Lorne: we'll be back in 2013!]


"Thank you so much for putting together such a great expo. We had a very good time. We are very much looking forward to next years expo! Thanks, again, for everything!" ~ Rick Russek, President/CEO, Bivouac Camping Trailers, LLC  www.moabaz.com


"Just wanted to let you know that I attended the Expo on Saturday and Sunday & was very, very impressed!!!! What a great event!!!" ~ Kevin Blomquist, Kane County, Utah


"Thanks for coming to Flagstaff. The event was excellent. Absolutely loved the movies and presentations. I hope Flagstaff worked well for you and your team. Please come back!" ~ Dave Moore [we will, Dave!]


"Congratulations on a very successful event. Well-done, as usual. I have written before and still feel this has the potential to be the biggest and best event(of any motorized rally) in the USA, heck maybe the world. Thank you for doing this." ~ Allen and Carol Naille


"Wanted to let you know that all of your very hard work on making this year’s OX an amazing success is so appreciated. The new venue was perfect; the turnout was exciting; and the fun I had seeing old friends and new had me bubbling over. I had a ball teaching my dehydrated cooking demo and was amazed that I kept my camp stove going for 50 minutes to bake an upside-down pineapple cake amidst Friday’s winds. The kids had so much fun meeting Jack and making other friends that I hardly even saw them. Thank you!" ~ Nicole Stavro Espinosa, RuggedRider.com

"I have been to the last three of your expos. Each year has been getting better. I always look forward to them. I like it in Flagstaff area for more places to camp. Thank you very much and see you next year." ~ Patrick Neveau


Weblinks and media featuring Overland Expo [most recent shows at the top of each list; we add more as the links roll in]:


Articles, 2012

Popular Mechanics




The Examiner



Truck Camper Magazine



Video Sharing, 2012


Rolled vehicle demo


Building a raft in the Camel Trophy Skills area


Ara & Spirit (pooch in a sidecar) take on the RawHyde Adventure Motorcycle rodeo course


XpeditionTech.com walkthrough, day 1


Expedition Portal, Opening Day


Bivouac Trailers


Blogs & expedition websites, 2012

Chris Scott's Motorcycling Handbook blog


Adventure Trio


GrubHub Highlights from the show

GrubHub eNews

Kurt's Motorcycle Adventures


New Mexico Backroads 


Kristian Saile


David Croyle


Exploring Elements


Living Overland


Atlas Rider






FJCruiser (Baja Rack love)


Image Galleries, 2012

PeakReflections Photography


RuggedRider.com, Nicole Stavro Espinosa


Overland Motorsports


Facebook [not all are public] 2012







2011, Amado Territory Ranch, southern Arizona:

110 exhibitors

50 presenters, instructors, and VIPs

4000 attendees from:

30 U.S. states

4 Canadian provinces

15 countries

5 continents

1 subcontinent



 "WOW!!!! What a weekend . . . !!! So many stories . . . so many people . . . so much information. A place where "doers" meet "dreamers", speak truths about international travel and dispel myths and fears. Wished an event such as this was around when we were "dreaming". Our contribution was small and we extend a huge thank you to the organizers of Overland Expo 2011 for creating this oportunity and great event. We will make every effort to return next year if at all possible. Thank you again Roseann and Jonathan and all the team."
~ Ken & Carol Duval (Aussies stopping by on their second time around the world on the same 1981 BMW R80 G/S)


"The people were definitely top-notch at Overland Expo . . . It seemed everyone who taught & helped in our classes took the time to answer our silly little questions, and they all seemed interested in our trip planning. We were honestly a little skeptical about paying for the Overland Experience package, especially on our budget. We learned so much over the weekend that we would gladly do it again. It was money well spent! We had so many opportunities to learn hands-on skills and Jim Swett (Camel Trophy Ruta Maya) was an awesome driving instructor and fellow Toyota guy. He even managed to get Shannon to hop behind the wheel and drive the Land Rover course. She tackled some fears on that course!"
~Brenton & Shannon (preparing for our trip through Central/South America, departing January 2012)


 "Bevan and I had such a great time seeing new things and catching up with old friends, we made a lot of new friends and really want to thank Roseann Hanson and the entire Overland team for such a great event, it was brilliantly run and the sessions were top-notch. I totally loved the Film Festival and a big Thanks to Austin Vince for that . . . "
~ Clare Walsh (Australia, on the way 'round the world)


"Thank you also for organizing a terrific event. We had a great time, watching films, visiting with so many people, buying DVDs, maps, books, etc. and meeting with the many vendors and travellers! There's nothing like your event anywhere else. We'll be back-next time with motorcycles!!"
 ~Stephen Golub, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada



 "SPECTACULAR . . . I will be attending next year. Thanks again!"
~ Peter Neville


"We enjoyed the event and appreciate all you and your staff did. We are planning on returning next year."
~ Tim Bernard, HappyTrail.com


 From 2010:

"With a majestic landscape as its backdrop, few public events speak to a sense of discovery better than the  Overland Expo. In our first year, in a display shared with outfitter ARB-USA, Suzuki staffers were delighted by both the venue and the organizer's ability to populate that venue. We hope to be back—with product and presenters that can even better engage those in attendance."
~ David Boldt, American Suzuki


 "On behalf of the Dirkse family, I just wanted to say thank for a great OX10. We thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for our next opportunity to attend."
~ Jeff Dirkse, Germany

"I was talking to one guy who said he pulled up to Overland Expo, parked, and spent his first two hours in the campground before he even realized he wasn't at the real show."
~ Pat Bonish, Every Mile's a Memory

"Not only did the Raw-Hyde motorcycle training team teach us a ton of stuff in a short time, they did it in such a fun, positive manner. Their method boosted our confidence a bunch. We got out today and did 9.5 hours in the Arizona desert . . . top-10 best days of my life. Thanks . . . you guys changed our lives."
~ Chris McGovern, Nevada City, CA

"G`day . . . Thank you for the hospitality—a great event, and well worth the trip."
~ Lance Gillies, All Terrain Motorhomes, Australia

"Sarah [Batten, director of Land Rover Experience training] made it an experience I will not forget. She taught me about our car. She taught me how to make it fun, not just a drive in the desert . . . I am blessed to have had the privilege of learning from Sarah. In those few hours she took away the hot, dirty, deflated exhaustion and gave me an excitement for exploring."
~ Stephanie Corder, Scottsdale, AZ

"Amazing people throughout, with so many interesting stories and so much heart. We got a kick out of being involved and had a fantastic reception on the business side."
~ Tom Milne, Remote Medical International



"I feel that I can speak for all of the exhibitors ,vendors, featured vehicles, day pass people, people who took classes, etc.: everyone that had the Expo experience gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and a great time. The event was well-organized, no litter, and staff was very helpful. Watch out for next year."
~ Grant Sergot, Óptimo Hat-Works




"[During OX09] one could feel the 'buzz' of something special that was on the verge of exploding and I think the growth over last year confirms it. We had a great time. The satisfied and excited attitudes of my students re-affirmed it."
~ Tim Huber, Phoenix, AZ


"I had such an incredible time meeting other vendors and getting inspired by the classes and films. [It was] a large and inclusive event that was beautifully detailed—all of us were swept up in the incredible energy that surrounded it. It was unforgettable for me. I look forward to being a part of it in the future."
~ Nicole Espinosa, RuggedRider.com

"The meeting of so many quality people has really and truly uplifted my life."
~ Ara Gureghian, Alpine, TX




"[Overland Expo] brought us together with a common goal . . . conservation and responsible exploration. What a great thing! I think you could say that history was made last weekend, that this event validates  . . . that this is an industry, a lifestyle, a way of life that is growing, strong, good, and here to stay."
~ Scott Brown, Jeep, West Region Communications

"It was a fantastic chance to meet the whole tribe, and the sense of community was almost overwhelming. Unlike any 'trade show' I think I've been to before, it was much less about 'selling stuff' and so much more about sharing advice and experiences. Fantastic."
~ Jay Shapiro, EcoRoamer / Muskoka Foundation

"This weekend has shown me that the world of overlanding is an accessible one, even to the average person like myself. Though my goal is to explore Africa someday, my short-term goal of exploring the American Southwest is all the more plausible after this weekend and I have a firm sense of how to make that goal a reality."
~ Chris Bradley, La Habra, CA


"The involvement and enticement of women to overlanding [was a great success]. As a husband, I say 'thanks' for helping to bring my wife more into overlanding and having other wonderful ladies there as examples. My wife bought both of Lois Pryce's books (and got them signed of course). From the Sportsmobiles to the folding Adventure Trailer to the entire feel of the event, it was balanced and fun versus testosterone madness. Thank you!"
~ Lance Blair, Phoenix, AZ


"There was such a wealth of knowledge and experience present at each of the classes I attended that the instructors acted more like facilitators than traditional teachers. I found the instructors eager to choose topics and guide discussion rather than a more traditional teaching format. Everyone brought something to the learning table; we were all students and teachers at the same time. All the instructors did a truly stupendous job leading the discussions and restating the real world experiences from around the globe to create a very unique and effective learning experience."
~ Aaron Shrier, Los Angeles, CA


"We absolutely enjoyed it, including my wife. Where before I was just pulling her along (on overland trips), now, because of Overland Expo and her experiences here, she's beside me, or leading!"
~ Andy Trabucco, Solvang, CA


"It was wonderful - and inspirational. It opened new doors for me, as well as affirmed my husband's knowledge about overlanding - I'm much more comfortable now than ever before."
~ Mandy Wagner, Wittman, AZ



Weblinks and media featuring Overland Expo 2009 to present [most recent shows at the top of each list; we add more as the links roll in]:


Photo Sharing 



Flickr Photo Pools




Photo contest winners, 2011:







Video Sharing

Overland Expo official video: http://www.overlandexpo.com/video


YouTube/Overland Expo and related, 2012:








YouTube/Overland Expo and related, past years:

Overland Expo 2011

Overland Expo 2010 Teaser

Overland Expo 2010 Day 1

Overland Expo Profile: Lance Blair of Disabled

Overland Expo 2010 Day 2

Overland Expo Interview with Mario Donovan of A

Overland Expo 2010 Day 3

Overland Expo Final Cut.wmv

Overland Expo 2010: A walk with Dave
Overland Expo, 2010

Overland interviews .wmv

Joe Bacal at 2010 Overland Expo

Equipt Expedition Outfitters & Overland Travel

UP Overland to Overland Expo via Evergreen Colorado

Overland Expo 2010 with KevinsOffroad.com vid 1of9

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UP Overland:



Kevin’s OffRoad



Adventure Trio



Newspapers & Magazines

Popular Mechanics, 2012 coverage:



Off-Road.com, 2012 coverage:



Overland Journal - Spring 2010 issue feature, 8 pages



Truck Camper Magazine, 2010



Sonora Es ~ Spanish language travel magazine, May edition



Four Wheeler Magazine



Las Vegas Examiner - announcement and article





Four Wheel and Offroad



Rockcrawler Magazine



Friction Zone Magazine

March 2010 issue feature


4x4 International

June 2010 issue feature



Land Rover World

Land Rover Owners

Road Runner Magazine

Adventure Rider Magazine

Truck Trend Magazine

Car & Driver

Dual-Sport News

Mud UK



Blogs & Websites








Past years:


RV.net ~ Thorough writeup and review



Oasis of My Soul and related








Nick Taylor



UP Overland




Off-Road Trail Tools







Live Adventurously ~ travel site




Kevin’s Off-road



Adventurous Spirits



Wandrin Website/Blog




Cycle Grr



Fractured Atlas



Dormobile Blog



Southbound Blog



Moto Americano blog



Royal Enfield blog




Chaz Layne website



Rugged Rider







Carbon Neutral Expedition






Tech News






Pangaea Expeditions



Chrysler Automag



Mountain Khakis



Overland Journey



Eppyville Blog









Chris Marzonie













FJ Cruiser Forums





Mercedes Forum



Jeep Forums









Land Rover Forums



Nissan Forum







Expedition Portal








Overland Portal



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