Toyota Landcruiser driving down a dirt road in Carrizo Plain National Monument

How to Find Overland Trails

As a long-time explorer of National Forest fire roads, I’m old enough to remember when the only way to find a 4×4 trail was to check out a DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer, call up a ranger station and ask for advice, get some beta from one of the locals while getting supplies, or simply finding a cool looking road and exploring. Somehow, I managed to find some pretty incredible and untouched places to get into the backcountry without the use of electronics.

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Is Overlanding Expensive?

When scrolling through social media, it’s easy to get the impression that in order to have a true overland adventure, you need a brand-new rig loaded down with all of the latest gear, and you have to take a trip to some far-flung exotic location for months at a time.

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Vanagon VW Volkswagen driving down the paved highway in Baja van life overlanding

How to: Start Overlanding

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably come across the term “overlanding.” You may have heard an acquaintance use it to describe their weekend getaway, or you might have come across it on social media. In all reality, overlanding means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. 

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