Overland to the Expo – WEST
routes TO flagstaff, az
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journeys TO OVERLAND EXPO
If you are looking to incorporate some off-the-beaten-path travel into your journey to Overland Expo, you may want to check out Offroad Trail Guide. They have thousands of tracks across the country, searchable by mode of transportation, location and difficulty.
There are many varied routes in the Flagstaff / Grand Canyon area for you to explore as well.
Download their mobile app for offline maps options and a campground locator.
You may contribute your own trails and routes using the "record" function to help grow their trail library.
Routes to or around northern Arizona
Northern Arizona and the Four Corners region are a world-class destination, home to the Grand Canyon, the Hopi and Navajo Nations, Lake Powell and Lake Mead, the Colorado River, dozens of parks and monuments—there are just too many to list.
Here are some favorite overland routes around and to Northern Arizona.
BACKROADS AROUND THE NORTH RIM OF THE GRAND CANYON
One of our favorite routes starts at the historic Cliff Dweller's Lodge. Head west on 89A, then south on Buffalo Ranch Road (FS 8910) across the breathtaking plains of House Rock Valley to the rim anywhere near Buck Farm Point - stunning views, and you can camp where you like (just don't sleepwalk). Point Sublime, 20 miles west of the North Rim visitor's center, is another superb spot with developed campsites, and the 60-mile dirt drive from Highway 389 to Toroweap campground is rewarded with a vertiginous view over Lava Falls rapids on the Colorado River, which you can hearfrom 3,000 feet up.
BACKROADS AROUND THE SOUTH RIM OF THE GRAND CANYON
By suggestion of a reader, the old Route 66 (B-40) from Kingman to Peach Springs to Seligman is a good detour for bikes and trucks. Don't miss the Hackberry General Store (you'd be hard-presssed to), chockablock with historic Route 66 memorabilia.
All roads lead to Overland Expo?
Mark Stephens over at AdventureParents.com has published an excellent guide to the 10 best dirt roads in the American West. Coincidentally many of them lead to or are right near Overland Expo.
- Point Sublime, Grand Canyon National Park, above.
- White Rim Trail, Utah
- Alpine Loop, Ouray, CO
- Chaco Canyon, NM
- Lippincott Road, Death Valley, CA
- Alstrom Point, Lake Powell, AZ
- Burr Trail, Capitol Reef NP, UT
- Mohave Road, CA
- Beef Basin, UT
Here is the link to all the destinations, with Mark's outstanding photography.
Overland Route Guides
Plan an exploratory trip with friends during the show, or create some loops for before or after the event. Special thanks to Mark Ordway for putting these together for us!
The trails are suitable for an adventure motorcycle or 4WD vehicle.
Click image to open PDF; download using your right-click (or other option) to download.
**UPDATE MARCH 2013: The Coconino National Forest Service closes some trails for administrative or conservation purposes so it is advised to consult their most recent maps before driving or riding on trails. They have the maps posted online and you can order copies free through this site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/coconino/maps-pubs
NMBR’s 2017 Ghost Divide Expeditions [GDE17]
Ghost Divide Expedition – Overland to the Expo – May 7th to May 11th
Ghost Divide Expedition II – Overland from the Expo – May 15th to May 19th
This May, New Mexico Backroads will be guiding two separate 500-mile Overland Expo WEST based adventures. Both Ghost Divide Expedition offerings will follow the same route and cover three unique areas—Gila National Forest, White Mountains, and Mogollon Rim. Landscapes and terrain will include desert, grassland, chaparral, canyon bottoms, wildland burn scars, and dense forest with elevations ranging from approximately 4,250 to 9,575-feet. Road types and conditions will include washboards, two tracks, primitive non-maintained, graded, mountain shelf, dirt byway, and (least of all) pavement. The Ghost Divide Expeditions will provide a demanding (yet rewarding) experience—the days will be long, the terrain will be rugged, and the pace will be brisk. The Ghost Divide Expeditions will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, provisions, meals, and supplies. Ready for your next great adventure? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for full Ghost Divide Expedition details, pricing and registration information or visit http://www.newmexicobackroads.com/p/blog-page_11.html
Keep checking back as more groups come together.
Planning an overland route to Overland Expo? Email us with details.