Overland to the Expo – WEST
routes TO flagstaff, az
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Overland by caravan
Create a caravan to Overland Expo 2018 West with the Overland Bound Rally Point software! Make plans to roll out with your crew, or connect with others in your area who are headed to Flagstaff, AZ in May! Simply fill in the event details and Rally Point will create an announcement page visible on OverlandBound.com that is shareable. Get started here.
Looking for more ways to connect with others?
Join one of the many overland groups traveling together before or after the show:
Guided Tours to Overland Expo 2018 WEST
New Mexico back road's ghost divide expedition — May 13th through May 17th
This May, NMBR will be guiding a 500-mile expedition en-route to the Overland Expo West that will traverse New Mexico and Arizona’s loneliest backroads—2018 will mark the 8th year New Mexico Backroads has guided a multi-day expedition in connection with the Overland Expo West; this year’s route will be the longest, roughest, and best yet. The GDE route will cover three unique areas—Gila National Forest, White Mountains, and Mogollon Rim. Over two-thirds of the Ghost Divide Expedition route will be comprised of unpaved backroads. The Ghost Divide Expedition will provide a demanding (yet rewarding) experience—the days will be long, the terrain will be rugged, and the pace will be brisk. All nights will include camping and enjoying the company of fellow overlanders, deep in the backcountry. For those that join in, the only guarantee is that they will conclude their adventure with new friends, dirty rigs, big smiles, and an accomplishment that will make their fellow overlanders envious.
Ride with Arizona Motorcycle Adventures — May 16th through May 21st
Join a fully guided all-inclusive tour, as they take you through the state of Arizona to the Overland Expo by the best means possible: overland.
On this exclusive tour we’ll tackle some of the best parts of the AZ Backcountry Discovery Route and other locals-only trails as we make our way from Phoenix to Flagstaff to join in the incredible offerings of the OX. Rent a fully-equipped adventure bike from us, or come along on your very own machine.
All accommodations and logistics are taken care of, including hotels, and catered camping amenities, along with the full Overland Experience Package so you can really get the most out of this amazing event. Register by APRIL 15th, as this tour will sell out. Don’t miss an amazing opportunity to join us on some of the most incredible off-road riding and the best event for adventurists like you.
MotoDiscovery's Overland Expo Tribe Ride 2018 — May 13th through May 17th
Every couple of years MotoDiscovery creates a special Tribe Ride for their friends, past tour and training participants and staff. For 2018, they decided to have the Tribe Ride base out of Flagstaff, Arizona in order to coincide with Overland Expo 2018 WEST.
Besides the camaraderie, incredible scenery and phenomenal riding, they will also be gathering several of our tour staff guys and gals many of whom you may have ridden with in some corner of the globe.
This is a very inclusive 5-day adventure ride, consisting of on- and off-road sections of various challenge through incredible scenic areas including the Grand Canyon, Navajo Nation, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, Grand Staircase and more. For more information, please give them a call at 830-438-7744.
West38's 4 Day Journey to the Overland EXPO — may 14th through may
During this 4-day, 3-night tour, our first night is in a lodge with all the creature comforts. The second night we camp off our motorcycles at a campground that offers us the outdoor comforts of a pit toilet and established campsites. On the third night, camping is totally off the grid, far from anything established! We teach you all the skills necessary to be comfortable in this environment and all the skills necessary to have tons of fun – campfire, food, and drinks at night. Once we arrive at the Overland Expo, camp sites will be available to you for up to four nights during the course of the event. Visit West 38 Moto for more details.
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
Planning an overland route to Overland Expo or have route recommendations? Email us with details.