5 Great Beginner Overland Trails

Overlanding is becoming an increasingly popular activity allowing adventurers to discover the countless natural wonders in North America. Overlanding is self-reliant, over-land travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Much of the rise in popularity of overlanding can be attributed to improved GPS technology and more capable camping trailers like Off Grid Trailers.
We’ve put together a list of our favorite beginner overland trails for your first adventure. Whether you’ve been overlanding for years or you are considering trying it for the first time, these trails will be sure to top your list of all-time favorites.

Valley of the Gods Road, Mexican Hat, Utah

When you picture the Old West, Southern Utah has to come to mind. The majestic, red rocks and towering buttes are frequently the film locations of Western movies. Valley of the Gods is a scenic sandstone valley with incredible overland trails. This trail will take your breath away as you take your modern vehicle back in time.

Baja Peninsula, Mexico

Searching for a unique and intimidating landscape on your off-road journey? The Mexican Baja Peninsula is the perfect destination with its striking Sonoran desert scenes and beautiful sandy Pacific beaches.

Southern Wisconsin to Lake Superior

For those in the Midwest, the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail consists of paved roads, gravel roads, and dirt/sand forest roads. The route starts on the Wisconsin / Illinois border just north of Galena, Illinois and ends at Lake Superior near the town of Cornucopia. The 600-mile trail was originally designed for dual-sport and adventure bikes, and is perfect for overlanding.

Alpine Loop National Back Country Byway, Colorado

This scenic byway is a 70-mile loop that starts and ends in Silverton, Colorado, but can also be accessed from the city of Ouray. It crosses over both Engineering Pass to the north, as well as Cinnamon Pass to the south, and even leads you through some old ghost towns and former mining establishments. This Trail provides amazing views and an overlanding experience to remember.

The Dalton Highway, Alaska

This dramatic trail has been featured in Ice Road Truckers. So, yes this road can get a little icy. You may want to do it during the summer when most of the snow has melted. This amazing journey will give you some breathtaking views of things you have never seen before. There are only three small towns along this 414-mile trail, with the last 250 being completely remote. You will feel transported to a whole new world on this Alaskan overland adventure.

As you set out on your adventure, remember to have plenty of food and water, supplies, and have plans in place to keep you and your traveling companions safe. Check weather conditions before venturing into the great wild, and know your limits. A word of caution: Overlanding can be addictive! Be prepared to fall in love with the journey and all the unique cultural, culinary, and geographical experiences the journey holds.

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