Off-Roading Fish Creek Wash to Sandstone Canyon

Off-Roading Fish Creek Wash to Sandstone Canyon

Fish Creek Wash to Sandstone Canyon are two off-road trails in Southern California that embody the American West. These trails are both rated as easy, and you can tackle them during a day-trip. But if you have the time for a bit of overlanding, spending 2-3 days will give you more time to explore the rich geology of Anza-Borrego State Park, enjoy the glittering night sky, and have an unforgettable adventure in the desert.
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Building An Overland Community at the First TrailRecon Summit

Building An Overland Community at the First TrailRecon Summit

Enthusiasm for the off-road and overland community inspired us to partner with Merus Adventure Park in Texas to host the inaugural TrailRecon Summit. We designed this event with community at its heart and we deliberately created an environment in which people could connect with each other, learn from each other, and build relationships that would enrich their lives.
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Top 10 Apps for Overlanding

Top 10 Apps for Overlanding

Here's a list of the top 10 apps we always use on our off-road and overlanding that make our journeys easier and way more enjoyable.

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Meal Planning for Your Next Overland Adventure

Meal Planning for Your Next Overland Adventure

If you want to eat well during your next adventure, meal planning in advanced is the most important thing you can do. Before you head to the grocery store and pack up your camp kitchen, check out these tips for masterfully planning your overlanding meals.
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Message from Brad: Do You Have an Adventure Mindset?

Message from Brad: Do You Have an Adventure Mindset?

When things don't go according to plan on your adventure, having a positive attitude is key!
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3 Tips for Planning Your Overland Adventure

3 Tips for Planning Your Overland Adventure

The secret to a great adventure is to meticulously plan and prepare for the unexpected. In this blog, I share three of the most important tips I've learned over the years of planning off-road and overland adventures. 
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Then and Now on the Palomar Divide Trail

Then and Now on the Palomar Divide Trail

When my husband bought a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon nearly seven years ago little did we know it would be a harbinger of change for our family that would teach us some important life lessons.     
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Experiencing Easter Jeep Safari 2022

Experiencing Easter Jeep Safari 2022

What Is Easter Jeep Safari All About? The Safari is an annual, nine-day event that takes place in Moab, Utah, a Mecca for off-road adventures, where enthusiasts come with their four-wheel drive vehicles to tackles the dozens of trails in the area. 
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Revisiting the Scenic Oriflamme Canyon Trail

Revisiting the Scenic Oriflamme Canyon Trail

Among the many off-road trails scattered about Southern California, there are a few that are worth coming back to again and again. Two of the trails encircling the Chariot Mountains in Southern California, the Oriflamme Canyon and Rodriguez Spur Truck Trails, are among them.

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Setting up the Perfect Camp Kitchen

Setting up the Perfect Camp Kitchen

Whether you’re cooking up breakfast in flower-filled meadow, having lunch on the side of mountain, or serving dinner beneath a glittering desert sky, food just tastes better outside. In fact, I think enjoying a great meal...
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Going to the Bathroom When You're Camping Off Grid

Going to the Bathroom When You're Camping Off Grid

Humans have been relieving themselves in the wild since the dawn of time, so what’s the big deal about pooping and peeing au naturale when you’re in the backcountry?    
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Gold Fever Trail: Searching for Gold and Snow in Southern California

Gold Fever Trail: Searching for Gold and Snow in Southern California

When most people think about Southern California, the first thing that usually comes to mind is either Hollywood, movie stars, amusement parks....
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Unexpected Adventure Exploring Anza-Borrego with an Epic Family

Unexpected Adventure Exploring Anza-Borrego with an Epic Family

By saying "yes" to a three-day, off-road journey in Anza-Borrego—an adventure I almost said no to—I ended up with so much more than memories of a weekend trip. I honed my overlanding skills, made wonderful new friends, and discovered the magic and beauty of the American southwest desert. But that’s the thing about adventures, isn’t it? They’re about new challenges and experiences. They’re about expanding your horizons (literally and figuratively) and personal growth. And the best adventures often happen when you’re least expecting them.     

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Canyons and Community: E3 Overland Adventure to the Grand Canyon

Canyons and Community: E3 Overland Adventure to the Grand Canyon

One of the things my husband Brad has always liked most about overlanding is the community. He loves the people he’s come to know over the years, whether they’ve shared in his adventures or helped him out along the way.    
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Exploring Black Mountain Trail in Southern California’s San Jacinto Mountains

Exploring Black Mountain Trail in Southern California’s San Jacinto Mountains

Black Mountain Trail is an easy 12.5 mile “up and back” trail that reaches an elevation of about 7,700 feet.
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What To Expect When Going to an Overland Expo

What To Expect When Going to an Overland Expo

That’s the question I asked my husband, who has been to several of these events, after I decided to go with him to not one but to all three events this year—
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Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone and Planning an Epic Overland Adventure

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone and Planning an Epic Overland Adventure

When my dad first mentioned his plan to visit all 50 states, my ears perked up. I got excited about the idea of tagging along to some of the places I had never been to. 
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Off-Road Adventures in Anza Borrego

Off-Road Adventures in Anza Borrego

An off-road adventure in Anza-Borrego State Park that includes information about the geology and history of the Southern California desert, an off-road 4x4 playground, the Fish Creek and Sandstone Canyon trails, metallic giant sloths, and Salvation Mountain, a quirky and massive work of art. 
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The Magic of Overlanding in the Sierra Nevadas

The Magic of Overlanding in the Sierra Nevadas

My adventure into the Sierra Nevadas last July was, hands down, the best off-roading journey I have had in my life. I thought I knew what I was getting into after watching my dad’s video of his last trip here just a few months before but I was
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Off-Roading is Good for the Soul

Off-Roading is Good for the Soul

There’s something to be said for driving down a dirt road, surrounded by trees and blue skies, while belting out your favorite songs at
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Tips for Getting a Great Night's Rest When Overlanding

Tips for Getting a Great Night's Rest When Overlanding

At the end of a long day off-roading there is no better feeling than climbing into my rooftop tent and going to sleep. And a great night’s rest is essential for when you're on an overland trip because being well-rested is essential to enjoying any adventure and making sure you are up to any challenges you find on the trail. 


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Discovering Overlanding

Discovering Overlanding

If you're new to the world of overlanding, you may not be sure what to think of it. Simply put, overlanding is all about self-sustained vehicle based adventure. And going on an adventure usually requires you to go down a road you’ve never traveled before (literally and figuratively) and overcoming any challenges you encounter on your journey. I discovered overlanding was all that and so much more.


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Experiencing Overland Expo West

Experiencing Overland Expo West

Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Arizona, is my absolute favorite event of the year. What I love most is that it’s not just an event, it’s an experience. You don’t just goto Overland Expo West—you engage with it. From the
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Channel Your Inner Astronaut: Off-roading in Valley of the Moons

Channel Your Inner Astronaut: Off-roading in Valley of the Moons

 This trail has it all! Rock crawling. Spectacular scenery. An abandoned mine to explore.
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Sedona Arizona: Off-Road Trail Adventure

Sedona Arizona: Off-Road Trail Adventure

Sedona is famous for breathtaking scenery with its massive red rock formations, but we’d also heard there were some pretty incredible trails in this part of Arizona.
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