Today, this premium product provides options to extend an overland odyssey from Canada to Mexico, and from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.
H.o.W. (in the photo above) has always been an adaptable, GPS-guided 2,800-mile-plus loop along backcountry roads through some of the American West's most iconic landscapes. But over the last few seasons, we've chronicled routing that can extend the experience beyond H.o.W.'s original six states.
The result: Heart of the West Adventure Route serves as a convenient "roundabout" that links an unmatched network of loops 'n routes with:
- new included routing, at no additional cost
- convenient connectors to the multistate Backcountry Discovery Routes; and
- optional connectors (at additional cost) to Northern and Southern California.
By taking a modular, looping approach to wildland route development, we've made it easy to tailor H.o.W. to your interests, logistics, time limitations and circumstances.
From California's deserts and coastal mountains to Utah's canyons and the ramparts of the Rocky Mountains ... Heart of the West's roundabout of loops and routes lets you pick and choose, mix and match ... and do it your way! (Pricing and details are below.)
|Heart of the West ADV Route (with optional routing)|
An exhilarating wildland experience by itself, this connector ascends deep into the rugged and surprisingly verdant mountain ranges and canyons of the Silver State's northernmost reaches.
Our 575-mile (925km) Northern California connector. Backcountry travelers make their way to or from California, crossing the Great Basin between the Sierra Nevada, the H.o.W. roundabout, the southern terminus of the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route and the northern terminus of the Nevada BDR. Note: This option also connects the H.o.W. roundabout to our 825-mile trans-California route, Sierra to the Sea (see below).
|Southern California connector|
Typically an eight-day east-west journey that can be taken in either direction, S2S uses GPS-guided routing to immerse travelers in:
|Sierra to the Sea (S2S)|
- the northern Sierra's rugged and historic Mother Lode country;
- the southern reaches of the Cascade Range;
- the woodlands and grasslands of the Coast Ranges; and
- the largest coastal wildland in the Lower 48.
Fee: $199/1-2 vehs; $299/3-4 vehs.
Our 1,300-mile (2,092 km) Southern California connector. This option extends from the Mojave Desert to H.o.W. It also links to the Utah and Arizona Backcountry Discovery Routes. It includes:
- Mojave National Preserve;
- Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument;
- the new Gold Butte National Monument; and
- Utah's canyon country, including Moab.
Fee: $129/1-2 vehs.; $199/3-4 vehs.)
H.o.W. -- Hub of the roundabout
Heart of the West Adventure Route is our flagship product. It immerses overland travelers in the wildlands of six states in the American West:
- Utah, and
Heart of the West extends deep into the Great Basin, one of the most remote and sparsely populated regions in the Lower 48.
|Heart of the West Adventure Route|
Lonely two-tracks reach deeper into multi-hued badlands. And alluring wildland backways have replaced tamer state and county roads.
The licensed H.o.W. package (pricing is below) includes:
- our detailed, comprehensive plug-and-play GPX track file;
- the H.o.W. e-booklet (printable and available online 24/7);
- personal consultations;
- re-routing as you travel when conditions warrant; and ...
- built-in links to the Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah Backcountry Discovery Routes.
|H.o.W. Map Packs ($60 ea., shipped)|
Depicting highways, surface waters, paved and unpaved backroads, public lands, national and state parks, campgrounds and a great deal more, these maps are important companions to GPS-guided travel, providing a "big-picture" perspective and exceptional detail. It even includes H.o.W.'s convenient connectors to the Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Nevada Backcountry Discovery Routes.
Perhaps best of all: Heart of the West includes rewarding, field-tested options to shorten, modify and adapt the full, ~2,800-mile (4,500 km) loop to accommodate time-limited or changed itineraries.
So no matter what your schedule will allow, Heart of the West ADV Route can be adapted to fit your needs, even as you travel.
The fee schedule for personal use of the proprietary, non-transferable H.o.W. track file alone is:
$199 USD for 1-2 vehicles
$319 USD for 3-4 vehicles
$415 USD for 5-7 vehicles
The total fee for the complete package (detailed track file; map pack; e-booklet; consultations; plus a 3 percent PayPal surcharge) for 1-2 vehicles: $267.00 USD.
Start planning for H.o.W. now! Contact us using this site's contact form, and we'll help you get on your way.
'Trip of a lifetime!'
Time and again, those who've traveled Heart of the West find one phrase to describe the experience: "Trip of a lifetime!" And you don't need to be an enduro champion or veteran four-wheeler to enjoy it. You just need a good adventure motorcycle, 4x4 truck or sport-utility vehicle, the skills to travel in the backcountry safely, the ability to follow the GPS track we provide -- and a yearning to venture well off the beaten track.
We do the work. You live the dream!
Sure, you could spend a small fortune acquiring maps (USD$10 to $15 ea.), atlases (USD$25 ea.) and guidebooks (USD$20 ea.) ... lose hours mining the Internet for dubious information ... consume endless cell-phone time ... struggle for weeks to build a GPS track across an unfamiliar region ... and risk blowing your and your companions' precious vacation!
Or you could spend thousands of dollars to eat the dust of 20 other riders on one of those tours that follow the same treadworn routes as everyone else. (Does the image of a string of toddlers on a walk around the block come to mind?) We say ... Do it your way!
In just minutes, the benefits of our years spent researching the backcountry byways of the American West will be yours -- for as little as USD$199**! (Fee typically is divided among a group.)
Still undecided? Here's more!
Whether on four wheels or two, you will be immersed in the:
- Continental Divide;
- Rocky Mountains;
- Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem;
- Colorado Plateau; and
- Great Basin Desert.
Travelers find themselves on some of America's most historic backways as well. Among them:
- tracks of the Oregon Trail;
- the Pony Express and Overland Stage route;
- the Lincoln Highway; and
- the final segment of the world's first Transcontinental Railroad.
Other backcountry routes run east-west or north-south, and thus must omit a great deal. More important, they pose logistical difficulties, e.g., getting to the beginning and returning from the end. They require arranging a shuttle or return bike shipment; or enduring massive "slab" time on backtracking.
Heart of the West Adventure Route is efficient and convenient.
That's because it's comprised of a main, grand loop with optional interconnected loops. Begin and end anywhere that works for you. If you can't break free for the 15 or so days the full loop typically requires, travel it in segments, over time, at a pace that's right for you.
The loop is intersected by two interstate U.S. highways: north-south I-15 and east-west I-80. Connecting to I-70 -- a major access route to Utah's canyon country -- is convenient as well. So travelers from every point on the compass are saving precious vacation days with fast and direct access.
Major airlines serve cities at logical entry/exit points, e.g., Denver, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; even Idaho Falls, Idaho! Connections are available as well to Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Moab, Utah; and Grand Junction, Colorado.
Vehicle storage is often available at local airports and motels.
You can camp, stay in motels, or pause for a relaxing evening at a mountain lodge.
What adventure-motoring enthusiasts say
"... the greatest western U.S. adventure of all." ADVrider.com member
"In my opinion should go down as one of the great Overland Adventures in North America." Tragic Overlander
"Tony's constant attention to detail, updates, emails, and obvious true desire to insure the client has the experience of a lifetime is just tremendous." Sir Dave
"... the best route we've ever ridden, period. And we've ridden a few." Dockingpilot
"UN-FRIGGIN-BELIEVABLE RIDE!" slowpoke69
"For people who have one shot at it, this service is great." Pantah
"Any part of the route is fantastic. You will love it." johnpitts01
"I am very happy with the depth and quality of the resources as well as excellent input and customer service from byways, it will be hard to go back to my usual personal planning from scratch in the future." -- Somber
Send us a note today!
Visit ADVrider.com to read the growing list of ride reports and reviews from Heart of the West Adventure Route. Then contact us.
How to get H.o.W.
Acquiring a H.o.W. license and navigational data typically follows this process:
1. Connecting with us via the contact form on this blogsite's front page.
2. A telephone visit. This provides a chance to acquaint you with the H.o.W. experience further, and answer your questions.
3. We provide payment details.
4. Delivery via email of the H.o.W. track file.
5. Delivery, via USPS Priority Mail, of the optional map pack, if you choose to purchase it.
6. Adding you to the list of H.o.W. travelers who will receive exclusive news alerts or revised data that we sometimes send out during the travel season for which your license is acquired. These emailed alerts can involve updates on road conditions, closures, wildfires, new routing and more. If warranted, they also may include a revised or supplementary track that can be downloaded to your GPS device and added to the route.
Many wildland travelers can require post-purchase assistance. So our personal service doesn't end with providing the track file.
Supplementary services include:
- prompt and authoritative responses to your questions
- tailoring the route to your specific interests and needs*
- identifying and routing to the best start/end points*, and
- arranging accommodations and other logistical support.*
* Additional fee and at least 90 days advance notice required.
We are available for consultations, fee-based custom routing ($1,050 minimum) and supplementary logistical support. Just ask! Our goal, after all, is to help you have that "trip of a lifetime."
Still have questions? Send us a note using the "Contact" form in the sidebar.