Saturday, July 19, 2014

'Heart of the West Adventure Route' upgraded for your 2015 odyssey!

FOR THE 2014 adventure-motoring season, our acclaimed Heart of the West Adventure Route (formerly Forever West Adventure Route) has been revised, updated and expandedIt's better than ever!

America's premier self-directed overland route now reaches deeper into the wilds of the Great Basin, one of the most remote and unpeopled regions in the Lower 48. There are longer and more remote stretches of the historic Oregon Trail. Multihued badlands have been added. And stretches of state and county roads that were becoming too darned civilized have been replaced with wildland roads. Yes!

Perhaps best of all: Our continuing explorations have led to a number of rewarding, field-tested options that let travelers shorten the full, 2,800-mile loop to accommodate limited itineraries. Now, whether you have a long weekend, a week or two full weeks, Heart of the West ADV Route can be tailor-madeDid you ever imagine adventure motoring could be this accessible?

2,800-mile (4,500 km) odyssey, Heart of the West Adventure Route immerses wildland travelers in the landscapes of six Western USA states:
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • Utah and
  • Wyoming.
Read on to learn more ... Then contact us today!
Six Western states!


"The trip of a lifetime!"

Those who've traveled our Heart of the West Adventure Route use one phrase to describe it: "Trip of a lifetime!" And you don't need to be an enduro champion, veteran off-roader or testosterone-charged twentysomething to enjoy it. You just need a good adventure motorcycle, 4x4 pickup truck or sport-utility vehicle, the skills to travel backcountry roads safely, the ability to follow the GPS track we provide -- and a yearning to venture way off the beaten track.

We do the work. You live the dream!

Sure, you could spend a small fortune on maps (USD$10 to $15 ea.), atlases (USD$20 ea.) and guidebooks (USD$20 ea.) ... lose hours mining the Internet for dubious information ... consume endless cell-phone time ... and 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 those coddled 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!

We provide a far more affordable way to do your adventure 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**!

Compare that to a $99 one-day lift ticket at Sun Valley ... $229 for one night's lodging in Yellowstone National Park ... $89 for a child's one-day ticket to Disney World ... Our ticket to your and your group's "trip of a lifetime" is good ... forever!

"The Best of the Wild West"

Focusing on the western USA's unpaved backroads, Heart of the West Adventure Route takes overland travelers through some of America's last-remaining, least-populated and most spectacular wildlands that remain motor-vehicle accessible. Whether on four wheels or two, you will be immersed in landscapes that the American West is famous for, including the:
Travelers find themselves on some of America's most historic backways. Among them:

For 2014, this non-technical off-highway adventure has been expanded deeper into the mountains of the Great Basin of Utah and Nevada. More backcountry campsites, fuel sources, mountain lodges and even alternate routes have been added.


It's convenient!

Other ADV 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 enduring massive "slab" time returning to the starting point. That wastes vacation days.

Heart of the West Adventure Route is efficient. That's because it's comprised of a main, grand loop with optional interconnected loops that accommodate shorter travel schedules. Begin and end anywhere that works for you. If you can't break free for the 14-15 days the full loop typically requires, just travel it in segments, over time, and at a pace that's right for you.

Furthermore ...

-- The loop is intersected by two interstate U.S. highways: north-south I-15 and east-west I-80. 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, Salt Lake City, even Idaho Falls, Idaho.

-- Vehicle storage is readily available at airports and motels.

You can easily shorten it up to fit your schedule, too (we can help!), and it will retain its allure as America's premier adventure route. In fact, we've done the work! Wow!

You can camp (in campgrounds, or in the bush "cowboy style"), stay in motels, or pause for a relaxing evening at a mountain lodge (some will even provide discounts).

What adventure-motoring enthusiasts say:

"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 


"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
Narrow suspension bridge over Green River in Utah
Utah's Swinging Bridge
Visit to read the growing list of ride reports and reviews from Heart of the West Adventure Route. Or just contact us directly to take advantage of the 20+ years we've spent chronicling the unpaved backroads of the American West in books, magazines, on radio and TV ... for people like you.

Get it now ... It's EASY!

THE DEAL: For as little as USD$199**, you will receive a detailed ".gpx" (GPS exchange) track file that you can download to your GPS unit. It will be accompanied by a memo explaining the file and the route. Send us a note today!

(*USD$199 for 1-2 vehicles; $299 for 3-4 vehicles; $399 for 5-7 vehicles; second license according to the same price scale thereafter.)

Wait! There's more ...

We recognize that many ADV travelers need post-purchase assistance. Our personal service doesn't end with e-mailing you the track file! Our 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 60 days advance notice required

We are available for consultations, and fee-based custom routing and logistical support. Just ask! Our goal, after all, is to help you have "the trip of a lifetime."

Still have questions? You'll find answers whenever you're ready, 24/7, right here.

Happy Trails!

P.S. If Heart of the West ADV Route isn't quite what you're looking for, select clients may wish to consider our personalized custom routing services.* Just ask!

dirt road leading into canyon
Continental Divide, Montana



Post denoting route of Oregon Trail


Anonymous said...

Hello Tony! Just found your site. When do you recommend doing Heart of the West? Trying to stay away from snow and tick season in the sagebrush.

Tony Huegel said...

Hello, back! Snow I know about. But I've never experienced ticks along HoW. September, especially the middle or latter part of the month, has consistently provided HoW travelers with the best conditions. Temps are cooler, the weather is more stable, and the quaking aspens and cottonwoods are turning color. June, July and August are typically hot and wet. Some road segments remain closed by regulation until July 1. In September, however, campers will find nights getting cold, especially in mountain valleys. But the mosquitoes are gone! So the ideal time to travel HoW is coming up fast. Are you ready?

DavidC said...

Tony, about how much of the route is unpaved?

Tony Huegel said...

A good question, DavidC!

Approximately 15 percent involves one form of paved road or another.

That's an improvement, for our explorations during the 2013 season replaced many miles of paved roads (previously used to make important connections) with long segments of fun, even historic wildland two-track trails.

We've identified many more miles of remote two-track roads for on-the-ground verification (as conditions permit) and likely inclusion in 2014. So stay tuned ...��