By itself, H.o.W. has always been an adaptable, GPS-guided 2,800-mile odyssey along backcountry roads that loop through some of the American West's most iconic landscapes. But over the last few seasons, we've developed optional and included routing that today extend H.o.W.'s reach far beyond its original six states.
The result: For the 2017 season Heart of the West Adventure Route (in the photo above) debuts as a convenient "roundabout" that links its original network of loops 'n routes with:
- new included routing;
- supplementary optional routing to Northern and Southern California; and
- the multistate Backcountry Discovery Routes.
Have a look ...
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!
|Heart of the West Adventure Route roundabout|
1. A spectacular 200-mile (322 km) Nevada extension -- included as part of H.o.W. -- that links H.o.W. to the Idaho and Nevada Backcountry Discovery Routes.
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. (Free.)
|H.o.W.'s IDBDR/NVBDR connector|
|Northern California connector|
What's more, when combined, these two connectors link with ...
|Southern California connector|
Typically an eight-day east-west journey that can be taken in either direction, S2S uses our accurate GPS-guided routing to immerse travelers in:
|Sierra to the Sea/Sea to Sierra (S2S)|
- the northern Sierra's rugged and historic Mother Lode country;
- the southern reaches of the Cascade Range's snow-capped volcanoes;
- the woodlands and grasslands of the Coast Ranges; and
- the largest coastal wildland in the Lower 48. (Priced separately: $129/1-2 vehs; $199/3-4 vehs.)
This option includes:
- Mojave National Preserve;
- Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument;
- the new Gold Butte National Monument; and
- Utah's canyon country, including Moab.
Heart of the West Adventure Route has always intersected and shared some roads with the American Cycling Association's Mexico-to-Canada Great Divide Route. Recent changes to the famous Trans-America Trail (not one of our routes) make it easy to link H.o.W. with the TAT as well.
Woven together, these supplementary routes makes it easy to assemble an extended overland journey tailored to your vision.
An American odyssey
Heart of the West Adventure Route will continue to immerse adventure travelers in the backcountry of six states in the American West:
- Utah, and
Heart of the West today extends deeper into the wilds of the Great Basin, one of the most remote regions in the Lower 48.
|Heart of the West Adventure Route|
Lonely two-tracks reach deeper into multi-hued badlands. And stretches of state and county roads have been replaced with alluring wildland backways that highway travelers miss.
The complete, licensed H.o.W. package includes:
- one Heart of the West Adventure Route Map Pack (with H.o.W. stickers!), including shipping to addresses in the continental USA ($50 for each additional map pack; shipping outside CONUSA may require a shipping charge);
- our detailed, comprehensive plug-and-play GPS track file;
- an e-booklet (printable and available 24/7) explaining the route;
- individualized advice and consultations;
- re-routing as you travel when conditions warrant; and ...
- convenient links to the Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah 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 whether you have a long weekend, a week or two full weeks, Heart of the West ADV Route can easily be tailored to fit your needs.
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.)
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 ...
The H.o.W. personal-use license fees
The fee schedule for personal use of the proprietary, non-transferable H.o.W. track file is:
$199 USD for 1-2 vehicles
$319 USD for 3-4 vehicles
$415 USD for 5-7 vehicles
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 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 "Golden Spike" branch of the Transcontinental Railroad, the world's first.
Heart of the West Adventure Route is far more efficient.
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, Salt Lake City, even Idaho Falls, Idaho!
Vehicle storage is often available at local airports and motels.
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
"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
H.o.W. Map Pack
The H.o.W. map pack (not available separately) includes SIX detailed, folded, statewide (ID, CO, MT, NV, UT, WY) topographic travel-and-recreation maps. H.o.W.'s tracks are individually highlighted in color and numbered to sync with the GPS file -- including connections to the Colorado, Utah and Backcountry Discovery Routes.
Depicting road surfaces, 4WD roads, campgrounds and landscape contours, these maps are important companions to GPS-guided travel, providing a "big-picture" yet surprisingly detailed perspective.
The maps are contained in a durable, translucent vinyl pouch, sealable against the elements with a roll-top hook-and-loop closure. Also included in your package: enough Heart of the West ADV Route stickers for each vehicle in your travel group. Wow!
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.
We recognize that many ADV travelers need post-purchase assistance. 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 ($750 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.