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  1. While planning out some future trip ideas I stumbled across some new trail research and trip planning resources in the region and nationally. Then I got to thinking about just consolidating everything into a single thread. So here we go! GAIA GPS www.gaiagps.com Gaia is one of many pretty popular offroad/overland/hiking-oriented GPS, mapping, and planning apps that are out there. It's pretty intuitive to use, and the shear number of mapping and data layers available to you are pretty dizzying. We recently held a crash course on Gaia, how to use it to plan your trip, and how to use the mobile companion app. Click here for the full recording of the webinar! TRAILS OFFROAD https://www.trailsoffroad.com I use Trails Offroad pretty heavily to research trails in the area. They're a fast growing startup, with hundreds of trails being added annually as their team maps them out. I like it because: GPX/KMX downloads GaiaGPS integration Nationwide capability, but highly focused on states where there is a lot of public land and opportunities to ride 2 Membership Levels Free - They have free, but limited selection of trails Premium Membership - Unlimited trail access for $25 annually The reviews are highly detailed, include photos, videos, and commentary on difficulty or technical/safety information The trail authors are required to run the trails annually to help keep things current There is a commentary section to allow for crowd-sourced trail updates New Scout Route feature added in 2022 FUNTREKS https://funtreks.com If you own a Well's book (and you should), you'll know all about these guys. 1st off, buy their book, it's top notch A lot of time and research goes into the accuracy of their trails and GPX files Website offers Free access (Premium paid access is available for more information) GPX file downloads Maps User Reviews Solid rating system and vehicle types Heavy focus on CA, AZ, UT, CO, AZ OFFROAD dot NET https://azoffroad.net I've been following this kid for about 5 years now and how he's built this site himself, from scratch. Free to use GPX/KMX downloads Arizona-focused Has a nice write up on this overlanding rig and overlanding trips The author is local (Litchfield Park) and has grown up running these trails. You can sense the passion behind his reviews and adventures The trail articles are highly detailed, but a little hard to digest You get a history lesson on a lot of the trails, and links to albums of photos It's a great resource for some trails that aren't necessarily "mainstream" Trails aren't updated as often as a big paid site like Trails Offroad - but it's a 20-something running the whole show. I'm thankful he's willing to share the intel Overland Trail Guides https://www.overlandtrailguides.com/ An excellent find by @shellback91 AZ Backcountry Explorers https://www.azbackroads.com I've used AZBCE a few times - they have a TON of routes mapped here in Arizona. Free Huge GPS map database GPX file downloads Great blog and articles on land use issues here in Arizona Not the most detailed resource in regards to what to expect on a given trail Website has some issues with dead links and bad RSS feeds RIDE BDR https://ridebdr.com Ride Backcountry Discovery Routes (Ride BDR) is heavily-focused on motorcycle/dual-sport bike riders who are in to overlanding on 2 wheels. Focused on long haul, cross-state drives on as much dirt as possible Focused on motorcycles, and the trails are optimized for that use case. 4x4 vehicles may not be able to pass on all of their routes I'd recommend looking at this as a starting point and then double checking the appropriate MVUM or resource for 4x4 useage Free GPS and Waypoint downloads Routes are well-planned in "segments" designed for 100-150 mile fuel tank ranges for these bikes Fuel stops Camping areas Hotels/towns Many of the route "segments" are rated and include options for more experience or beginner riders Heavy focus on the Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, and the New England area They're adding new information in California, Montana, and the Southeast Oregon has a separate trail system mapped by another third-party here. TRAIL DAMAGE https://traildamage.com/trails/ Trail Damage is basically just like Trails Offroad Monthly membership fee of $1 per month GPX downloads Highly detailed reviews Focused purely on Colorado and Utah State of Nevada OHV Source https://ohv.nv.gov/trails I talked a little more in detail about Nevada's resource for OHV trails here. Some additional resources worth a mention: https://azoffroading.com/arizona-trails/ https://www.alltrails.com/us/arizona/off-road-driving https://www.jeeptheusa.com/arizona-jeep-trails.html Native Land Digital So there you have it! A big list of great resources for discovering new routes and planning out future adventures! Do you have any news ones to add? Any favorites?
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