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The adventure names in Blue are return of our old favorite adventures.

With the economic times as they are; We have chosen not to charge for the United States adventures. You are responsible for your own expenses for the adventures (food, fuel, lodging, permit fees and all related expenses). We do have a deposit fee of $100.oo to hold a spot for your vehicle, this is returned when you go on the adventure. If you do not show-up you forfeit the deposit! This deposit is to insure that you are serious about going. We do not want to wait for a person who dose not show-up.


All of the “Mexico Adventures” are on hold at this time do to safety concerns. When we feel it is safe to return we will resume the adventures into Mexico.


Reiterate -

We have made a reservation system to insure that you have a place. You need to send in the reservation form with a check for $100.oo. This is just to insure that you are serious about attending. I do not want to hold a slot for any vehicle and not have then show up. This could push another vehicle from attending then you not showing up. We do not want to wait for a person who dose not show up! If you do not show you will lose your deposit, no excursus!

You will find the dates of the adventures on the Calender Page.


California


Anza Borrego / Coyote Canyon - 1 Day
We will cover the lower section of this historic trail.  In Anza Borrego Desert Rated 3 ½

Big Bears Jamboree -

Summary: This is a moderate, exciting trip, with exceptional mountain and desert views. We travel the old mining district roads and logging roads. You have the option to camp-out or stay in a motel; (Motel is not included in the Adventure price). We have two fun filled days high in the clear mountain air.
Rated as 3 ½

Borrego Badlands Bash -

Summary: This is a camping trip in some of the most beautiful, desolate deserts on earth. We will cover natural bubbling mud pots, mud caves, unusual rock formations, and an historic route of travel. This is two days and one night of camping.
Rated as 2½

Bradshaw Trail / Graham Pass - 2 day *Camping
This is west of the Colorado River and East of the Salton Sea. We will visit some of Gen. George Patton’s historic training area from WWII. The area has many great rock hounding areas. We will be camping along the trail. Rated  2 ½

Death Valley / Panamint Mountains -

Summary: Here we will spend four days and three nights of camping and exploring the canyons of the Panamint Mountains, and then traveling into Death Valley. The history of the mining camps and the people's struggle to survive in such a hostile climate is all around us as we travel in the footsteps of the miners. We will see the beautiful desert with all of its geological history exposed through millions of years of time. Four days of true wonder.  Rated  2 ½

Death Valley / Funeral Mts. -

Summary: True western camping excitement as we live the history of the great Death Valley. Old ghost towns, historic
mining districts, Ubehebe Crater, Scotties Castle, old Indian writings, springs, and the millions of years of Mother Nature carving out the
lands. A true family adventure with a couple of nights. This is a camping adventure.
Rated as 2½

Death Valley / Stripped Butte / Goler Wash - 4 days Camping & National Park fees required. The history of the mining camps and the people's struggle to survive in such a hostile climate is all around us as we travel in the footsteps of the miners. We will see the beautiful desert with all of its geological history exposed through millions of years of time. Rated 3

Mojave Road - 3 days - *Camping
The old historic military road from the Colorado river west towards Baker. Camping along the trail. Rated 2 ½ dry to 3 ½ wet

Mid-Mojave / Cima Dome - 2 days -*Camping
Exploring old mining camps, Red Rock canyon, Burro Schmidt tunnel, and Last  Chance canyon. Rated 3 ½ *Camping

Truckhaven Triangle - 2 days - *Camping or *RV
This is a great area to practice desert driving techniques. West of the Salten Sea in Imperial county. Camping in the hills. Rated 3 ½

Yuha / Painted Gorge - 2 days - *Camping, *Lodging or *RV
You will explore the petrified oyster beds, very large ancient Indian designs (Yuha geoglyph) and some of the Juan Bautista de Anza historic trail. Discover the millions of years of geologic time in the rocks.  Rated 3

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Arizona


El Camino del Diablo - 3 days in southern Arizona. Camping. Permits & National Park fees required. Camping along the route Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Sonora Desert at it’s best. Rated 2 ½

Grand Canyon / Fire Point - 4 days Camping & National Park fees required. Camping
This is in the very remote high mountains along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We explore the remote hiking and vista points with fantastic views. Rated 2 ½

Grand Canyon North -

Summary: The North side of the canyon is an area that most people never see along the Arizona Strip. This is a wonderful, exciting adventure to the remote land almost forgotten. Stand just inches away from the edge of a precipice, with the Colorado River three thousand feet below. The trip includes three days of breath taking beauty and two nights of wonder are under the stars. We can possibly work in one night in a lodge if the group wants (this is extra).
Rated as 2½

Kingman / Bullhead - 3 days Camping - Mossback mine, Thumb butte, Chloride and Packmountain Mts. The El Dorado adventure trip. Rated - 3 ½

Mogollon Plateau / Rim - 3 days Camping in high mountain splendor in Apache-Sitgreaves National forest. Rated 2 to 2 ½

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Utah


Rocking Hole in the Rock -

Summary: A challenging camping adventure showing the courage and strength of the Mormon pioneers as they built a road into the wilderness to settle the 4-Corners area of the west. We will travel next to or over 100 miles of trail, and the 30-mile recreational section of the trail that is the most remote. You will get a true understanding of the hardships the pioneers experienced. We will stop at Indian ruins along the way. Camping out for three nights is required along the 4-day trail.
Rated as 4

Wonders of the Red Rock -

Summary: The five 4x4 adventures trips are each one-day long, so you can camp, RV, or stay in a motel in town. We will cover some of the famous trips such as Chicken Corners, Poison Spider Mesa, Hey Joe Canyon, Metal Masher, and Gold Bar Rim. These trips range from beautiful to exhilarating and we will even drive over a natural rock arch.
Rated as 2 to 4

San Rafael Swell and The Maze - 4 days Camping & National Park fees required. Camping in and sround remote Canyonlands N.P. West of the Green River and the San Rafael Swell. This is a very repote location and special requirements for this adventure, contact us for more information. Slot canyons and arches. Rated 3 ½

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Colorado


Silverton Dollar Jamboree and San Juan Alps

Summary: We will venture into the mining towns and camps of the past, at elevations of over 11,000 ft. Following the miner's trails, we will drive the famous Black Bear, Cinnamon, Imogene and Engineer Pass, Animas Forks, Stoney Pass, Gladstone and Red Mountain. Our adventures will take us to the rich gold and silver camps, just as the miners did. With the wild flowers as a colorful carpet and the deep blue Colorado sky provide beautiful scenery along the trail. The five exciting days are one-day adventures and you can camp, RV or stay in the comfort of a motel, great for the family.
Rated as 2½ dry and 3 wet.

Camp St. Elmo -

Summary: We will be able to drive to the top of 14,000 ft. Mount Anterio, visit the historic Tin Cup, Pitkin, Alpine Tunnel and Cumberland Pass. You can camp, RV or motel the three, one day adventures in the alpine setting. The trip would not be complete without a stop at "Frenchy's Cafe" in Tin Cup.
Rated as 2½ dry and 3 wet.

Leadville / Fairplay - 3 days, Camping, Lodging or RV
Explore the silver and gold towns which refused to become a ghost town. Climb the high mountain passes and travel into the past. You will have 3 individual 1 day trails. Rated 3 ½

 

Nevada

Hidden Death Valley / Goldfield - 4 days Camping & National Park fees required. Camping, Lodging or RV. North & West of Beatty, Nevada”s Old railroad grades, mining camps, boom to bust camps! The desert of the moon landscape. Rated 3

The Lost City - 2 days Camping & National Park fees required. Camping, Lake Mead and surrounding red rock area. Rated 3 ½

New Mexico

Palomas Gap - Caballo Lake - 2 days Camping at the lake.  4,000 feet to nearly 7,500 feet, the Caballo Lake / Palomas Gap Trail takes you through Apache Gap, and then around and up the east side of the Caballo Mountains. Rated 3

La Ventana - Camping or RV 1 day 6,500 feet to 7,800 feet, the trail traverses the western most edge of the Santa Fe National Forest and the Sierra Nacimientos.  Rated 3

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Baja California


We were the leader in the number of unique Mexico Adventures in the past. We have closed the door on Mexico for now. Until I feel it is safe for my clients I will not be doing any Mexico Adventures! With 20 different adventures some run many times during the year, I have dropped them for now.

4X4 Baja and Kayaking -

Summary: This is a exciting adventure in the remarkable most awesome desert of the Baja Peninsula. You can bring your own kayak or rentals are available, if you do not want to kayak you can fish, sun bathe, beach comb relax on the beaches. This is 7 day trip! Rated as a 2 ½ - 3. $749

4X4 Baja and Kayaking w/ Whales -

Summary: This is an exciting adventure in the extraordinary section of the Baja Peninsula. You can bring your own kayak or rentals (*) are available. You do not want to kayak you can ride in the pangas to see the whales, fish, sun bathe, beach comb, relax on the beaches.

(*) Contact the office prior to the adventure

Sierra Baja Jamboree -

Summary: A taste of Mexico as it really is, in its own splendor and beauty, from the coast to the mountains and the towns in between. You will travel some of the famous Baja 1,000 racecourse and stay at the famous "Mike's Sky Ranch".
Rated as 2½ $369

Baja Explorers Jamboree -

Summary: This unique six day adventure covers the northern end of Baja from gulf water to the Pacific Ocean. The desert, mountains, and Baja water, more splendid than you have ever imagined. Two nights in lodges and three of camping are included.
Rated as 2½ $749

San Felipe 4X4 Fiesta -

Summary: A four-day desert adventure that explores exciting San Felipe and the Sierra de Juarez mountains with palm filled canyons and hot springs. We will camp out each night under the stars. Rated as 2½ $429

El Marmol & Whales -

Summary: This inspiring six day adventure includes whale watching, rock art, old missions and exceptional beauty. This is the prettiest part of all of Baja. Three nights in lodges and two camping in remote areas, is required.
Rated as 2½ $829

Mission, El Marmol & Whales -

Summary: This seven day exhilarating adventure is similar to the six day, with a special side trip to Santa Maria Mission ruins. This part of Baja, with the landscape and plants, is especially beautiful. Four nights of lodging and two camping out in the wide outdoors.
Rated as a 3 $929

Missions of Baja Jamboree -

Summary: We will visit the sites if the early missions to breath taking missions. The obscure Baja missions as well as the famous missions in this unique 4-wheeling adventure. From the Jesuits, Franciscans to the Dominican Missionaries in 12 days. This is a camping and hotel adventure for the whole family. Rated a 3 1/2 $1,399

Baja Breezes and Beaches -

Summary: You will spend seven days cruising the Pacific coast of Baja in the cool summer breezes. Wonderful remote beaches in the unique splendor of Baja give you relaxing fun in the sun. This is a camping adventure with some hotels if you want at an additional charge.
Rated as a 2½ $699

Southern Fiesta Jamboree -

Summary: We sprint to 10 days in the warm sun and beaches in the southern Baja tip. We spend much of the time on the sunny beaches, shopping and having fun relaxing. We visit such exciting places as San Ignacio, Santa Rosalia, Mulege, La Paz, Cabo San Lucas and many more. We move north stopping and camping at the remote beaches along the way, with hotels every few days.
Rated as a 2½ $1,499

Expedition Baja -

Summary: An exceptional fourteen day adventure with lodges and camping. You will see all of Baja's beauty, romance, history and solitude. We cover our Baja N. & C. and Baja C. & S. adventures with even more spectacular towns, missions, beaches and bays. An unforgettable adventure of a lifetime, from the U.S. Border to Lands End, await you.
Rated as 3 $1,899

Treasures of Baja -

Summary: A ten day fantastic step back into the history of the Baja Indians with 4-wheeling & mule riding adventure of a lifetime! We will visit many Indian sites throughout Baja This adventure will spend 4 days in the San Francisco mountains accessed only by mules to see the #3 rated painted murals in the world. We will finish up with a stop at a last remaining Indian community. Rated as a 3 $1,399

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Old Mexico


Bahia Kino 4X4 Challenge -

Summary: This is a remote adventure into the Sonoran Desert of Northern Mexico. This is a challenging adventure and will test your driving skills - sailing across the desert sands. We will visit the Volcanos of Pinacate and follow the coastal Sea of Cortez into the heart of the desert. We will visit the Suri Indians who make the fantastic water tight woven baskets and Iron Wood carvings. This is an exciting 7 day camping adventure where we can add lodging available at an additional cost. This rated a 3 ½. $699 per vehicle, (meals and lodging are extra).

Mata Ortiz & Parqume -

Summary: This is a relatively easy adventure into the past, where time has stood still. The ruins of a time gone by are ours to savor as we go back a thousand years. We will explore the ruins at Parqume and the village from the past, with relics which have been excavated at this site. Travel to Mata Ortiz where the finest thin wall Mexican pottery is hand made. You will have a opportunity to get your hands into the clay for your own creation. We will travel to the “Valley of the Caves” and see a 12' tall Olla and other cave ruins. A fantastic Mainland Mexico adventure with all lodging and most meals included. A 5 day adventure Rated a 2. $749 for 1 or 2 people.

 

The Canyons of Copper Canyon -

Summary: This exceptional 12 day adventure "The Canyons of Copper Canyon" is a exciting adventure which includes the Train ride through some of the Barranca's (Canyons). We relax as the train climbs from near sea level to over 8,000'. You will feel the excitement as we disappear into a tunnel, over a bridge and back into another tunnel this is only a sample of the many bridges and tunnels along the way to Creel. We will return back to our vehicles and visit some additional remote canyons with their small Tarahamuara Indian villages. After this trip you will become one of the many clients to return back again and again as the wonders of Mexico get into your heart. Rated as 3 to 3 ½ this can change from year to year $2,095 for 1 person and $2,399 for 2 people. Additional people per vehicle are at additional cost.

Copper Canyon / Tarahumara Trek -

Summary: A 14 day one-of-a kind super adventure. At 1,400 ft. deeper and 2½ times the size of the Grand Canyon this is a World Class Adventure. The Sierra Madre mountains, the third highest waterfall in North America, and the Tarahumara Indians are only a small part of this super adventure. From the volcanoes to the valleys, we will see this area as few have seen it. We will camp out and use lodges along the way. This will be a very memorable experience of your lifetime.
Rated as 2 ½ to 3 ½ this can change from year to year $2,199

 

Copper Canyon (14 days - all Motels) -

Summary:  This is all Motels and no camping!! An exceptional 14 day super adventure. We explore the canyons of the Sierra Madre Mts. 14 Day Trip Rated 2½ - 3½ . The rating can change from year to year. Copper Canyon at 1,400 ft. deeper and 2½ times the size of the Grand Canyon this is a World Class Adventure. The Sierra Madre mountains hide the third highest waterfall in North America. The shy Tarahumara Indians are very important part of this super adventure. From the volcanoes to the valleys, we will see this area as few have seen it. We will see some awesome archeological sites along the way. We will use lodges along the way. This will be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. Seeing the real Barrancas “Copper Canyon” as it should be seen and experienced. This adventure misses none of the wonders that make this the most appealing adventures anywhere! This is very popular and is becoming more popular with Americans as it is discovered and the word spreads. You have not experienced life until you have traversed the Sierra Madre’s “Copper Canyon”!
The cost for 1 or 2 persons in one vehicle is $2,499.
Each additional person same vehicle, sharing the same room is $600 additional.
Each additional person same vehicle, NOT sharing the same room as the driver is $950 additional.
A additional couple same vehicle NOT sharing the same room as the driver is $1,250 additional.

Copper Canyon with the train (15 days - all Motels) -

Summary: This is all Motels and no camping!! One spectacular adventure with 2 days on the Chihuahua-Pacific Railroad also! We explore the canyons of the Sierra Madre Mts. of Mexico 15 Day Trip Rated 2½ - 3½.At 1,400 ft. deeper and 2½ times the size of the Grand Canyon this is a World Class Adventure. The Sierra Madre mountains hide the third highest waterfall in North America. The Tarahumara Indians are very important part of this super adventure. We will have a change in the middle of this 4X4 adventure as we get onboard the Chihuahua-Pacific railroad. From the volcanoes to the valleys, we will see this area as few have seen it. We will use lodges along the way. This will be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. It has taken me years to figure out how to do a trip to Copper Canyon without camping. To see the real Barrancas or “Copper Canyon” as it should be seen and experienced. This is harder then it seems to get from one point to another without needing to camp out, this is a very remote area. I have set this adventure so that you will not misses any of the wonders that make this the most appealing adventures anywhere! All lodging and some meals included. You have not experienced life until you have traversed the Sierra Madre’s “Copper Canyon”!
14 nights of lodging and 6 meals are included.
The cost for 1 or 2 persons in one vehicle is $2,699.
For each additional person same vehicle, sharing the same room is $695 additional.
Each additional person same vehicle, NOT sharing the same room is $995 additional.
Additional couple same vehicle NOT sharing the same room as the driver is $1,595 additional.

Copper Canyon (18 days - all Motels) -


Summary:  An 18 day exceptional 4X4 adventure. This is all Motels and NO camping!!  We do this adventure at a slower pace. Trip Rated 2½ - 3½ . This adventure is set to a slower pace then some of our other Copper Canyon adventures. Copper Canyon has many faces and we will get to know them.  Since this is a “World Class Adventure” we will take extra time to enjoy this experience. The shy Tarahumara Indians are very important part of this adventure you will be able to enter there world. We will visit some awesome archeological sites along the way. From the volcanoes to the valleys, you will see this area as few have seen it. This will be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime.  We will have many directions on this adventure,1,000+ year old Indian cultures, ancient and modern agriculture, scenic vistas, logging and lumber, 3,000 year old Indian culture, mining current and early, ranching from horseback to pick-ups, and towns of the old world to skyscrapers
The cost for 1 or 2 persons in one vehicle is $2,899
Each additional person same vehicle, sharing the same room is $600 additional.
Each additional person same vehicle, NOT sharing the same room as the driver is $1,350 additional.
A additional couple in the same vehicle NOT sharing the same room as the driver is $1,650 additional.

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Old Mexico and Baja California


Expedition de Mexico -

Summary: A complete 21-day expedition covering Copper Canyon on the mainland and all of Baja California, with the use of the ferry to cross the Gulf. This is a combination of our two 14-day Mexico adventuresThis includes some of the Copper Canyon adventure and Expidition Baja adventures. The mountains, vistas, bays, beaches, cactus and tranquility of Mexico are unforgettable, as well as the people one you can not forget as well as the people and their culture. You will be a true overland and sea explorer at the end of this Adventure. On this trip, there is a combination of camping and lodges. Rated as 2 ½ $3,299


For trail ratings see our "Trail Ratings" page.  To see the dates of the scheduled adventures see our Calendar .


Western Adventures of three days or more!
All Great Adventures have four ingredients,
Patience, Flexibility, Humor and Teamwork


Our experience with “Adventures” of more then three days. We see and recommend some items to make this an even more enjoyable experience.  The decision to do any of them is up to you.  We find them to work better and create a better situation if all will participate.  We want everyone to have a wonderful time and this to be one of your most wonderful experiences ever.

The length of the adventure can sometimes cause all of us to be tense and we all handle it differently. As humans we all can use a little space from the confined areas of the vehicle and our companions, on our longer adventures.

First; Move Around! An easy solution to keep from getting on each of our traveling companions nerves or into any disagreements. We suggest that after a day on the adventure the passenger switch to a different vehicle for part of the day while we are traveling. Do not worry, you will still be able to get together at all of our stops and talk on the C.B. Radio as we go along with your companion.  The advantage is you get to meet more people and make new friends. The evenings and the campfires will be more enjoyable because you have made new friends.

Second; We all must try and be flexible to any situation that may arise on the adventure to make this fun.  There are sometimes things which we cannot control.  If we had our choice we would do differently than the group as a whole. Western Adventures want to please everyone all of the time but this is not always possible.  We will try and be flexible to the wishes of the group as a whole and this can cause some to be disappointed that a decision the group made did not go the way you wanted it to.  The chances are that the next situation will probably be the way they will want it to go.

Third; We must try to patient with others and this can be frustrating at times. Remember we may frustrate the others with our personality, quirks or habits. Please try and be patient with others.

Forth; Try looking at things with a sense of humor.  This way you can sure help to relieve any stress building up. Laugh at situations not at people, except Frenchie.

Fifth; When we work as a team everything gets done faster and easier. As a group will be able to get going faster and we all have something that we can offer. “Lend a helping hand and you will get a hand”.

These are all very exciting and terrific adventures and we want you to have a wonderful time.  Each of us on the adventure is here with different expectations of what we want from it.  It could be, history, sights, culture, people, a get away or any number of other things.  We will try and accommodate you to the best of our ability to make this experience one you will always cherish. Ask Questions!

Please Note:

These are our most popular Adventures, but we do have others not listed. For other locations not listed above in the States and Mexico, contact us for any of your needs. See our Reservation Form to reserve your adventure. Rental vehicles are available as is camping equipment for those who need outfitting.

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