After leaving the cozy town of Palisade known for the sweetest peaches in North America we headed southwest towards Gateway Colorado. With no expectations for the adventure ahead, just the open road and some great tunes flowing from the speakers of our overland rig, we made our way further into the West. Following the commands of the GPS we turned left onto highway 50 and a right onto State Highway 141.
Summer is here and that means… festival season! If there’s one thing Colorado and the surrounding states love, it’s a good summer festival. You can find festivals for anything your heart desires: music, mountain biking, yoga, paddling, fishing, road biking, running, hiking, climbing, food, wine, brews, all of the above… the list goes on. You name it and you can likely find a festival. There is no better time to rent an overlanding rig than attending a multi-day festival!
JEEP GLADIATOR CAMPER/OVERLANDING VEHICLEWith a name like Gladiator it’s no wonder why this new mid-size truck-designed-Jeep has got everyone talking. Handsome and burly just like all of its Jeep predecessors but with the added cargo space for hauling loads and upgraded towing capacity, this on and off the road monster will be the center of attention at all the meet-ups.
Overlanding has a long and storied history, sharing its roots with the growth and expansion of human civilization and, while humans have been “overlanding” since the beginning of their existence, today the term conjures much different images than it did long ago. But what exactly is overlanding? What about all the 4WDs cruising off-roads? Is that overlanding? Is there a difference between overlanding and off-roading? If you’re confused, you aren’t alone. While we explored overlanding in earlier posts, here we’ll dive a bit further into the difference between overlanding and off-roading.
Not the deepest of canyons in North America but one of the most dramatic, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of many hidden gems in Colorado. Standing at the canyon’s rim you’ll be awestruck by the beauty and grandeur the rock walls so proudly present. The uniqueness of the rock is nothing like you’ve seen before.
There are places that truly slow down time. It's not often you experience this feeling, but amongst the desert landscape surrounded by the red walls of Moab is where you can find this phenomenon. Known for its stunning views and endless outdoor activities, it's no wonder this travel destination in Utah is known as one of the adventure capitals of the world. Whatever you seek by traveling in this direction, you will find it in Moab.
Boasting camp spots as wild as the Colorado coyote’s howling in the distance, picturesque mountain vistas, and a remoteness you seek on your adventures off the beaten path, the Switzerland Trail offers unrivaled exploring opportunities. Winding about just beyond the city limits of Boulder lies what’s left of a historic narrow gauge railroad once operating during the big mining days of Colorado’s past.
Great Sand Dunes National ParkEver have 440,000 year old sand in your shoe? I bet not! When you’re amongst the Great Sand Dunes of Colorado you are suddenly transported to another planet. The sand dunes are the tallest in North America with some dunes towering over 700 feet high. These beautiful and unique dunes live among the surrounding Sangre de Cristo mountains and prairie lands of the south west.
I’M NO BACKCOUNTRY EXPERT, CAN I STILL OVERLAND?Yes! The biggest misconception for those that hear of “overlanding” is that they must be an expert to enjoy this type of adventure. This definitely is not the case! While there are certainly some routes or terrain that require experience and knowledge, there are also countless journeys and destinations suitable for travelers who are just getting their feet wet.
If you’re a fan of adventure travel, chances are you have heard the term “overlanding” thrown around with increasing frequency, including everything from pictures of dirt-crusted 4WDs in the middle of rocky desert landscapes to #vanlife. You’ve seen pictures of vehicles and tents illuminated by glowing lights against a backdrop of ten-billion star accomodations: the dark night sky of the great outdoors, completely unadulterated by city lights, the hazy swath of the Milky Way stretched across the sky. You want this experience. Is this overlanding? What is overlanding?
Just four short hours from Denver and one of the most picturesque drives across the state is an adventure location called Fruita. This treasured spot on the western border of Colorado offers all types of fun to be had. Known for its endless mountain bike trails for every level of rider, this playground in Colorado’s desert will leave you giddy with excitement for the days of adventure ahead. Want to take a break from the biking trails during the day?