Heart of Arizona Update

We've set the date for the first official expedition of the Heart of Arizona Route

Keywords: Arizona scenic drives, Arizona off-road trails, Arizona overlanding, Arizona off-roading, Heart of Arizona route, Coconino National Forest, Tonto National Forest, Prescott National Forest, Kaibab National Forest

The Heart of Arizona Route is a spectacular 3-day drive through some of the state's most remarkable landscapes. We're mapping out the perfect road trip route through Prescott, Coconino, Kaibab, and Tonto national forests, which together make up the Heart of Arizona.

The route will be a mix of highways and off-road routes, letting you take a voyage through areas that many people have never experienced—and that you might not even have known existed!

We'd originally planned to do the route in March, but we've postponed due to the likelihood of road closures due to snow on the northern part of the route. So, we're aiming for Memorial Day weekend, May 26 to 28, 2018 for a full run of the Heart of Arizona route.

(For logistical reasons, this will most likely be a self-paced trip for anyone who wants to join, rather than caravan style. We'll provide more details as the time gets nearer.)

You might notice this is the weekend after Overland Expo West. We thought about combining the events, but it would involve more time off work for everyone participating, so we decided to keep them separate.

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We're also looking for prerunner reports! If you're available to test any sections of the route and let us know your findings, we'd very much appreciate it.

James from Journey West

James from Journey West

James grew up in a family prone to extended camping and epic cross-country road trips. He's now enjoying exploring and documenting the Arizona backcountry in a 2008 V8 4Runner. He's currently planning and pre-running the Heart of Arizona overland loop. You can reach him at journeywestco@gmail.com