Journey West is planning an overland route through the backcountry of Prescott, Coconino, Kaibab, and Tonto national forests. We call it The Heart of Arizona.
The route is almost entirely made up of dirt and gravel roads, letting you take a voyage through areas even native Arizonans have probably never experienced.
A high-clearance 4x4 vehicle is recommended for this journey. Note that many of the northern roads are closed in the winter, so be sure to check for updates before heading out.
Many are interested in overlanding Arizona's beautiful landscapes, but there aren't many well-documented overlanding routes available. Besides the Great Western Trail and the AZ BDR (which are both very similar), there aren't many other well-known overlanding routes in Arizona.
We created the Heart of Arizona specifically for those who want a true overlanding experience while trying to juggle work and family. You can do the Heart of Arizona in three remarkable days, making it an accessible option for whose who might otherwise have trouble getting out there.
Over the course of this overland journey, you'll experience deserts, mountains, forests, volcanoes, canyons, small towns, lakes, and some of the state's most loved scenic drives. Our goal with this route is to highlight the tremendous variety and beauty to be found in the heart of Arizona.
On Memorial Day weekend (May 26-28) of 2018, we'll be taking the first full expedition through the entire Heart of Arizona route, double-checking the course to make sure all the roads are open and passable, as well as recording travel times between waypoints.
If you'd like join us, or just want to learn more about the route, sign up here for details, updates, and GPS data.