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FunTreks trails for Android devices

We are very excited to announce that FunTreks trails are now available on BackCountry Navigator!

Follow these directions to find the trail info you need.

1. Download BackCountry Navigator PRO from Google Play store.

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2. Use the top left menu to find "Purchase Addons" 

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3. Scroll through the list of maps or locate "FunTreks" maps using the top right drop down menu.

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4. Choose your book.

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5. Choose "BUY!"

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6. Start using the maps!

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Colorado Overland Trip

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Denver to Telluride over four days using one book, Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails.

Written by Todd Peterson.

 

 

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Red Cone - Radical Hill - North Fork Swan River

We wasted no time getting into our trip by tackling Red Cone. Whatever notions I had of this trip being epic were very quickly exceeded entering this difficult trail. Red Cone was very fun with a few nice switchbacks and rutted out sections with larger rocks to navigate. I hadn’t been trail riding for a very long time, so this first part was good for a refresher course of driving off road again. I did find myself not being aware of the altitude change driving in the trees until we got to the tree line. The overlooks and views above the tree line where simply breathtaking for me mainly because of the clear skies and favorable weather, but also because of my shortness of breath as I had to adjust to the altitude. I quickly had to learn about hydrating and taking it slow to cope with the high parts of Red Cone.

A little dose of reality set in as we got to the base of the steepest incline and drove past a rolled Land Cruiser that had trouble negotiating the ascent. Two hours after we started on the trail we reached the peak of Red Cone, 12,800 ft., and the view was even more spectacular. We came across some mountain goats as we made our way to Wise Mountain where we stopped for a bite of supper. I got some driving time on the way and learned how to navigate loose rock, steep descents, and some off camber sections. The Jeep was really capable and eased over all of it without much effort.

We had to hustle our way down into the trees to find a good place to camp for the night after supper because it was getting dark fast. It took about an hour total to drive to our spot and set up for our first night in the tent. I was really impressed with the gear. The OZ tent and cots were up in under 5 minutes. It was nice to lay flat and still after a long first day of motion. My body felt like I went a few rounds with a sparing paring partner.

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Mosquito Pass - Tincup Pass

Up at daybreak with a hot breakfast to warm up after a chilly night. We packed up and were on our way to the next trail. After a quick stop in Breckenridge for some supplies, we took main roads to the entrance of Mosquito pass. This nice moderate trail had some great spots to stop and explore old buildings and take in some expansive views. The day was sunny and absolutely perfect and after an hour and twenty minutes we reached the summit, 13,185 ft. I got some drive time on the way down to Leadville and learned more about trail etiquette with on-coming vehicles.

Headed to Buena Vista for lunch at a great restaurant, Eddyline, then Mt. Princeton Hot Springs to soak in the hot springs for an hour. This hit the spot to refresh after a long first day of the trip.

Stopped in at St. Elmo to sight see for a couple of minutes before starting Tincup Pass. We found a nice spot to camp about a half an hour up the pass and set up camp. It was a beautiful clearing where we gathered some wood for a fire and made supper. The night sky was clear and every star was out including several shooting ones. Simply stunning but brutally cold. We had some wildlife stroll through our camp on their way down to the river, a few very large elk, which was a bit unnerving at first.

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Tincup Pass - Continental Divide - Engineer Pass

We slept in and took our time eating breakfast and breaking camp for the rest of Tincup. After about an hour we arrived at the Continental Divide and got ready for the long, slow, rocky ride down to Mirror Lake. This stretch was very rough as we worked our way around the large loose rocks, but the reward of kayaking in Mirror Lake made it worth every minute. Our conversations by this time of the trip where deep and good. The ones that are much needed with a sibling after a long time apart.

For lunch, we stopped at the Nugget Cafe in Taylor Park and had some great food before making our way to the start of Engineer Pass. Getting to Engineer Pass was a great 3 hour trip on the main roads. It was smooth and fast, and we got to stretch the Jeep’s legs a bit. With a quick stop in Lake City for rest and hand warmers for our sleeping bags, we headed to Engineer pass. Along the way, we stopped by Whitmore Falls to get some pictures.

After wandering up Engineer Pass a bit we came across an ideal site to camp for our final night. The best spot of the trip. It was tucked in some tall trees right along the riverbank between some rapids and a 20 ft. waterfall. Picture perfect in my book. We set up camp, gathered a good amount of wood for a fire, made supper and enjoyed a good sunset. We expected it to be just as cold as the night before so we broke out the hand warmer packs and tossed them into our sleeping bags which helped us stay toasty warm.

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Engineer Pass - Black Bear Pass

Woke up early very refreshed after a great night. After breakfast and packing up we headed up to the summit of Engineer Pass, 12,800 ft., for some more spectacular views. It only took us about a half an hour because of how far we got on the pass the day before, so it was really quick. For the next 2 and a half hours we took the rest of the pass at a steady pace. I liked this pass because it had so many different types of trail along the way. We had tight one lane tracks and switchbacks, quick open trail sections, slow rutted out areas and decent inclines to navigate. A great build up to our last pass of the trip. The great Black Bear Pass.

This was icing on the cake for me. A wonderfully challenging course that gave me some good bits of adrenaline excitement. We didn’t get far into Black Bear before we were met with a Range Rover reversing course because they were either lost or not willing to finish it. Matt drove us up to the summit, 12,840 ft. so that I could get accustomed to its difficulties and challenges and then traded seats with me so I could finish out the pass going into Telluride. Probably the toughest thing I have done in a 4x4 to date. I really had to learn to trust the Jeep’s abilities on a different level. My hesitations were making it work much harder than it had to at first but after every steep, tight, precarious switchback I let it do more and more of the work and it seemed to come alive with each challenge.

We spent around 2 hours on Black Bear Pass, and when we pulled into Telluride, I felt like I want that pass to last another couple more hours. After eating lunch at Steamies headed for home. This was about a 6-hour trip where we could pass the time talking about family and the good things in life.

Final Thoughts

I wasn’t sure what to expect leading up to the trip. Would it be too hard, too easy, or somewhere in the middle? Was it going to be too long or too short of a time away? To my delight, though, this was simply a perfect trip. Great weather, great trails, great company and the perfect amount of time on trails. There was an easy pace to this adventure and lots of time to soak in the surroundings. The luxury of being able to pop into local cities and towns was really nice and didn’t make me feel like I was completely off the grid. Being able to camp in spots where there weren’t any others in the same proximity gave us great opportunities to feel like the space was our own and not be bothered.

This definitely was a bucket list trip for me, and I am so thankful to Matt and Funtreks for the experience.

What is your favorite trail?

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We are asked this quite often, and the answer isn’t simple. We have the unique experience of driving many trails ranging from easy to difficult, scenic to unattractive, deserts to high mountain passes. Some would speculate that famous trails like the “Rubicon” or “Black Bear Pass” will be at the top of the list. Quite the opposite happens. Take for instance this picture of Moss Wash Trail #82 from our Arizona Guidebook. The trail doesn’t match up to the excitement or views of a famous trail, however, while we drove this trail the experience was unique and memorable. The day started out hot and dry, then snow flurries to the point of zero visibility. Once the snow passed, it felt like a scene from a fantasy land. Very few, if any, will experience those conditions on that trail, but we loved this trail for it. So when we talk about favorite trails, know that, for us, the experience can outweigh the notoriety.

Trip Report 08-2016 Meeker, Colorado

Two days in Meeker Colorado
Rich history and beautiful scenery best describes the Wagon Wheel Trail system located outside the small town Meeker, Colorado. Established in 1883, the town is located in the White River Valley on Highway 13, just 42 miles north of Rifle and Interstate 70. We were attracted to the area because the town boasts access to over 250 miles of trails with 16 interconnecting loops covering all difficulty levels ranging from beginner to expert. The town is friendly and offers museums, shops, restaurants, hotels, and several campgrounds. For this trip, we choose to leave the RV at home and use a hotel, which turned out to be great. Meeker is proud to be an "OHV Friendly" community which means that you are allowed to ride OHVs within the town limits and on designated County Roads. We enjoyed the direct access to the trail system right from our hotel.

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Miller Creek Loop, scenic and easy, 60 miles round trip.
Starting from town, we used the "Connector Trail" to reach County Road 8, avoiding the State Highway. After 10 miles, we turned left on County Road 57, Miller Creek. There is a staging area on the right for those who would rather trailer to the start. Miller Creek starts as a wide, smooth dirt road and slowly narrows to one vehicle. We took a right on F.S. 214 which was the start of the real trail riding consisting of easy two-track and steep grades. Over the next 5 miles, we climbed 2,100 ft through the beautiful, wooded White River National Forest. On top we were rewarded with picturesque rolling hills covered in patches of old Aspen groves. This view continued on an easy hard-packed dirt trail for 15 more miles and we never got tired of it. As we finished the loop descending back to Miller Creek, we noted that the overall trail difficulty never went above easy; however we did encounter some muddy and steep places that might be intimidating for novice riders.
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Yellow Jacket, scenic and moderate, 58 miles round trip.
Starting from town, again we used the "Connector Trail" to reach County Road 15, avoiding the State Highway. We reached the staging area just before Yellow Jacket Pass. From here, we used easy F.S. 250 to reach the start of the southern half of the loop. The trail quickly narrows and is not recommended for large UTVs. Thick brush concealed downed logs which can catch you off guard if you aren't paying attention.  We were surprised by a few of them. Once you reached the valley floor, the trail opens up and the views increase. After crossing Stove Gulch, we stopped at an overlook to take in the views. We joined major F.S. 250 and headed back to the start of the trail. We took a more difficult route back on F.S. 251 that would take us by Aldrich Lakes. This section of the trail was high end moderate with narrow steep descents and large rocks. Once we reached the Aldrich Lakes, we had an easy time getting back to the start using County road 15 to cross Yellow Jacket Pass. Before heading back though, we stopped at the Mill Creek Battle Site Memorial to understand some of the rich history the area offers.
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Overall, we enjoyed the trails in the Wagon Wheel Trail System and want to come back to explore more of the area. The trails do not offer the high mountain passes like Silverton or Taylor Park, but the area does have a draw with a less busy, quieter feel and unique scenery. The town of Meeker provides many resources to help plan your trip. Visit http://www.wagonwheeltrails.org/home for more information.
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New eBook announcement

FunTreks has a brand new treat for you this October: FunTreks Presents, five eBooks of our most famous 4x4 guidebooks.

We have taken our trusted trail info and made it available for your tablet and smartphone. The eBooks have the same content as our printed guidebooks. Find your trail quickly by tapping it in the table of contents. Finally, no more misplacing that awesome trail book!

You can download these titles from the following eBook retailers: Amazon and Apple.
Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails 3rd Edition
Guide to Northern Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails 3rd Edition
Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails 2nd Edition
Guide to Moab, UT Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails 3rd Edition
Guide to California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

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Trip Report 09-2016 Mt. Antero, CO

Mt. Antero, Pomeroy Lakes, Area 3 in southern Colorado. 
A cousin came to Colorado to visit Matt H. (our high-spirited Manager at FunTreks) wanting to explore some mountains. Well, working for FunTreks has its benefits with vehicles and resources. Matt put a  trip together with ease and left early Saturday morning from Colorado Springs. Mt. Antero is an incredibly high drive to near top of 14,000-ft. peak. After driving Mt. Antero they stopped for a quick dip in the hot springs then set up camp on Tincup Pass near the St. Elmo ghost town. Day 2 was a trip up Pomeroy Lakes with old building structures, mines and beautiful high lakes. It was a great short trip packed with fun and we recommend it for a quick weekend camping trip. Rating is on the high end of Moderate. Our 4-door Rubicon with 33 inch tires made the trip without any trouble.
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App Update 9/18/16

FunTreks app update 9/18/16

Version 1.2.1

We update the app as often as possible to make it better. This update includes the following...

• Added "Follow-with-Heading" tracking mode. This mode keeps your location centered on the screen and rotates the map to match your heading. Select "Follow-with-Heading" mode by cycling the arrow button on the map screen.• The app can now be installed on all compatible iPhone and iPad devices (including non-cellular devices). NOTE: For non-cellular devices, some location services and/or map imagery will only be available with an internet connection. You must use a Bluetooth GPS Receiver to utilize while offline.

• The app can now be installed on all compatible iPhone and iPad devices (including non-cellular devices). NOTE: For non-cellular devices, some location services and/or map imagery will only be available with an internet connection. You must use a Bluetooth GPS Receiver to utilize while offline.

• Removed the 200MB memory limitation for downloading offline maps. The download limit is now determined by device free space.

 

Update: Arizona, Coke Ovens closed.

Update: Arizona, Coke Ovens closed

Off-road trails can lead to some amazing historical sites, but more and more we are seeing that those places are closing to the public due to misuse. In Arizona, the Coke Ovens are going through some major changes these days due to vandalism.

We first visited the site in 2001 and were amazed at how well preserved they were. We knew that they were on private land but hadn’t noticed any signage indicating they were off limits. As a guidebook publisher, we know better than to publish a trail based on what we see on the trail, so we did our homework and came back with more questions than answers.

In a situation like this where there is a well-known trail that crosses private land, FunTreks will state exactly what we discover. We printed that it was located on private land and while we did not then encounter any signs or gates, we noted it could close in the future.

Update: Arizona, Coke Ovens closed

Recently, I was contacted by the concerned owner of the land.  He purchases these types of property in order to preserve and restore their history.  He wanted to inform me of what he was being forced to do from the amount of vandalism the Coke Ovens have received. He has been putting up gates and signs for years, only to come back and see them torn down. People have been camping in the Coke Ovens and removing pieces of the walls to build fire pits. The structure next to the ovens, where he lives temporarily, has been looted and picked apart and used as firewood.

Update: Arizona, Coke Ovens closed

As he informed me of the situation, I sympathized with him. As recreationists, we have a duty to preserve places like this for the next person to enjoy. This means that if we come across something that is a part of history, we need to not touch or remove anything - especially if it is on private land. And if there is a sign, fence, gate or indication that we shouldn’t continue, we need to respect the rights of the owner. In this case, all the owner wants to do is to preserve history. Can you really argue with that?

Update: Arizona, Coke Ovens closed

Many who read this are already respecting the signs and gates they encounter, but we need to speak up to those who take a “keep out” sign as a challenge to continue.  We aren't sure at what point the public was banned, but you cannot get near the Coke Ovens or complete the loop we describe in our books. The trail is now in and out. There is a permanent caretaker on site and police are using their resources to ticket trespassers who dare to tear the gates down and attempt to go near the coke ovens. FunTreks is not able to know every change to a trail unless you the adventurers inform us. Please continue to inform us of any trail updates.
 
Please continue to educate those around you on trail etiquette so that these types of situations stop occurring.

FunTreks will continue to publish the best guide books available to give you the best off-road experience possible, with full regards to leaving a legacy for future generations to enjoy as well.
 
Coke Ovens
BLM Gila District, Tucson Field Office. (520) 258-7200
Start of the trail:  N33 08.980  W111 12.080
Rated: Moderate, rocky and steep in places.
Time and Distance: 3 hours.
 
Updated 01/10/2016, Matt Peterson is co-author of “Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails,” published by FunTreks Guidebooks, Inc., Monument, CO.

 

App Update 7/19/16

Last week we temporarily removed our app from the app store to fix an unexpected problem with offline map tiles. Although it took several days, we corrected the problem and the app is now for sale again. Customers who already bought the app will be getting an update.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. As always, we are just a phone call away if you have any questions or concerns. Don’t hesitate to call our toll-free number at 877-222-7623 during business hours. We appreciate your patience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FunTreks debuts a new mobile app.

Record sales have proven to us how much you love our books. Now we have just the thing to make them perfect—a supporting app with GPS tracklogs and waypoints available for your iPhone and cellular iPad. It’s the easiest, most intuitive tool you’ll ever use (except for our books, of course).

Imagine having every trail in our guidebooks, over 600 in all, ready to go when you are. You’ll never get lost again as you see yourself move along the exact routes shown in our books. Make a wrong turn and you know immediately. What’s more, the app gives you turn-by- turn directions to the start of every trail.

Other apps may promise thousands of places to go, but all you really get is lots of maps that leave you guessing as to what’s out there. What makes FunTreks different is that we drive every trail first hand. Your recreation time is precious; don’t waste it making wrong turns or getting on a boring trail. With this app, now you can literally follow us to fun.

 

FunTreks app 4x4 Trails

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