Off-Road Safety Academy invites you to explore the remote backcountry with like-minded vehicle-supported adventurers.
Venture into new backcountry regions with someone that completely knows the region - the history, geology, biology, and most scenic trails perfect for your vehicle. For your comfort and safety, travel with a Wilderness First Aid Instructor that has both a robust first aid kit, but also an Automated External Defibrillator. Someone that can assist you when your vehicle breaks down. A tour guide that has satellite communicators and knows the right contacts should a problem occur when remote in the backcountry. Someone who is willing to share those contacts with you should you wish to return to the region.
You may purchase and reserve your spot for the tours listed below. Click the RED button below to take you to TicketLeap.
Once maximum vehicles have paid (12 vehicles max for tours in the USA; 10 vehicles for Baja), a waiting list begins. Email or call to be placed on the waitlist.
Come along and see new sights, camp in new locations, meet new friends, learn how to off-road safely, and relax. Each tour includes unique evening campfire discussions on such topics as overlanding navigation, water disinfection, satellite communications, backcountry survival, and various 4WD driving topics.
Off-Road Safety Academy is a permitted BLM and National Park Outfitter and Guide.
Below is the 2023 Adventure Tour schedule exclusively for owners of 4WD vehicles and trucks.
Off-Road Safety Academy’s 2023 4WD Backcountry Adventure Tours are open to anyone with a 4WD vehicle. All tours are "overlanding-style,” meaning we camp at a different location each night and you must be self-reliant with food, shelter, water, toilet, etc. Short and long wheelbase 4WD vehicles are invited (Jeeps, Land Rovers, 4Runners, all trucks, trucks with small campers, toppers, etc.).
Prior to signing up for the tours, carefully read the Terms & Conditions associated with these tours.
Last year, all tours sold out in about 2-days, with the Baja Mexico Tour selling out in about 30 minutes after announcement. Act quickly to assure your spot.
Cost for each tour is PER VEHICLE (not per person). You may bring as many people along on a tour as you have legal seatbelts.
Benefit Tour for 2023
Westward Ho! Applegate/Lassen Trail – Black Rock Desert Adventure
September 29 to October 1
I’m adding this backcountry adventure tour to benefit the non-profit Friends of Black Rock High Rock (FBRHR). The proceeds from this tour will go directly to this wonderful organization. As usual, I’ll be handling the route and 4WD expertise and needed training. But here’s the real kicker…
This historic tour of the area will include two special guests that will be providing added value with their in-depth knowledge of the region. Both will add valuable and fun details during the tour, plus you can sit around the campfire to socialize and ask them anything about the region.
Stacey Wittek – Executive Director of Friends of Black Rock High Rock
On our Tour along the Applegate- Lassen Emigrant trail, Stacey will guide us through a few of the historical events and stories of peoples and place from the Pleistocene and onto modern times. Throughout the tour both Jeff and Stacey will highlight the biology, geology, and geothermal features of the Black Rock National Conservation Area. You can learn more about FBRHR and Stacey by clicking HERE.
Jeff Rosenfeld – Founder, Wildwood Open Lands Foundation
On the Westward Ho! Tour Jeff will provide material trail support to the team. In the evening Jeff will lead a nocturnal animals presentation followed by a scorpion walk. If the skies are clear a discussion of this designated dark skies region beneath a very full moon. You can learn more about the Foundation and Jeff by clicking HERE.
The Applegate-Lassen Trail is a 130-mile-long portion of the larger California/Oregon Trails. Our route travels through the Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada, ending near California. This three-day/three-night tour follows a portion of the famous historic trail and is an introduction to the larger Black Rock Desert area. This tour visits the Black Rock Playa (location of Burning Man event), Soldier Meadows, various hot springs, and High Rock Canyon entrance. This is a 4WD overlanding style tour - you must be self-sufficient as a camper. There are a few vehicle requirements. COST: $550 per vehicle.
Fall Camp on Baja Beaches Adventure
Introduction to Baja Mexico
This seven-night, eight-day Tour begins in Calexico, California and ends in Tecate, Mexico. The tour will follow a fairly easy route (some off-roading) through exceptionally scenic landscapes. You will visit San Felipe, Bahia San Luis Gonzaga, and Bahia de los Angeles on the Sea of Cortez side. The tour then crosses the peninsula to Hwy 1 and travels through Catavina, Punta Banda, and Ensenada. Camping during this tour is mostly on remote beaches. Most camping fees are included in the tour. Each tour participant will need to secure and pay for Mexican Vehicle Insurance through Baja Bound and secure a Mexican Tourist Card. YOU WILL NEED A VALID PASSPORT OR PASSPORT CARD TO JOIN THIS TOUR. NOTE: If your passport document is set to expire in 180 days or less from the time you apply for a Mexican Tourist Card, you will NOT be able to secure that card and be a part of the tour. Off-Road Safety Academy walks you through the entire process of securing Mexican Auto Insurance and your Tourist Card. If you’ve never crossed an international border while overlanding, this is the tour for you. We make it easy and teach you all the important particulars of international border crossings. Cost: $1400.00 per vehicle.
READ CAREFULLY PRIOR TO TOUR PURCHASE
Cancellation Policy. FULL refunds (TicketLeap credit card fees and tour fee) for ALL tours are only possible up to 60-days AFTER TOUR PURCHASE. Partial refunds (tour fee minus TicketLeap credit card fees) are possible 60-days prior to the first day of the tour. No refunds are possible after this 60-day cutoff date unless there is a person on the waitlist to take your spot.
Vehicle Requirements. All vehicles must have 4-Lo gearing capability, reasonable ground clearance, seat belts for all passengers, plus front and rear frame-mounted recovery points. A trailer hitch in the rear can serve as a frame-mounted recovery point. You must have a full-size spare tire the SAME size as the four tires on the vehicle – no “donut” spares allowed. On this tour, you must NOT use a hitch-mounted tow ball, cargo "basket," spare tire mount, or bicycle rack on the rear of your truck. You must not have anything attached to your rear truck trailer hitch. Also: IF YOU HAVE A CAMPER ON YOUR TRUCK, DO NOT COME WITH CAMPER RISERS ON FOUR CORNERS.
Vehicle Self-Assessment. It is the sole responsibility of each participant to make sure his or her vehicle is in TOP mechanical condition. “Top condition” means mechanically sound to the manufacturer’s specification, plus, no fluid leaks, dangling wires/cables, bad tires, or repetitive squeaks while moving. Be courteous to others on the tour – do not come with a vehicle that is not in TOP condition. If you are in doubt that your vehicle is not in top condition, then it probably isn’t. You will NOT be allowed on the tour with a vehicle that shows signs of poor maintenance.
Remote Backcountry Vehicle Breakdowns. With appropriate considerations for the entire group, Off-Road Safety Academy may assist with the repair and/or towing of a broken-down vehicle. However, professional towing of a disabled vehicle may be needed. Most towing insurance is not applicable when off-road (AAA, roadside assistance, etc.). If you breakdown in the backcountry, it may be necessary to organize special off-road towing of your vehicle. Often times professional off-road specific towing is very expensive and requires the use of a credit card to begin extraction. These expenses will be the sole responsibility of the tour participant whose vehicle is disabled. Off-Road Safety Academy will be able to communicate with these services in the backcountry. If your vehicle becomes disabled in the backcountry, be prepared to be left behind as you wait for an off-road tow truck to arrive. The tour must go on, but no tour participant will be left behind in an unsafe manner.
Self-Reliance. Each outing is an overlanding-style tour. This means camping at different locations each night and each vehicle being completely self-reliant (food, water, fuel, vehicle in superb working order, sleeping accommodations, human waste, etc.). If you do not have a camper toilet, you will need to bring a PETT-style toilet and disposable bags. We must haul out our trash and solid body waste.
Extra Fuel. Participants will need at least 3-5 gallons of extra fuel (unless you have a 400 plus-mile fuel cell/tank). This fuel must be stored in compliant and legal containers and stored outside the vehicle. There are NO exceptions to this requirement.
Environmental Sensitivity. Please use biodegradable dish/hand cleaning liquids while in the backcountry (Dr. Bonners or Ms. Meyers). At most camping sites you must not discharge wastewater on the ground – shower, kitchen, cooking, or washing water.
Changes in the Trip’s Itinerary: Off-Road Safety Academy’s tours are conducted in the natural environment. As such, tours are subject to bad weather; trail washouts, and other unforeseen conditions. To the best of the tour leader’s ability, all tours will be conducted as advertised. However, unforeseen conditions may cause the tour to be modified based on trip safety. Each tour participant must come with a flexible and self-reliant attitude and ability. Group safety will always come before the objective of reaching the advertised destinations.
Medical Self-Assessment and SAR Expenses. Off-roading and overlanding have inherent risks. Included are the risks of an illness or injury in a remote location. All tours will be conducted within a location that is remote by both distance and time to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and local hospitals. Off-Road Safety Academy does not require pre-tour medical screening to join the organized outing. By enrolling in the tour, you are certifying that you are medically capable of participating. Should you experience an unfortunate medical condition during the tour, requiring emergency extraction from the backcountry, participants will be responsible for any/all Search And Rescue (SAR) or helicopter expenses. NOTE: The tour leader is a Wilderness First Aid Instructor with an AED and well-supplied wilderness first aid kit. Most illnesses and injuries can be handled on site.
Pet Policy. Pets are welcome on the tours (EXCEPT the Baja Tour), but owners must adhere to National Park and BLM regulations. Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. Pets may never be left unattended. Pet excrement must be collected and disposed of in garbage receptacles. Pets may not enter government buildings or backcountry dwellings.
Children Passengers. Well behaved, school-age children are always welcome on the Tours.
Driver Requirements. Each driver must be a licensed driver with proper vehicle insurance. All state and local driving laws apply while off-road on this tour. Drivers must adhere to these regulations.
Paper Work. Each tour participant must complete and sign a registration form that includes emergency contact information and tour guidelines and notes. Each tour participant must complete and sign Off-Road Safety Academy’s Liability Release and Assumption of Risk form.
Car-To-Car Communications. The tour leader will provide you with a handheld Rugged Radio for use in your vehicle during the tour. Via radio, the leader will provide historical, biological, geological and 4WD information and tips while we drive.
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