These Adventure Tours are for those with street-legal short wheelbase 4WD vehicles - Jeeps, Land Rovers, Toyotas, Broncos, Etc. Long wheelbase 3/4 and 1 ton trucks are not recommended, or trucks of all sizes with campers on the back.
The trails we navigate on these tours are more challenging than my tours for trucks hauling campers. You should not join this tour if you have a Four Wheel Camper on your truck. Two types of tours may be offered:
1. Basecamp Adventure Tours
2. Overland Adventure Tours
Basecamp Adventure Tours return to the same campsite or RV park each night after a day of off-roading.
Overlanding Tours journey to different campsites each night.
Most stock short wheelbase vehicles will do well on these tours. Front and rear frame-mounted recovery points, a small suspension lift, larger than stock tires, and rock rails or sliders are a real advantage on these tours.
Come along and see new sights, camp in new locations, meet new friends, and learn how to off-road safely. 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 2022 Basecamp and Overland Short Wheelbase Adventure Tour schedule. More tours may be added as the year progresses.
Prior to signing up for the tours, carefully read the Terms & Conditions associated with these tours.
Cost for each tour is $520.00 PER VEHICLE (not per person). You may bring as many people along on a tour as you have legal seatbelts.
You may purchase and reserve your spot NOW for the tours listed below. Click the button below to take you to TicketLeap.
ONLY 12 VEHICLES CAN GO ON THESE TOURS. Once maximum vehicles have paid, a waiting list will be formed.
Death Valley Miner's Cabin Tour
Three days of exploring the largest National Park in the lower 48 States. Over 80-percent of this beautiful park can’t be seen from the pavement – you have to venture off-road. We will visit several old miner's cabins (shhhh... secret locations), challenge our vehicles on some of the park's more narrower and rocky trails, and travel to some of the park's iconic locations. The basecamp for this tour will either be Panamint Springs Resort or Stovepipe Wells.
Cost $520.00 per vehicle.
Camp On Baja Beaches - December Mexico Adventure Tour
This seven-night 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: $1300.00 per vehicle.
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Cancellation Policy - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. 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 – 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 vehicle. You must not have anything attached to your rear truck trailer hitch.
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.
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.
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.
Pet Policy. Pets are welcome on the tours, 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. It is highly recommended that tour participants complete Bob's Discovery Course - Intro 4X4 Off-Roading.
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.
READ CAREFULLY PRIOR TO TOUR PURCHASE Cancellation Policy - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. 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 to
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