Backcountry Adventure Series Books


Backcountry Adventure Series

The Backcountry Adventure Series (by Peter Massey and Jeanne Wilson) is an amazing compilation of backcountry roads & jeep trails for California, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. They include detailed maps, history, turn-by-turn waypoints with GPS coordinates, a trail ratings, and beautiful colorful photographs. I just can't say enough about these fantastic books!

Backcountry Adventure Series - ArizonaBackcountry Adventure Series - Northern CaliforniaBackcountry Adventure Series - Southern CaliforniaBackcountry Adventure Series - ColoradoBackcountry Adventure Series - Utah

As of 2012, several of the these books are out of print. The Backcountry Adventure Series seems to be replaced by the new Trails series, which also includes a new Nevada Trails - Western Region book.

Arizona Trails - Central RegionArizona Trails - Northwest RegionArizona Trails - South RegionArizona Trails - West RegionCalifornia Trails - Central Mountains RegionCalifornia Trails - Desert RegionCalifornia Trails - High Sierra RegionCalifornia Trails - North Coast RegionCalifornia Trails - Northern Sierra RegionCalifornia Trails - South Coast RegionColorado Trails - Central RegionColorado Trails - Front Range RegionColorado Trails - Southwest RegionNevada Trails - West RegionUtah Trails - Central RegionUtah Trails - Moab RegionUtah Trails - Northern RegionUtah Trails - Southwest Region

GPS Routes

At one point Alder Publishing provided GPS routes for all the trails listed in the Backcountry Adventure Series books, but unfortunately they were only given in the obscure Maptech (RXF) format (rather than the more popular Garmin GPX or Google Earth (KMZ) formats), and now they are gone.

In any case, I converted these Backcountry Adventure Series tracks into Garmin (GPX) format:

and also into Google Earth (KMZ) format: