Those who were fortunate enough to attend the Overland Expo outside of Flagstaff, Arizona had plenty to keep them busy throughout the weekend. From the latest in lockbox designs for Jeep owners to an off-road Land Rover course, the Overland Expo was a hit.
Hosted at Mormon Lake Lodge, event-goers were able to take in the beauty of the ponderosa pine country of Arizona while conversing with other outdoor enthusiasts, checking out the latest gear and taking part in some great activities. The drive into the secluded expo allowed adventurers to an unbeatable view of where this event takes place. Known as the largest natural lake in Arizona, Mormon Lake’s water level has dropped throughout the years, allowing overlanders to set up shop in the middle of May where water once was.
The vast and picturesque scenery, combined with wildlife in the area, made Mormon Lake the ideal location for the expo. Upon arrival, those in attendance drove by Mormon Lake Lodge, a quaint western steakhouse and saloon where cowboys are hard at work all year round. And while there were plenty of horses at the lodge, the expo featured a few more creative ways to travel the earth than on a four-legged animal. Before even being able to park, it was impossible for event-goers not to notice the plethora of amazing vehicles.
Ranging from minimalist Winnebago campers to the latest six-figure priced overlanding vehicles, the expo saw attendees and equipment from all walks of life. From innovative homemade designs - putting tents on top of just about any vehicle one could think of - to adventure motorcycles outfitted to travel for thousands of miles, there was no shortage of rides to admire. However, it was machines like EarthCruiser’s expedition vehicle that truly turned heads.
“American outdoor enthusiasts are asking for much more than just a camper stuck onto the back of a four wheel drive truck,” said Lance Gillies, executive of EarthCruiser. “This is a serious expedition vehicle that has been recognized around the globe for engineering and design features that provide safe, exceptional comfort and capable travel.”
One could have spent their entire trip at the Overland Expo marveling at the vehicles, but there was plenty more to do. An endless amount of classes, from outdoor survival to cooking classes, were perfect for those looking to get educated on the lifestyle of an overlander. And the expo had plenty of entertainment for these personalities.
A motorcycle arena, featuring a wide array of off-road obstacles, gave motorcycle attendees opportunities to show off their rides. Even those who didn’t have their own vehicle were encouraged to get behind the wheel of the Land Rover or Range Rover of their choice and navigate some tough terrain. After a number of hills, twists and turns, the Land Rover course culminated in a driver going up on three wheels to navigate the final obstacle, accompanied by an experienced instructor, of course.
Vendors for the gear enthusiast
Aside from the enjoyment derived from the atmosphere of the event and wide array of activities to enjoy, those in attendance at the Overland Expo got to shop for and learn about the latest outdoor gear. From Benchade knives to an on-the-go grill known as the Grub Hub, there was plenty of products to enjoy.
However, when it came to leading security equipment at the event, the vast amount of Jeep owners and outdoor enthusiasts crowded the Tuffy Security products tent. A mounted lockbox to keep valuables safe in an otherwise vulnerable vehicle resonated with Jeep owners looking to improve security.
Whether it was the selection of handmade sodas or the debut of the Ram Power Wagon, the Overland Expo had something for everyone.