The very first official EarthCruiser Adventure, this trip begins at the first Overland Expo PNW in Central Oregon. After taking in the seminars and events of the Expo, you will travel through the high desert and central regions of Central Oregon, stopping to explore its natural and archeological sites. You will drive dirt and gravel backroads, summit mountains, and navigate remote and rugged canyonlands. Along the way, you’ll be treated to exclusive dining experiences, knowledgeable local guides, and the company of your fellow EarthCruiser owners and staff.
Day 1 Redmond, Oregon, Saturday, July 9th
We begin our adventure near the home of EarthCruiser at the first-ever Overland Expo PNW. You are free to arrive at the Expo at any time, beginning the morning of Friday, July 8th. Enjoy the exhibits and workshops at the Expo, check in to your campsite at the grounds of the Expo Center, and get to know the EarthCruiser team. On the evening of the 9th we’ll enjoy an exclusive river-to-table dining experience featuring sole-source salmon prepared by a local indigenous group while we go over the details of the trip and meet our new traveling companions.
Inclusions: Overland Expo PNW Vehicle Camping Pass and Weekend Pass, Donation to Tread Lightly!, River-to-Table dining experience
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2 Christmas Valley Sand Dunes Area, Sunday, July 10th
We depart with a festive send-off and drive to the scenic Fort Rock area. Here we will have a guided walk led by professional naturalists. Next, we continue to the Christmas Valley area where we’ll have the opportunity to explore the region’s sand dunes.
Inclusions: Guided naturalist walk of Fort Rock State Natural Area
Day 3 Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Monday, July 11th
This morning we continue southeast over gravel roads to the Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge, where we will camp for the night and take a plunge in the area’s natural hotsprings or go on short walks to look for indigenous art and wildlife.
Day 4 Alvord Desert, Tuesday, July 12th
Today we venture further into the rugged backcountry of Oregon’s high desert. We’ll drive over dirt and gravel roads to the summit of Steens Mountain, then down to the floor of the Alvord Desert, camping for the night on the otherworldly playa.
Days 5 Owhyee Canyonland, Wednesday, July 13th
We spend two days driving the dirt and gravel roads of the Owyhee Canyonlands, an area full of incredible geology. We’ll have time for short hikes into slot canyons and wildlife watching.
Day 6 Baker, Thursday, July 14th
This morning we’ll drive the backroads north towards the route of the historic Oregon Trail. We’ll spend the evening in a vineyard in the Snake River Valley American Viticultural Area where we’ll be treated to an exclusive farm to table meal, wine tasting and camp cooking class.
Inclusions: Vineyard dining experience: private farm to table dinner, wine tasting and cooking lesson
Meals included: Dinner
Day 7 Strawberry Wilderness, Friday, July 15th
Today we’ll head south over dirt and gravel roads into the Strawberry Wilderness. This stunning region is dotted with alpine lakes. We may hike to look for mountain goats on the cliffsides or cast a fly for trout.
Day 8 Bend, Saturday July 16th
In the morning, we take in our last views of Strawberry Mountain and begin our return to Bend. We’ll stop at the rainbow-striped landscape of the Painted Hills along the way for short hikes and exploration.
*Please note that the itinerary listed here represents the intended route and day to day schedule. EarthCruiser Adventure reserves the right to make any itinerary changes with or without notice, which may become necessary, as is the nature of overlanding.
EarthCruiser or Terranova purchased new from EarthCruiser, used via EarthCruiser’s pre-owned program, or used via a third party with membership to the Cruiser Crew program.
Spare tire and full set of Maxtrax recovery board
Basic recovery gear including Snatch Block, Tree Saver, one pair each hard and soft shackles, and gloves.
You will be asked to show proof of valid insurance for operating your vehicle in the state of Oregon.
Minimum 50% deposit required for booking. The remaining balance will be automatically charged 30 days before your adventure begins.