Tonto Trails Ignites Overlanding in North America

Durango, Colo. (July 8, 2014) Tonto Trails, the first expedition vehicle rental company in the U.S., is on the forefront of pushing “overlanding” in North America. With a growing population of people who desire to explore remote areas of the western states, Tonto Trails offers self-drive, luxury 4x4 vehicles equipped to provide comfortable accommodations and off-road capability. 

Tonto Trails rentals include Sportsmobile, Jeep Wrangler JK, and 4Wheel Pop Up camper. Each vehicle has a unique configuration for the number of passengers riding and sleeping, and each is finely appointed with appropriate amenities needed to enjoy a unique backcountry experience without sacrificing comfort. Each vehicle has all cooking supplies, bedding, emergency equipment, and niceties packed onboard.  With trips launching from Durango, CO in the Four Corners area, rental service includes assistance with custom travel itineraries, vehicle operation and safety briefings. 

“Overlanding is well established in other countries, but still a young and growing market in the U.S.,” says John Hartley, founder and owner of Tonto Trails.  “We’re excited to introduce this style of travel in the U.S. and help create access and broaden visitor experiences to the beautiful backcountry of the western states.”  

Overlanding is the term used to describe self-reliant, vehicle-based adventure travel; where the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination. Overlanders look for an authentic vacation to avoid highways, traditional campgrounds and RV parks, and take the road less travelled.  Many use overlanding as a gateway to expand on other hobbies such as hiking, biking, fly-fishing and photography.   

With a high financial commitment in purchasing an expedition vehicle, Tonto Trails meets a desire for customers who want to explore but can’t justify a purchase, as well as those who wish to purchase but want to “test drive” first.  Additionally, many adventurers prefer not to be locked down to one continent.  To help open a gateway of global overland travel, Tonto Trails has also partnered with outfitters in Africa. 

"The growth curve for the overland industry is now on a sharp turn upwards,” says Roseanne Hanson, director of Overland Expo. “The biggest growth areas are in adventure motorcycles and in truck campers. The latter is exciting, as this is a whole new demographic to our overland industry.”

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About Tonto Trails

Established in 2012 in Durango, CO with a desire to share and educate about the adventures in overlanding, Tonto Trails is the first 4x4 expedition vehicle rental company in the United States.  As past adventure racers and overlanders, owners, John and Julie Hartley, started Tonto Trails as a way to share their passion of the wilderness with others.  With a goal to cultivate a community of safe and responsible overland travellers, Tonto Trails provides luxury vehicles aligned with the “Leave No Trace” philosophy.  To learn more about Tonto Trails 4x4 rentals, visit  For up to date information on vehicles and client trips, follow Tonto Trails on facebook,