Are you tired of riding the same old trails? Have you ever wanted to just pack up and explore a new place? Maybe you live in the Midwest and you’ve always wanted to explore the Western deserts, or maybe you are tired of reading about legendary places like Moab, Tincup and Red Rock and want to see them for yourself. If you are the adventurous type you may just pack up and head there, but travel is an expensive endeavor that requires planning and forethought and you want to make the most of your trip.
There are many ways to learn about your destination. You can search the Internet or ask friends. You can contact the local bureau of tourism or chamber of commerce and have them send you brochures. For popular destinations you can even buy books about the places you want to see. Anyone who likes to travel has certainly done many of these things. Wouldn’t it be great, though, if someone had already made the trip and chronicled their experiences? Maybe they were kind enough to make some maps, make note of places of interest, talk to local lodging and eating establishments and take some pictures or video of the best trails.
Well, Ranger Dave Ferris has done just that and he has chronicled his experiences on a DVD entitled Ranger Dave’s Where to Ride Guide Volume 1. This DVD is a must-see for anyone planning an off road trip to the central Rocky Mountains. This DVD offers the viewer detailed tours of:
Watching the Where to Ride Guide is a lot like getting advice from a friend who knows the area like the back of his hand. Ranger Dave provides tremendous detail about each trail including directions, level of difficulty, things to see on each trail and words of caution. You just don’t get this level of detail from the Internet or brochures. All of this advice is delivered on your TV, while you watch video footage of some of the most beautiful vistas in the country. You also get to see interviews with local residents and business owners who cater to visitors.
If you are planning a trip to any of these areas the DVD is worth $24.95 (plus S&H) just because it will allow you to make the most out of the limited time you have when you vacation.
But wait… There’s more!
Included on the DVD are extremely detailed and printable trail maps of each of the areas discussed on the DVD. The PDF maps are designed to be printed on 8.5 X 11 paper. These aren’t just cheesy hand drawn maps that you might find on the Internet or extracts from an off the shelf mapping program but highly detailed topographic maps that you will definitely find very useful as you explore the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. The Where to Ride Guide DVD also includes latitude, longitude and elevation of waypoints for some of the trails described on the DVD so you can program your GPS unit.
For good measure, Ranger Dave also throws in documents that detail local laws, contact information for restaurants, hotels, tour companies and basically anyone else you may need to contact to make your trip more enjoyable.
So if you are planning on heading to any of the places covered by Ranger Dave’s Where to Ride Guide, do yourself a favor and order the DVD. You wont regret it.