This app is not intended to be used alone, but rather as a GPS companion to FunTreks 4x4 guidebooks. It contains over 600 of the most popular trails in selected areas of Colorado, California, Arizona and Moab, Utah. These amazing places are the last vestiges in America where 4-wheeling and backcountry exploration reign supreme. FunTreks is a small company in Colorado that has been publishing top-selling off-road guidebooks for more than 20 years. The app provides GPS track logs and waypoints that exactly match the trails in their books. All trails have been driven, documented and GPS tracked by FunTreks scouts. The app includes trail descriptions, difficulty ratings, directions to the start, length of the trail, driving times, highest elevation, contact information, and best times to go. To learn more about FunTreks guidebooks and to get additional trail information, visit www.FunTreks.com.
****EDIT: upping this to 3 star due to plethora of trails available to get you inspired where to go; still you need the books for a broader picture; One important aspect: difficulty ratings are still a problem; 3 levels of difficulty is not sufficient; I used this extensively in last year and I can say often ‘stock 4x4 suv’ may not be able to cross some areas in the easy flagged trails; just be cautious if you have a ‘stock 4x4 suv’ since there are too many pseudo 4x4 suv out there nowadays. Remember the authors are very experienced off roaders so them driving a stock 4x4 is not the same as you and I**** I have the books but since they are useless without a track, I had to buy the app just to get the tracks. If you off road, you know that there is very likely there will be many off shoots and confusing intersections when you adventure. No book could compensate for an actual gpx track. Since I have the books from this company but in the field is very cumbersome to use, I had to buy the tracks. Now for the app review The only good: Is needed in conjuncture with the books The bad: - inconsistent trail ratings (i.e. found same trail in Phoenix area is rated both blue and red) - rating system green blue black is absolutely not sufficient to grade off road trails, a scale of 1 to 10 would be better (i.e. I went on some blue trails that were not equal, one would have been a 4 and the other more like a 6 and that is a big difference) - you cannot download the satellite view for the surrounding area next to the track (there are free open source satellite view maps and I do not know why they did not bother to at least make the surrounding area next to a track downloadable); as soon as you lose signal, you lose the satellite view (and you always lose cell signal off-road) - price is high when only purpose is to complement the books In short, there are better free sources with very detailed description and photos and gpx tracks that you can use if you have a gps unit or other navigation app you could import. Overall I find the book and app combo from Fun Treks to be just average. I just use them to get a general idea what trail to search for in an area I travel.
It’s best to have the book and the app, the book gives more detailed information about the trail and obstacles. I find the app invaluable for telling me exactly where I am on the trail. Sometimes there are lots of forks and no signs. Without this app, I’d do a lot of backtracking and get lost a lot. And when we explore side trails, we always know exactly how to get back to the main trail. I download the maps offline for each trail I plan on running so no cell coverage needed. Having access to ALL the trails from every book makes this a must have app.
Where does this very expensive app declare it is only for a few western US states? Very disappointing.
*Recommend book AND app* I already have a book so I thought the app would be great in order for me to keep my eyes on the trail. Great in theory buy not in practice. While this app will get you to the trail head, or the end, you won't get much out of it after that other than a pink line showing the suggested route. Directions to the trailhead use Apple maps so if you have Apple Carplay and want to see it on the bigger screen it's great. But now that you are there you have to use the apps map to see the highlighted pink route... which isn't projected on the head unit cause Carplay doesn't work with 3rd party apps. Even if you install the specific trail map to your device, get to the trailhead, then decide to have the app route you to the end of the trail using the default Apple Maps it won't work cause you probably have no service. I found myself still using the book and glancing down every once in awhile to make sure I was on the right path but the book is written so well you don't need the app. This is not a $60 app IMO since it doesn't replace the book but is a minor supplementation to it. Make it $20 and it's easier to justify but you can get to the trailhead using the GPS coordinates in the book and download offline maps using Google. Without turn by turn directions and Apple's inability to display 3rd party apps as of writing this there's not much to see here.
I use this app all the time in Arizona. I wish they had more states like Nevada and southwest Utah. It works great and is very precise.
New to off-roading, I was concerned about getting lost. Yes, the price made me hesitant, but after really thinking about worrying about if I’m on a given trail or not — while focusing on driving, I decided the piece of mind would be worth it. And it was. I used this on several trails in Sedona, AZ in ‘16 and again in Moab, UT in ‘17. I proved absolutely worth the price. Shows were you are on the trail — even without internet connect — once the trail is downloaded with a connection. Super easy to use. I’m very pleased with the app and hope that it is something the creators continue to develop and expand. Be safe out there.
I moved to northern Colorado 3 years ago with the intent to explore as much of this beautiful state as possible. I had no idea about the hundreds of off-road trails in this state until I bought the FunTreks guide book at a local 4x4 shop. I hit every trail possible. It wasn't until I went to Moab and forgot to pickup a trail guide that I realized FunTreks had an App. I bought the app and downloaded all the trails I wanted to hit while in Moab. Love this App. It works hand in hand with my guidebook and makes me feel at ease knowing the app works with my GPS when I'm out of service. Great job guys. Can't wait to see what's next.
Bought the book, thought the app was like the book but I would have gps while riding. It ONLY shows the trail location and waypoints but NO information on the waypoints, no staging area markings, doesn't show different levels of difficulty of trails (all trails are PINK in color not green for easy, blue, brown for gravel roads, then red difficult etc). So basically it has the trail in pink and that's IT!!!! I'll keep it because I have the AZ book and I can use it to track my location on the trail but otherwise you need to buy the book to get the real info. DISAPPOINTED!!!! Don't buy the app!!!
Had been using their SD card in a small screen B&W GPS device before downloading this app. Great development effort. Trails are very clearly depicted in full color on my iPhone 6S Plus. Love that the developer provided Apple/Google maps directions to the trailhead. Only minor opportunity for improvement is when the device is on the edge of cell service, I get repeated pop-up warnings that the app is going into offline mode. Would like an option to permanently dismiss these pop-ups as they can get annoying after awhile. Definitely recommend this app for off roaders!
I used the app this week in Taylor Park, Colorado. It is a great companion with their books. You can see exactly where you are on the trail in real time. Easier than looking at a map and having to guess where you are on the trail. I have a mount for my IPAD mini in my Polaris RZR so that I can just look up and see exactly where I am on the trails.