Larry E Heck moved to Colorado in 1984 while working as District Manager for a Nationwide Computer Maintenance Company. He was immediately drawn to visit scenic and historic locations found in the back country throughout Colorado and Utah.
In 1985, he became a free lance writer (part time) and published a short booklet describing some of those locations and how to find them using a 4WD vehicle Since that time, Larry has continued his free lance writing activities and produced many dozens of back country guide books, videos, and magazine stories. His travels have taken him throughout the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond.
Being a free lance photo journalist, Larry's stories have appeared in numerous publications across decades of time. For all of 2007, his back country adventures appeared monthly in Off Road Magazine. For several years, his travels continued to appear monthly in 4Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine. He has written about many scenic, historic and fun locations including the very popular series about the
Outlaw Trail. Past and present Outlaw Trail material has been moved to www.Outlaw-Trail.com.
During the 1980s and 90s, Larry operated a 4x4 Travel Club called, "Pass Patrol". A newsletter subscription was offered during that time.
The Newsletter changed names several times but continued from 1985 to 1999. Some of those newsletters have been recovered and are available on this web site under the Pass Patrol Archives link.
Environmentalist hated Pass Patrol
because we were so well known and were encouraging people to travel the outback
in vehicles. They went on a letter-writing campaign to the National
Forests, the National Parks, and the BLM.
Pass Patrol called them Viro Nazis.
Their letters had an effect and Larry Heck began receiving letters from
the agencies. Canyonlands National Park
told him Pass Patrol could only enter the park once a year. The National Forest Service said he could not
take Pass Patrol into the forest unless he bought an outfitters permit and
there were no such permits available because the waiting list was full for
years. Even worse, one permit was
required for each of the eleven National Forests in Colorado. Pass Patrol had no money so it could not
enter a legal battle. Pass Patrolís last
ride was in 1999. The corporation was
Larry is now semi-retired meaning he no longer spends his time searching for old trails and scenic locations. The pages on his web sites are occasionally changed and he has written fiction novels and guide books. Other titles will be added.