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Happy Trails is organizing an expedition north into Utah, off the Long 15, and we need people.Jed Masterson, Happy Trails Expedition Broadcast

Happy Trails Expedition is the introductory quest to the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Honest Hearts.

Quick walkthrough

Honest Hearts main quest: Happy Trails Expedition
Find Jed Masterson with the "Happy Trails Expedition Broadcast" from your Pip-boy and begin your journey to Zion Canyon.
Let Jed Masterson know you're ready to leave once you're traveling alone and carrying 75 (or 100) pounds or less.
Reward: 225 caps
When We Remembered Zion Achievement/Trophy
Leads to: Arrival at Zion

Detailed walkthrough

After leaving Doc Mitchell's house with the add-on installed, the Courier will receive a radio signal from Jed Masterson about the "Happy Trails Caravan" heading through Zion on the way to New Canaan. The beacon for the northern passage subsequently appears on the Pip-Boy map, and the Courier can travel there and speak to Jed about joining the caravan. Jed Masterson will only allow the Courier to travel with them if they are traveling without (or are willing to dismiss) their companions and carry no more than 75 pounds.

Note: The Courier can increase the weight limit to 100 pounds by:

  • Passing various speech checks with Ricky.
  • Passing a Survival check of 50 with Jed Masterson.
  • Having the Strong Back or Pack Rat perks and using appropriate lines in dialogue with Masterson.

The Courier can speak to Ricky at length and call him out on his lies multiple times using the appropriate skill checks (Survival, Guns, Science, etc.), causing him to leave. Additionally, there is the option to keep silent about his lies if he agrees to carry some of the Courier's gear, resulting in an increased carry limit (although physically giving items to Ricky is not required). The Courier may also pass a Medicine check (45) to diagnose Ricky as a Psycho addict, convincing him to leave before his stash runs out on the trail or opening up the ability to sell him the drug and Fixer for the trip at an exorbitant price. This does not prevent the other skill checks from being carried out to convince him to carry some of the Courier's gear or leave the caravan. The player can charge him 30 caps per hit of Psycho up to a maximum of 10 hits, and 1 dose of Fixer for 80 caps.

Once any companions have been dismissed and the weight of items not exceeding the limit (any additional items can be safely placed in the crate next to Jed), talk to Jed again to travel to Zion Canyon. Completing this quest triggers the opening cutscenes for Honest Hearts, and begins the Arrival at Zion quest.

Quest stages

10 Find the Happy Trails caravan master.
20 Let Jed Masterson know you're ready to leave once you're traveling alone and carrying 75 pounds or less.
30 Let Jed Masterson know you're ready to leave once you're traveling alone and carrying 100 pounds or less.
100Quest finishedQuest Completed


  • Unlike the previous add-on Dead Money, no gear is lost at the beginning of this quest. However, there is a weight limit that cannot be exceeded. There is a container between Jed and Stella, marked "Happy Trails Shipping Crate", which can be used to store any extra gear which can be safely retrieved later.
  • It is not possible to inflict damage upon any NPC's in the northern passage; attacking them has no effect, and they will not turn hostile.
  • This quest involves a weight limit when traveling to or from Zion. After the add-on is complete, the trip can be made with as much weight as desired.
  • If Ricky leaves, he will be replaced by another guard with a hunting rifle.
  • The level cap increases when the add-on is installed, not when starting the quest.
  • If Ricky is made to leave after telling him to carry some extra items, the weight added to the limit will remain.
  • When first talking to Jed having killed Alice McLafferty with Cass during Heartache by the Number, he will say "Hang on- aren't you the one that wiped out the Crimson Caravan's Vegas branch not too long ago?" He will then immediately thank the Courier for wiping out some of the competition to the Happy Trails Caravan Company.
  • When first talking to Jed and having completed side quests for the Crimson Caravan Company, Jed will say "Wait a minute I recognize you. Yeah... you're Alice McLafferty's rising star, aren't you." After this, he will wonder why the Courier has chosen to work for a caravan company as little as Happy Trails.


Main quests
Act 1Ain't That a Kick in the Head · Back in the Saddle · By a Campfire on the Trail · They Went That-a-Way · Ring-a-Ding-Ding!
Act 2Wild Card (Wild Card: Ace in the Hole, Change in Management, You and What Army?, Side Bets, Finishing Touches) · The House Always Wins (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII) · Render Unto Caesar · Et Tumor, Brute? · Things That Go Boom · Kings' Gambit · For the Republic, Part 2 · You'll Know It When It Happens/Arizona Killer
Act 3No Gods, No Masters · All or Nothing · Veni, Vidi, Vici · Eureka!
Side quests
New California RepublicAnywhere I Wander · Back in Your Own Backyard · Bitter Springs Infirmary Blues · Boulder City Showdown · Can You Find it in Your Heart? · Climb Ev'ry Mountain · Don't Tread on the Bear! · Emergency Radio · Eye for an Eye · Flags of Our Foul-Ups · Hard Luck Blues · I Don't Hurt Anymore · I Put a Spell on You · Keep Your Eyes on the Prize · Medical Mystery · No, Not Much · Pressing Matters · Restoring Hope · Return to Sender · That Lucky Old Sun · The White Wash · There Stands the Grass · Three-Card Bounty · We Will All Go Together · You Can Depend on Me
Caesar's LegionBeware the Wrath of Caesar! · Caesar's Favor · Caesar's Foe · Caesar's Hire · Cold, Cold Heart · I Hear You Knocking · The Finger of Suspicion · We Are Legion
The StripBeyond the Beef · Bye Bye Love · Classic Inspiration · How Little We Know · Pheeble Will · Talent Pool · The House Has Gone Bust! · The Moon Comes Over the Tower
Freeside & Outer VegasBirds of a Feather · Bleed Me Dry · Debt Collector · G.I. Blues · High Times · Someone to Watch Over Me · The Coyotes · Wang Dang Atomic Tango
BoomersAnt Misbehavin' · Sunshine Boogie · Volare! · Young Hearts
Great KhansAba Daba Honeymoon · Cry Me a River · Don't Make a Beggar of Me · Oh My Papa
Powder GangBooted · I Fought the Law · Run Goodsprings Run · Why Can't We Be Friends?
Brotherhood of SteelEyesight to the Blind · Still in the Dark · Tend to Your Business
OtherCome Fly With Me · Crazy, Crazy, Crazy · Ghost Town Gunfight · Guess Who I Saw Today · Left My Heart · My Kind of Town · The Legend of the Star and A Valuable Lesson · Unfriendly Persuasion · Wheel of Fortune
Companion questsED-E My Love · For Auld Lang Syne · Heartache by the Number · I Could Make You Care · I Forgot to Remember to Forget · Nothin' But a Hound Dog · One for My Baby
Unmarked questsA Bit of Slap and Tickle · A Final Plan for Esteban · Access Powers · All Fired Up! · An Ear to the Ground · Andy and Charlie · Arachnophobia · Arizona Scavenger · Barton the Fink · Bear Necessities · Big Winner (Atomic Wrangler, The Gomorrah, The Tops, Ultra-Luxe, Vikki & Vance) · Bounty Killer (I, II) · Brotherhood Bond (I, II) · Caching in at the Cove · Cajoling a Cudgel · Claws Mended · Claws Out · Dealing with Contreras · Defacing the Humble Stone · Democracy Inaction · Don't Poke at the Bear! · Eddie's Emissary · Exhumin' Nature · Fight Night · Flogging a Dead Corpse · Friend of the Followers · Gland for Some Home Cooking · Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger · Hat's Entertainment · Help for Halford · Hidden Valley computer virus · Highway to the Danger Zone (I, II) · Honorary Rocketeer · I Love Bananas · Iron and Stealing · Keith's Caravan Charade · Laurifer Gladiator · Lenk's Bad Debts · Lily and Leo · Long-Term Care · Malleable Mini Boomer Minds · Maud's Muggers · Meeting an Equal · Missing a Few Missiles · Most Wanted · Not Worth a Hill of Corn and Beans · Old School Ghoul · A Pair of Dead Desperados (I, II) · Papers, Please · Pistol Packing · Playing on the Old Joana · Poor Meat Never Makes Good Soup · Powder to the People · Power to the People · Razzle Dazzle! · Reach for the Sky, Mister! · Rest and Resupply · Ringo's Caravan Rules · Rotface's Loose Lips · Saving (or Savaging) Sergeant Teddy · The Screams of Brahmin · Silus Treatment · Short-Term Treatment · Smooth-Talking Criminal · The Star Showdown · Strategic Nuclear Moose · Straus Calls · Strip Search · Suits You, Sarah · Tags of Our Fallen · A Team of Moronic Mercenaries · Thought for the Day · Tourist Traipse · Trudy's Radio Repair · A Trusted Aide · Useless Baubles or Fancy Trinkets? · We Must Stop Beating Like This · We Must Stop Meeting Like This · Wind-Brahmin Wrangler · You Gotta Break Out a Few Eggs · You Make Me Feel Like a Woman
Add-on quests
Dead MoneySierra Madre Grand Opening! · Find Collars (8: "Dog", 12: Christine, 14: Dean Domino) · Fires in the Sky · Strike Up the Band · Mixed Signals · Trigger the Gala Event · Put the Beast Down · Last Luxuries · Curtain Call at the Tampico · Heist of the Centuries · Big Winner, Sierra Madre
Honest HeartsA Family Affair · Arrival at Zion · Bighorners of the Eastern Virgin · Chaos in Zion · Civilized Man's Burden · Crush the White Legs · Deliverer of Sorrows  · Departing Paradise · Flight from Zion · Gathering Storms · Gone Fishin' · Happy Trails Expedition · Prisoners of War · Retake the Bridge · River Monsters · Rite of Passage · Roadside Attraction · Sanctity of the Dead · The Advance Scouts  · The Treacherous Road · The Grand Staircase · Tourist Trap
Old World BluesAll My Friends Have Off Switches · A Brain's Best Friend · Coming Out of Her Shell · Field Research · He Came... And Went · Influencing People · Midnight Science Fiction Feature! · Old World Blues · On the Same Wavelength · Picking Your Brains · Project X-13 · Sonic Emitter Upgrade · Welcome to the Big Empty · What's in a Name? · When Visitors Attack! · X-2: Strange Transmissions! · X-8 Data Retrieval Test · X-8: High School Horror! · X-13: Attack of the Infiltrator!
Lonesome RoadThe Reunion · The Silo · The Job · The Launch · The Tunnelers · The Divide · The Courier · The End · The Apocalypse