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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 in 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[]

Upon exiting Doc Mitchell's house in Goodsprings, if Honest Hearts is installed, the player character will receive a message about a new radio broadcast on the Pip-Boy, the Happy Trails Expedition Broadcast from Jed Masterson, talking about the Happy Trails Caravan Company looking for anyone with a Pip-Boy willing to join up with them for a journey through Zion Canyon on the way to New Canaan in Utah. Subsequently, the map marker for the northern passage, situated north of North Vegas Square, appears.

Traveling to the location and entering the cave at the base of the cliffside, the player character is directed via the quest marker to speak to Jed about joining the caravan. He will only allow them to travel with the caravan if they are traveling without (or are willing to dismiss) their companions and carry no more than 75 pounds in their inventory. One can increase the weight limit to 100 pounds by one of a few different methods:

Along with Jed, there are four other characters in the cave that make up the Happy Trails expedition, though two of them are unnamed Happy Trails caravan guards with generic dialogue; the other two are Stella and Ricky. Stella can be asked about some of her background as a former sheriff of Caliente. Talking to Ricky begins an at-length conversation about his many "accomplishments" and by passing several associated skill checks (Survival, Guns, Science, etc.), one can call him out on his lies and be given a choice for what to do with him before the expedition leaves:

  • "Persuade" him to leave, causing him to abandon the caravan and leave the northern passage.
  • Promise to keep silent about his fabricated qualifications if he agrees to carry some of their gear, increasing the carry limit to 100 pounds (physically giving items to Ricky is not required).

Alternatively, one can also pass a 45 Medicine skill check to diagnose Ricky as a Psycho addict and open new story options:

  • Convince him to leave the expedition before his stash runs out on the trail, resulting in the same as the first option above.
  • Offer to sell him Psycho and Fixer for caps, 30 per hit of Psycho up to a maximum of ten hits, and one dose of Fixer for 80. Note: This does not prevent the above scenario with the other skill checks from being carried out to convince him to carry more gear or leave the caravan.

Once any companions have been dismissed and one's Carry Weight is at or below the limit (any items that must be left behind can be safely placed in the crate next to Jed), one must talk to Jed again to begin travelling to Zion Canyon. Completing this quest triggers the opening cutscenes for Honest Hearts and then Arrival at Zion.

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


  • 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.
  • Starting the add-on requires lowering one's total Carry Weight below a set limit. After the add-on is complete, traveling back to Zion can be made with as much weight as desired.
  • If Ricky leaves, he will be replaced by another guard with a hunting rifle during Arrival at Zion.
  • 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 new limit of 100 lbs. will remain.
  • Jed has unique dialogue if one has previously interacted with Alice McLafferty at the Crimson Caravan Company:
    • If Alice was already killed, either independently or as a result of choosing the violent path for Heartache by the Number, he will mention her death at the player character's hands and thank them for eliminating some of Happy Trails' competition.[1]
    • If Alice is still alive and one has completed You Can Depend on Me and then Pressing Matters, he will recognize them as an associate of Crimson Caravan and question their decision to work with a smaller company.[2]



  1. Jed Masterson: "Hang on - ain't you the one that wiped out the Crimson Caravan's Vegas branch not too long ago? Ought to thank you for that - knocking McLafferty out of the running gives Happy Trails a market to expand into."
    (Jed Masterson's dialogue)
  2. Jed Masterson: "Wait a minute, I recognize you. Yeah... you're Alice McLafferty's rising star, ain't you? You sure you want to be here? McLafferty's non-competes are pretty rigid."
    (Jed Masterson's dialogue)
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 · 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 · Return to the FountainCut content
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