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Winter Gila Overland [WGO]

Friday, February 25th through Sunday, February 27th, 2022  – Overland-based traverse of the remote backcountry, rich history and rugged backroads of the New Mexico Gila - Guided by NMBR’s Jake Quinones 

WGO Overview

New Mexico’s vast Gila Region // Three Day Extended Weekend Trip // Approximate Route Distance: 180 to 225-Miles // Approximate Elevation Range: 4,175 to 8,250-Feet // The Gila Overland provides a condensed “weekend warrior” version of NMBR’s Gila Legends Expedition. Areas of exploration will include the Gila National Forest’s Black Range and Continental Divide. Visit the NMBR’s New Mexico Gila Adventure photo gallery for a preview of the Winter Gila Overland experience. LINK - goo.gl/UsrcF6

The Experence

This February, New Mexico Black Range will be guiding a three day [180 to 225-mile] overland adventure that will traverse New Mexico’s vast and diverse Gila region. NMBR has guided portions of this route for American Expedition Vehicles, Dometic, and a multitude of overland enthusiasts seeking adventure.

The Gila Overland route includes a diverse range of scenery, history, terrain, and backroads found nowhere else in North America. Landscapes and terrain will include desert, grassland, chaparral, canyon bottoms, and dense forest with elevations ranging from 4,175 to 8,250-feet. Areas of exploration will include the Gila National Forest’s Black Range and Great Divide Trail (Continental Divide), and other remote areas. The route will cross the northern end of the Sierra Madre Mountain while skirting the world’s first established wilderness areas—the Gila Wilderness & Aldo Leopold Wilderness.

Road types and conditions will include washboards, two tracks, primitive non-maintained, graded, mountain shelf, dirt byway and (least of all) pavement. The Gila Overland will provide outstanding vistas, historic landmarks, wildlife viewing opportunities (including Mexican grey wolf territory), and aggressive elevation contours.

During the overland based adventure, NMBR will cover a variety of topics including area landscape features, area history, vehicle maintenance, overland field kit overview, driving techniques, vehicle dynamics, and other overland-based skill building subjects.

Where, When & Pricing

The Winter Gila Overland will take place Friday, February 25th through Sunday, February 27th, 2022. Participants will meet the morning of Friday, February 26th in southern New Mexico; the exact departure location and details will be provided during the registration process. Pricing for single driver (single participant) is $662.00 (plus tax). Pricing for each additional participant in vehicle (passengers, second drivers, minors) is $548.00 (plus tax).

Planning & Preparations

The Gila Overland will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, meals, and supplies. Services or re-supply of any kind, including cell signals, fuel, food, water, or anything remotely civilized, will be unavailable for stretches of up to 225 miles or more (if re-routes occur).

Please note: The Winter Gila Overland will take place in the high-country of the Gila National Forest when seasonal temperatures can sometimes drop into the single digits and snow is entirely possible. Please understand that driving and camping conditions could be very cold, wet, muddy, and/or snowy during this trip. If these possible conditions don’t appeal to you, or outside of your comfort zone for overland travels, please consider NMBR’s summer and fall based trips instead.

Go Boldly with NMBR - Over the past decade, NMBR has written a series of informative overland travel based articles with topics ranging from field kit assembly, to vehicle maintenance and upkeep, to equipment and gear advice. These articles, paired with extensive checklists and instructions, are provided to registered participants as a solid foundation for what to expect, how to prepare, and what to bring for the adventure.

During the Gila Overland pre-trip planning and preparation period, NMBR will be available to provide expert opinion and feedback to registered participants for any questions or concerns related to getting ready and gearing up for the adventure. During the Gila Overland, NMBR will revisit many of the topics that were covered in the pre-trip period with in field demonstrations and lessons. The self-sufficient aspect of NMBR guided expeditions and overland adventures and trail runs challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence.

Register

Ready for your next great adventure? If you are interested in joining the Winter Gila Overland, or would like to receive extended details for the tour, please contact us and additional driver/equipment requirements and registration information will be provided.

Spring El Coyote Expedition (ECE) – Friday, March 25th through Sunday, March 27th (Epic Weekender) – New Mexico Black Range’s “Master of the Wild” ultra-traverse and circumnavigation of the Gila – Guided by NMBR’s Jake Quiñones

Overview

Friday, March 25th through Sunday, March 27th // New Mexico’s Gila Region // Approximate Route Distance: 325 to 350-Miles // Approximate Elevation Range: 4,375 to 9,000-Feet // Areas of exploration will include Gila East, Gila North, Black Range, and Great Divide Trail // New Mexico Backroads’ newest and boldest Gila traversal is geared towards overlanders with moderate to advanced experience levels. The El Coyote Expedition will include a faster pace, longer drive days, minimal instruction and education sessions, and prove more rigorous than NMBR’s other overland-based adventures. Visit the NMBR’s New Mexico Gila Adventure photo gallery for a preview of the El Coyote Expedition experience. LINK - goo.gl/UsrcF6

The Experience

This March, New Mexico Black Range will be leading an epic expedition route and experience through the heart of the Southwest’s wildest and most remote region—the 3.3-million-acre Gila National Forest. NMBR created the El Coyote Expedition specifically to captivate the purpose, pace, and rigors associated with NMBR’s regular non-guided fieldwork and scouting missions. The El Coyote Expedition combines two of NMBR’s remote fieldwork and scouting routes into a three-day monumental circumnavigation of the Gila’s farthest reaches. Seasoned and skilled overlanders “Masters of the Wild”, that desire long drive days, a brisk pace, and a full gamut of rugged terrain, will thrive during this adventure. Due to widely varying weather patterns, Springtime overland travels through the Gila region often entails challenging backroad and camp conditions. Snow, rain, below-freezing temperatures, mud, ice, extensive tree falls across roadway (requiring clearing), and difficult driving conditions may be encountered along the El Coyote Expedition route. Those that enjoy a more leisurely pace, less demanding driving conditions, more frequent scenic stops/breaks, and expanded educational and training opportunities should consider NMBR’s other overland-based trip offerings.

NMBR has guided portions of the ECE route for American Expedition Vehicles and General Motors as they tested their vehicles against a variety of harsh terrain and rigorous driving conditions. The El Coyote Expedition route includes a diverse range of scenery, history, terrain, and backroads found nowhere else in North America. Landscapes and terrain will include desert, savannah, grassland, chaparral, canyon bottoms, ponderosa parks, and dense forest with elevations ranging from 4,375 to 9,000-feet. Areas of exploration will include Gila East, Black Range, Gila West, Gila North, and Continental Divide. The Gila Overland route will pass through the northern end of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range as well as the Southern end of the Rockies, all while skirting the world’s first established wilderness areas—the Gila Wilderness & Aldo Leopold Wilderness. Road types and conditions will include washboards, two tracks, primitive non-maintained, graded, mountain shelf, dirt byway and (least of all) pavement. The ECE will provide outstanding landscapes, wildlife viewing opportunities (including Mexican grey wolf territory), and aggressive elevation contours.

Where, When & Pricing

The El Coyote Expedition will take place Friday, March 25th through Sunday, March 27th, 2022. Participants will meet the morning of Friday, March 19th in southern New Mexico; the exact departure location and details will be provided during the registration process. Pricing for single driver (single participant) is $664.00 (plus tax). Pricing for each additional participant in vehicle (passengers, second drivers, minors) is $547.00 (plus tax).

Planning & Preparations

The El Coyote Expedition will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, meals, and supplies. Services or re-supply of any kind, including cell signals, fuel, food, water, or anything remotely civilized, will be unavailable for stretches of up to 225 miles or more (if re-routes occur). Please note: The El Coyote Expedition will take place in the high-country of the Gila National Forest when seasonal temperatures can sometimes drop into the teens and snow is entirely possible. Please understand that driving and camping conditions could be very cold, wet, muddy, and/or snowy during this trip. If these possible conditions don’t appeal to you, or outside of your comfort zone for overland travels, please consider NMBR’s summer and fall based trips instead.

Go Boldly with NMBR - Over the past decade, NMBR has written a series of informative overland travel-based articles (NMBR’s Field Preparedness Manual) with topics ranging from field kit assembly, to vehicle maintenance and upkeep, to equipment and gear advice. These articles, paired with extensive checklists and instructions, are provided to registered participants as a solid foundation for what to expect, how to prepare, and what to bring for the adventure. During the El Coyote Expedition pre-trip planning and preparation period, NMBR will be available to provide expert opinion and feedback to registered participants for any questions or concerns related to getting ready and gearing up for the adventure. The self-sufficient aspect of NMBR guided expeditions, overland adventures, and training courses challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence.

Register

Ready for your next great adventure? If you are interested in joining the Spring El Coyote Expedition, or would like to receive extended details for the tour, please email jake@newmexicoblackrange.com and additional driver/equipment requirements and registration information will be provided. Or send a message through the contact page.

Overland-based Adventure to the Overland Expo West – Monday, May 16th through Thursday, May 19th, 2022 – Professionally guided by New Mexico Black Range’s Jake Quiñones

Register now to reserve your adventure!

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Attention all 2022 Overland Expo West bound overlanders, adventurists, and nomads! For immediate release! New Mexico Black Range announces the 2022 Ghost Divide Expedition! If your prospective Overland Expo West trip involves copious amounts of pavement, roadside diners, and dingy motels, consider airing-down, engaging 4WD, and taking the path less traveled with New Mexico Black Range.

GDE Preview

Visit the NMBR’s Ghost Divide Expedition photo gallery for a preview of the Ghost Divide Expedition. LINK - goo.gl/UwquKa

GDE Overview

New Mexico & Arizona // 4 Days // 500 Miles // Elev. 4,250 to 9,000 ft. // Route and experience featured by TCT and FOURWHEELER Magazines. The Ghost Divide Expedition will begin in southern New Mexico and lead to the 2021 Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Arizona. Areas of exploration will include western New Mexico and eastern Arizona

The Experience

For 2022, New Mexico Black Range will be guiding a 500-mile expedition en-route to the Overland Expo West that will traverse New Mexico and Arizona’s loneliest backroads. The GDE route will cover three unique areas—Gila National Forest, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, and Coconino National Forest. Over two-thirds of the Ghost Divide Expedition route will be comprised of unpaved backroads.

The Ghost Divide Expedition will provide a demanding (yet rewarding) experience—the days will be long, the terrain will be rugged, and the pace will be brisk. The overland-based tour will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, provisions, meals, and supplies. All nights will include camping and enjoying the company of fellow overlanders, deep in the backcountry. For those that join in, the only guarantee is that they will conclude their adventure with new friends, dirty rigs, big smiles, and an accomplishment that will make their fellow overlanders envious. 

2022 will mark the 12th year NMBR has guided a multi-day expedition in connection with the Overland Expo West. The Ghost Divide Expedition route will include a diverse range of scenery, history, terrain, and backroads found nowhere else in North America. Landscapes and terrain will include desert, grassland, chaparral, canyon bottoms, wildland burn scars, and dense forest with elevations ranging from approximately 4,250 to 9,000-feet. Road types and conditions will include washboards, two tracks, primitive non-maintained, graded, mountain shelf, dirt byway, and (least of all) pavement. The Ghost Divide Expedition will provide outstanding vistas, historic landmarks, and wildlife viewing opportunities (including Mexican grey wolf territory). During the overland based adventure, NMBR will cover a variety of topics including area history, vehicle maintenance, overland kit assembly.

Where, When & Pricing

The Ghost Divide Expedition will take place in the week leading up to the Overland Expo; Monday, May 16th through Thursday, May 19th, 2022. Participants will meet the morning of Monday, May 16th in southern New Mexico; the departure location and details will be provided during the GDE registration process. The Overland Expo West begins the morning of Friday, May 20th. Pricing for single driver (single participant) is $891.00 (plus tax). Pricing for each additional participant in vehicle (passengers, second drivers, minors) is $752.00 (plus tax).

Planning & Preparations

The Ghost Divide Expedition will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, meals, and supplies. Services or re-supply of any kind, including cell signals, fuel, food, water, or anything remotely civilized, will be unavailable for stretches of up to 225 miles or more (if re-routes occur).

Go Boldly with NMBR - Over the past decade, New Mexico Black Range has written a series of informative overland travel-based articles (NMBR’s Field Preparedness Manual) with topics ranging from field kit assembly, to vehicle maintenance and upkeep, to equipment and gear advice. These articles, paired with extensive checklists and instructions, are provided to registered participants as a solid foundation for what to expect, how to prepare, and what to bring for the adventure. During the Ghost Divide Expedition pre-trip planning and preparation period, NMBR will be available to provide expert opinion and feedback to registered participants for any questions or concerns related to getting ready and gearing up for the adventure. During the Ghost Divide Expedition, NMBR will revisit many of the topics covered in NMBR’s Field Preparedness Manual with discussions, demonstrations, and lessons. The self-sufficient aspect of NMBR guided expeditions, overland adventures, and training courses challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence.

What past Ghost Dividers are saying…

"Just finished the Ghost Divide Expedition II with Jake Quinones, our guide at New Mexico Backroads and I just can't say enough of what a great time I had. The trip was seamless, the scenery and backcountry was just absolutely beautiful. But our guide made all the difference in the world. His knowledge and history of all the areas were outstanding, making the places we saw come alive. I never questioned his capability or his professionalism at any time. I would and will travel with NMBR many more times in the future! One trip off the bucket list. Now for the rest..." - Debbie W , Northern Arizona

“This was my 2nd trip with NMBR. Will do many more, I hope. Jake runs this like it should be run. Great guy and knows the area. Long days and lots of driving makes sleeping at night easy. One of the best parts of the trip is It brings you together with people that like the same thing as you. Great guide and great people make this trip worth going. Got to see parts of NM and AZ that not many people get to see.” – Pat B , Arkansas

Ghost Divide Expedition Features

Four-Wheeler Magazine -Writer and photographer Michael Rudd highlights his journey on the 2016 Ghost Divide Expedition. LINK - goo.gl/M59YUL

TCT Magazine - Writer and photographer Phillip Jones recounts his experience on the 2015 Ghost Divide Expedition. LINK - goo.gl/FcRgs2 (GDE story starts on page 6)

MOTUS - Zach Berning, Digital Editor at Motus, previews NMBR’s 2015 Ghost Divide Expedition. LINK - goo.gl/5Dg9Az

How to Register

If you are interested in joining NMBR’s 2022 Ghost Divide Expedition to the Overland Expo West, please email jake@newmexicoblackrange.com or submit a request below, and additional driver, vehicle/equipment/provision requirements, and registration details will be provided. Please reach out to NMBR with any questions or feedback you may have.

Overland-based Adventure departing from the Overland Expo West for XL sized overland vehicles – Monday, May 23rd through Thursday, May 26th, 2022 – Professionally guided by New Mexico Black Range’s Jake Quiñones

Register now to reserve your adventure!

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Attention all 2022 Overland Expo West bound overlanders, adventurists, and nomads! If your prospective Overland Expo West trip involves copious amounts of pavement, roadside diners, and dingy motels, consider taking the path less traveled with New Mexico Black Range. Ghost Divide Expedition XL route and experience was created specifically for capable (XL-sized) four-wheel drive overland vehicles (such as large truck/camper combos, truck or SUV and expedition trailer combos, vans, Sprinters, Sportsmobiles, Earth Roamers, Earth Cruisers, and similar vehicle platforms).

GDE Overview

Arizona & New Mexico // 4 Days // 400 Miles // Elev. 4,250 to 9,000 ft. // The Ghost Divide Expedition XL will begin in Flagstaff, Arizona and conclude in New Mexico. Areas of exploration will include Continental Divide, Gila National Forest, White Mountains, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Rim Country, and Coconino National Forest.

The Experience

The Experience: This May, New Mexico Black Range will be guiding a 400-mile expedition leading from the Overland Expo West that will traverse Arizona and New Mexico’s loneliest backroads. Ghost Divide Expedition XL route and experience was created specifically for capable (XL-sized) four-wheel drive overland vehicles (such as large truck/camper combos, truck or SUV and expedition trailer combos, vans, Sprinters, Sportsmobiles, Earth Roamers, Earth Cruisers, and similar vehicle platforms). The GDE-XL route does not feature the tight and technical trail sections of the original Ghost Divide Expedition, but still provides hundreds of miles of rugged and remote backroads appropriate for XL-sized overland rigs. The GDE-XL route will cover three unique regions—Gila National Forest, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, and Coconino National Forest. Over two-thirds of the Ghost Divide Expedition XL route will be comprised of unpaved backroads.

The overland-based tour will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, provisions, meals, and supplies. All nights will include camping and enjoying the company of fellow overlanders, deep in the backcountry. For those that join in, the only guarantee is that they will conclude their adventure with new friends, dirty rigs, big smiles, and an accomplishment that will make their fellow overlanders envious. 

2022 will mark the 12th year NMBR has guided a multi-day expedition in connection with the Overland Expo West. The Ghost Divide Expedition XL route will include a diverse range of scenery, history, terrain, and backroads found nowhere else in North America. Landscapes and terrain will include desert, grassland, chaparral, canyon bottoms, wildland burn scars, and dense forest with elevations ranging from approximately 4,250 to 9,000-feet. Road types and conditions will include washboards, two tracks, primitive non-maintained, graded, mountain shelf, dirt byway, and (least of all) pavement. The Ghost Divide Expedition XL will provide outstanding vistas, historic landmarks, and wildlife viewing opportunities (including Mexican grey wolf territory). During the overland based adventure, NMBR will cover a variety of topics including area history, vehicle maintenance, overland kit assembly, driving techniques, vehicle dynamics/mechanics, and other 4WD-based skill building subjects.

Where, When & Pricing

The Ghost Divide Expedition XL will take place in the week leading up to the Overland Expo West; Monday, May 23rd through Thursday, May 26th, 2022.  Participants will meet the morning of Monday, May 23rd in Flagstaff, Arizona. Pricing for single driver (single participant) is $891.00 (plus tax). Pricing for each additional participant in vehicle (passengers, second drivers, minors) is $752.00 (plus tax).

Planning & Preparations

The Ghost Divide Expedition XL will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, meals, and supplies. Services or re-supply of any kind, including cell signals, fuel, food, water, or anything remotely civilized, will be unavailable for stretches of up to 225 miles or more (if re-routes occur).

Go Boldly with NMBR - Over the past decade, New Mexico Black Range has written a series of informative overland travel-based articles (NMBR’s Field Preparedness Manual) with topics ranging from field kit assembly, to vehicle maintenance and upkeep, to equipment and gear advice. These articles, paired with extensive checklists and instructions, are provided to registered participants as a solid foundation for what to expect, how to prepare, and what to bring for the adventure. During the Ghost Divide Expedition XL pre-trip planning and preparation period, NMBR will be available to provide expert opinion and feedback to registered participants for any questions or concerns related to getting ready and gearing up for the adventure. During the Ghost Divide Expedition XL, NMBR will revisit many of the topics covered in NMBR’s Field Preparedness Manual with discussions, demonstrations, and lessons. The self-sufficient aspect of NMBR guided expeditions, overland adventures, and training courses challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence.

What past Ghost Dividers are saying…

"Just finished the Ghost Divide Expedition II with Jake Quinones, our guide at New Mexico Backroads and I just can't say enough of what a great time I had. The trip was seamless, the scenery and backcountry was just absolutely beautiful. But our guide made all the difference in the world. His knowledge and history of all the areas were outstanding, making the places we saw come alive. I never questioned his capability or his professionalism at any time. I would and will travel with NMBR many more times in the future! One trip off the bucket list. Now for the rest..." - Debbie W , Northern Arizona

“This was my 2nd trip with NMBR. Will do many more, I hope. Jake runs this like it should be run. Great guy and knows the area. Long days and lots of driving makes sleeping at night easy. One of the best parts of the trip is It brings you together with people that like the same thing as you. Great guide and great people make this trip worth going. Got to see parts of NM and AZ that not many people get to see.” – Pat B , Arkansas

How to Register

If you are interested in joining NMBR’s 2022 Ghost Divide Expedition XL, please email jake@newmexicoblackrange.com or submit a request below, and additional driver, vehicle/equipment/provision requirements, and registration details will be provided. Please reach out to NMBR with any questions or feedback you may have.

Gila Legends Expedition [GLE]: Monday, July 11th through Thursday, July 14th, 2022 - NMBR's Grand Traverse of the Gila Region – Guided by NMBR’s Jake Quiñones

Overview

Monday, July 11th through Thursday, July 14th, 2022 // New Mexico’s Gila Region // Approximate Route Distance: 300-Miles // Approximate Elevation Range: 4,375 to 9,750-Feet // New Mexico Black Range’s flagship expedition and experience—the Southwest’s most remote and rugged traversal route. Areas of exploration will include Gila East, Black Range, Gila West, Gila North, and Continental Divide.

The Experience

This July, New Mexico Backroads will be guiding a four-day [300-mile] expedition that will traverse New Mexico’s vast and diverse Gila region. NMBR has guided American Expedition Vehicles, General Motors, Dometic USA, and a multitude of enthusiasts seeking adventure along the epic Gila Legends Expedition route. The Gila Legends Expedition, NMBR’s flagship expedition and experience, was featured in Overland Journal and by Expedition Portal. This “expedition of a lifetime” includes a diverse range of scenery, history, terrain, and backroads found nowhere else in North America. Route landscape features will include desert, grassland, chaparral, canyon bottoms, and dense forest with elevations ranging from 4,375 to 9,750-feet. Areas of exploration will include Gila East, Black Range, Gila West, Gila North, and Continental Divide. The Gila Legends Expedition route will skirt the world’s first established wilderness areas—the Gila Wilderness & Aldo Leopold Wilderness. Road types and conditions will include washboards, two tracks, primitive non-maintained, graded, mountain shelf, dirt byway and (least of all) pavement. The Gila Legends Expedition will provide outstanding vistas, historic landmarks, wildlife viewing opportunities (including Mexican grey wolf territory), and aggressive elevation contours. During the overland based adventure, NMBR will cover a variety of topics including area history, vehicle maintenance, overland kit overview, driving techniques, vehicle dynamics, and other overland-based skill building subjects.

Where, When & Pricing

The Gila Legends Expedition will take place Monday, July 11th through Thursday, July 14th, 2022. Pricing for single driver (single participant) is $859.00 (plus tax). Pricing for each additional participant in vehicle (passengers, second drivers, minors) is $723.00 (plus tax). Please note: Due to the remote setting of NMBR's overland and expedition traversal routes, services of any kind, including cell, fuel, food, water, resupply, and/or medical services may be unavailable for stretches of 225-miles or more (if re-routes occur).

Planning & Preparations

The Gila Legends Expedition will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, meals, and supplies. Services or re-supply of any kind, including cell signals, fuel, food, water, or anything remotely civilized, will be unavailable for stretches of up to 225 miles or more (if re-routes occur). Southwestern Monsoon Season: This NMBR trip/tour will take place during the Southwest’s Monsoon Season where summer rain storms can occur. In this, weather, road, and camp conditions could provide rainy and muddy at various points along the route. Participants will need to prepare accordingly and bring the appropriate all-weather clothing, gear, and shelter. If these possible conditions don’t appeal to you, or outside of your comfort zone for overland travels, please consider NMBR’s other trip/tour offerings.

Go Boldly with NMBR - Over the past decade, NMBR has written a series of informative overland travel-based articles (NMBR’s Field Preparedness Manual) with topics ranging from field kit assembly, to vehicle maintenance and upkeep, to equipment and gear advice. These articles, paired with extensive checklists and instructions, are provided to registered participants as a solid foundation for what to expect, how to prepare, and what to bring for the adventure. During the Gila Legends Expedition pre-trip planning and preparation period, NMBR will be available to provide expert opinion and feedback to registered participants for any questions or concerns related to getting ready and gearing up for the adventure. The self-sufficient aspect of NMBR guided expeditions, overland adventures, and training courses challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence. 

Register

Ready for your next great adventure? If you are interested in joining the Gila Legends Expedition, or would like to receive extended details for the tour, please  email jake@newmexicoblackrange.com and additional driver/equipment requirements and registration information will be provided. Or send a message through the contact page.

River to the Sky Expedition [RTS]

Monday, July 25th to Thursday, July 28th, 2022: Expedition-based traverse of the remote backcountry and rugged backroads of the Rio Grande Rift and San Juan Mountains – Guided by NMBR’s Jake Quiñones.

Expedition Preview

Visit NMBR’s River to the Sky Expedition photo gallery to preview the route. LINK - https://bit.ly/2Daxcje

Expedition Overview

Monday, July 25th to Thursday, July 28th, 2022 // Northern New Mexico & Southern Colorado // 4 Days & 3 Nights // Approximate Route Distance: 250-Miles // Approximate Elevation Range: 6,500 to 12,500 ft. // NMBR’s wild and spectacular New Mexico to Colorado overland traversal route. Areas of exploration will include Sangre de Christo Mountains, San Juan Mountains, and Continental Divide.

The Experience

This July, New Mexico Backroads will be guiding a four-day expedition that captivates the best of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado’s backcountry. A route and experience five years in the making, the River to the Sky Expedition charts the Rio Grande River’s path from the Taos Plateau to its headwaters high above tree line. Landscape features will include high desert, chaparral, dense forest, and alpine with elevations ranging from 6,500 to 12,500-feet. Areas of exploration will include Sangre de Christo Mountains, San Juan Mountains, and Continental Divide. Road types and conditions will include washboards, two tracks, primitive non-maintained, graded, mountain shelf, dirt byway, and (least of all) pavement.

The RTS will provide outstanding views, an incredible range of scenery, backcountry camping, and aggressive elevation contours. Please note: Due to the vast amount of terrain that must be covered during the RTS, this expedition is geared towards overlanders that “drive to thrive”—meaning the trip will feature long drive days, widely varying road types/conditions, and minimal instruction/education sessions. For those individuals seeking an overland experience provides more skills training and educational content, NMBR’s Gila Overland, Gila Legends Expedition, Overland Training, and Camino del Tesoro may provide better suited options.

Where, When & Pricing

The River to the Sky Expedition will take place Monday, July 25th to Thursday, July 28th, 2022. Participants will meet the morning of Monday, July 25th in northern New Mexico; the exact departure location and details will be provided during the registration process. Pricing for single driver (single participant) is $884.00 (plus tax). Pricing for each additional participant in vehicle (passengers, second drivers, minors) is $756.00 (plus tax). Please note: Due to the remote setting of NMBR's overland and expedition traversal routes, services of any kind, including cell, fuel, food, water, resupply, and/or medical services may be unavailable for stretches of 150-miles or more (if re-routes occur).

Planning & Preparations

The River to the Sky Expedition will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, meals, and supplies. Services or re-supply of any kind, including cell signals, fuel, food, water, or anything remotely civilized, will be unavailable for stretches of up to 150 miles or more (if re-routes occur).

Go Boldly with NMBR - Over the past decade, NMBR has written a series of informative overland travel-based articles (NMBR’s Field Preparedness Manual) with topics ranging from field kit assembly, to vehicle maintenance and upkeep, to equipment and gear advice. These articles, paired with extensive checklists and instructions, are provided to registered participants as a solid foundation for what to expect, how to prepare, and what to bring for the adventure. During the RTS pre-trip planning and preparation period, NMBR will be available to provide expert opinions and feedback to registered participants for any questions or concerns related to getting ready and gearing up for the adventure. The self-sufficient aspect of NMBR guided expeditions, overland adventures, and training courses challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence.

Register

Ready for your next great adventure? If you are interested in joining NMBR's River to the Sky Expedition, or would like to receive extended details for experience, please email jake@newmexicoblackrange.com and additional driver/equipment requirements and registration information will be provided.

New Mexico Black Range LLC is an equal opportunity provider operating under a special permit administered by the USDA Forest Service, Carson National Forest

Banditos Expedition [BEX] Ready for your next great (full-sized) adventure?

Monday, August 1st through Thursday, August 4th, 2022 – Full-size truck tour and rugged backroads traverse of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico – Guided by NMBR’s Jake Quinones

BEX Preview

Visit NMBR’s Colorado Exploration photo gallery to preview portions of the BEX the route. LINK - https://bit.ly/2Daxcje

BEX Overview

NMBR’s Colorado and New Mexico overland traversal route specifically tailored for capable full-sized 4WD trucks. Areas of exploration will include the Sawatch Range, Sangre de Christo Mountains and San Juan Mountains.

Monday, August 1st through Thursday, August 4th, 2022 // Southern Colorado & Northern New Mexico // 4 Days & 3 Nights // Approximate Route Distance: 250-Miles // Approximate Elevation Range: 7,000 to 12,000 ft.

Important: Please inquire with NMBR to ensure your full-sized truck’s capabilities, equipment, and dimensions are appropriate for the Banditos Expedition.

The Experience

This August, New Mexico Black Range will be guiding a four-day full-sized truck tour and expedition that follows some of Colorado and New Mexico’s best backroads. The Banditos Expedition route and experience is specifically geared towards capable full-sized pick-up trucks. Landscape features will include high desert, chaparral, dense forest, and alpine with elevations ranging from 6,500 to 12,500-feet. Areas of exploration will include Sawatch Range, Sangre de Christo Mountains and San Juan Mountains. Road types and conditions will include washboards, two tracks, primitive non-maintained, graded, mountain shelf, dirt byway, and (least of all) pavement. The BEX will provide outstanding views, an incredible range of scenery, backcountry camping, and aggressive elevation contours. Please note: Due to the vast amount of terrain that must be covered during the BEX, this expedition is geared towards overlanders that “drive to thrive”—meaning the trip will feature long drive days, widely varying road types/conditions, and minimal instruction/education sessions. For those individuals seeking an overland experience provides more skills training and educational content, NMBR’s Gila Overland, Gila Legends Expedition, EXP-4WD Training, and Camino del Tesoro may provide better suited options.

Where, When & Pricing

The Banditos Expedition will take place Monday, August 1st through Thursday, August 4th, 2022. The BEX start and finish point/location details will be provided during the registration process. Pricing for single driver (single participant) is $884.00 (plus tax). Pricing for each additional participant in vehicle (passengers, second drivers, minors) is $756.00 (plus tax).

More about NMBR’s trips/tours

New Mexico Black Range’s expeditions and overland adventures involve long drive days traversing remote backroads, primitive two tracks, and forest roads, and making camp deep in the backcountry. While NMBR’s overland adventure and expedition routes are rugged, for the most part, they do not include the rock gardens, dry waterfalls, and boulder scaling associated with most single day trail rides (or rock crawling). If you are looking to engage your lockers and conquer tough trail obstacles akin to King of the Hammers or the Dusy Ershim, this particular trip offering may not be suited for you. The challenge of an NMBR expedition or overland adventure involves hundreds of miles of demanding road conditions, long drive days, varying weather, high altitude, multiple days without access to fuel or resupply services, and being fully self-supportive in an outdoor/overland setting.

Where & When

The Banditos Expedition will take place Monday, August 2nd through Thursday, August 5th, 2021. The exact trip departure and conclusion locations will be provided during the registration process. 

Planning & Preparations

The Banditos Expedition will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, meals, and supplies. Services or re-supply of any kind, including cell signals, fuel, food, water, or anything remotely civilized, will be unavailable for stretches of up to 150 miles or more (if re-routes occur).

Go Boldly with NMBR - Over the past decade, NMBR has written a series of informative overland travel-based articles (NMBR’s Field Preparedness Manual) with topics ranging from field kit assembly, to vehicle maintenance and upkeep, to equipment and gear advice. These articles, paired with extensive checklists and instructions, are provided to registered participants as a solid foundation for what to expect, how to prepare, and what to bring for the adventure. During the RTS pre-trip planning and preparation period, NMBR will be available to provide expert opinions and feedback to registered participants for any questions or concerns related to getting ready and gearing up for the adventure. The self-sufficient aspect of NMBR guided expeditions, overland adventures, and training courses challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence.

Register

Ready for your next great (full-sized) adventure? If you are interested in joining NMBR's Bantitos Expedition, or would like to receive extended details for experience, please email jake@newmexicoblackrange.com and additional driver/equipment requirements and registration information will be provided.

New Mexico Black Range LLC is an equal opportunity provider operating under a special permit administered by the USDA Forest Service, Carson National Forest

Rockies Road Trip [RRT]

If your prospective Overland Expo Mountain West trip currently consist of copious amounts pavement and dull interstate travels, consider airing-down, engaging 4WD, and taking the path less traveled with New Mexico Black Range.

NMBR's Rockies Road Trip will zig-zag across Colorado’s backroads over high mountain passes, along rushing rivers, and through colorful mountain towns. Landscape features will include canyons, chaparral, dense forest, and alpine tundra with elevations ranging from 7,000 to 12,900-feet. Ready for your next great adventure?

RRT Overview

High-country traversal of Colorado’s spectacular Rocky Mountains en-route to the Overland Expo Mountain West. Monday, August 22nd through Thursday, August 25th, 2022 // 4 Days & 3 Nights // Approximate route distance 250 Miles // Approximate elevation range 7,000 to 12,900 ft.

RRT Preview

Visit NMBR’s Colorado Exploration photo gallery to preview the sections of the RRT route and experience. LINK - https://bit.ly/2Daxcje

The Experience

This August, New Mexico Black Range will be leading an all-new overland traversal and experience that will traverse Colorado’s iconic high-country. The Rockies Road Trip will zig-zag across Colorado’s backroads over high mountain passes, along rushing rivers, and through colorful mountain towns. Landscape features will include canyons, chaparral, dense forest, and alpine tundra with elevations ranging from 7,000 to 12,900-feet. Road types and conditions will include washboards, two tracks, primitive non-maintained, graded, mountain shelf, dirt byway, and (least of all) pavement. The RRT will provide outstanding views, an incredible range of scenery, backcountry camping, and aggressive elevation contours. For those that join in, the only guarantee is that they will conclude their adventure with new friends, dirty rigs, big smiles, and an accomplishment that will make their fellow overlanders envious.

Drive to Thrive

Due to the vast amount of terrain that must be covered during the RRT, this expedition is geared towards overlanders that “drive to thrive”—meaning the trip will likely feature long drive days, widely varying road types/conditions, and minimal instruction/education sessions. For those individuals seeking an overland experience provides more skills training and educational content, NMBR’s Gila Overland, Gila Legends Expedition, EXP-4WD Training, and Camino del Tesoro may provide better suited options.

Rockies road trip

Where, When & Pricing

The Rockies Road Trip will take place Monday, August 22nd through Thursday, August 25th, 2022. Participants will meet the morning of Monday, August 22nd in a historical Colorado mountain town; the exact departure location and details will be provided during the registration process. Pricing for single driver (single participant) is $891.00 (plus tax). Pricing for each additional participant in vehicle (passengers, second drivers, minors) is $752.00 (plus tax).

Planning & Preparations

The Rockies Road Trip will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, meals, and supplies. Services or re-supply­ of any kind, including cell signals, fuel, food, water, or anything remotely civilized, will be unavailable for stretches of up to 150 miles or more (if re-routes occur).

Go Boldly with NMBR - Over the past decade, NMBR has written a series of informative overland travel-based articles (NMBR’s Field Preparedness Manual) with topics ranging from field kit assembly, to vehicle maintenance and upkeep, to equipment and gear advice. These articles, paired with extensive checklists and instructions, are provided to registered participants as a solid foundation for what to expect, how to prepare, and what to bring for the adventure. During the RRT pre-trip planning and preparation period, NMBR will be available to provide expert opinions and feedback to registered participants for any questions or concerns related to getting ready and gearing up for the adventure. The self-sufficient aspect of NMBR guided expeditions, overland adventures, and training courses challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence. 

Register

Ready for your next great adventure? If you are interested in joining NMBR's Rockies Road Trip, or would like to receive extended details for experience, please email jake@newmexicoblackrange.com or send a note via the contact box below and additional driver/equipment requirements and registration information will be provided.

Summer El Coyote Expedition [ECE]: Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11th, 2022 (Epic Weekender) – New Mexico Black Range’s “Master of the Wild” ultra-traverse and circumnavigation of the Gila – Guided by NMBR’s Jake Quiñones

Overview

Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11th, 2022 // New Mexico’s Gila Region // Approximate Route Distance: 325 to 350-Miles // Approximate Elevation Range: 4,375 to 9,000-Feet // Areas of exploration will include Gila East, Gila North, Black Range, and Great Divide Trail // New Mexico Black Range’s newest and boldest Gila traversal is geared towards overlanders with moderate to advanced experience levels. The El Coyote Expedition will include a faster pace, longer drive days, minimal instruction and education sessions, and prove more rigorous than NMBR’s other overland-based adventures. Visit the NMBR’s New Mexico Gila Adventure photo gallery for a preview of the El Coyote Expedition experience. LINK - goo.gl/UsrcF6

The Experience

This September, New Mexico Black Range will be leading an epic expedition route and experience through the heart of the Southwest’s wildest and most remote region—the 3.3-million-acre Gila National Forest. NMBR created the El Coyote Expedition specifically to captivate the purpose, pace, and rigors associated with NMBR’s regular non-guided fieldwork and scouting missions. The El Coyote Expedition combines two of NMBR’s remote fieldwork and scouting routes into a three-day monumental circumnavigation of the Gila’s farthest reaches. Seasoned and skilled overlanders “Masters of the Wild”, that desire long drive days, a brisk pace, and a full gamut of rugged terrain, will thrive during this adventure. Due to widely varying weather patterns, summertime overland travels through the Gila region often entails challenging backroad and camp conditions due to the Southwestern Monsoon Season. Those that enjoy a more leisurely pace, less demanding driving conditions, more frequent scenic stops/breaks, and expanded educational and training opportunities should consider NMBR’s other overland-based trip offerings.

NMBR has guided portions of the El Coyote Expedition route for American Expedition Vehicles and General Motors as they tested their vehicles against a variety of harsh terrain and rigorous driving conditions. The ECE route includes a diverse range of scenery, history, terrain, and backroads found nowhere else in North America. Landscapes and terrain will include desert, savannah, grassland, chaparral, canyon bottoms, ponderosa parks, and dense forest with elevations ranging from 4,375 to 9,000-feet. Areas of exploration will include Gila East, Black Range, Gila West, Gila North, and Continental Divide. The ECE route will pass through the northern end of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range as well as the Southern tail of the Rockies, all while skirting the world’s first established wilderness areas—the Gila Wilderness & Aldo Leopold Wilderness. Road types and conditions will include washboards, two tracks, primitive non-maintained, graded, mountain shelf, dirt byway and (least of all) pavement. The ECE will provide outstanding landscapes, wildlife viewing opportunities (including Mexican grey wolf territory), and aggressive elevation contours.

Where, When & Pricing

The Summer El Coyote Expedition will take place Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11th, 2022. Participants will meet the morning of Friday, July 9th in southern New Mexico; the exact departure location and details will be provided during the registration process. Pricing for single driver (single participant) is $662.00 (plus tax). Pricing for each additional participant in vehicle (passengers, second drivers, minors) is $548.00 (plus tax). Please note: Due to the remote setting of NMBR's overland and expedition traversal routes, services of any kind, including cell, fuel, food, water, resupply, and/or medical services may be unavailable for stretches of 225-miles or more (if re-routes occur).

Planning & Preparations

The El Coyote Expedition will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, meals, and supplies. Services or re-supply of any kind, including cell signals, fuel, food, water, or anything remotely civilized, will be unavailable for stretches of up to 225 miles or more (if re-routes occur). Southwestern Monsoon Season: This NMBR trip/tour will take place during the Southwest’s Monsoon Season where summer rain storms can occur. In this, weather, road, and camp conditions could provide rainy and muddy at various points along the route. Participants will need to prepare accordingly and bring the appropriate all-weather clothing, gear, and shelter. If these possible conditions don’t appeal to you, or outside of your comfort zone for overland travels, please consider NMBR’s other trip/tour offerings.

Go Boldly with NMBR - Over the past decade, NMBR has written a series of informative overland travel-based articles (NMBR’s Field Preparedness Manual) with topics ranging from field kit assembly, to vehicle maintenance and upkeep, to equipment and gear advice. These articles, paired with extensive checklists and instructions, are provided to registered participants as a solid foundation for what to expect, how to prepare, and what to bring for the adventure. During the El Coyote Expedition pre-trip planning and preparation period, NMBR will be available to provide expert opinion and feedback to registered participants for any questions or concerns related to getting ready and gearing up for the adventure. The self-sufficient aspect of NMBR guided expeditions, overland adventures, and training courses challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence.

Register

Ready for your next great adventure? If you are interested in joining the Summer El Coyote  Expedition, or would like to receive extended details for the tour, please  email jake@newmexicoblackrange.com and additional driver/equipment requirements and registration information will be provided. Or send a message through the contact page.

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