April 2022: Spring Expedition & 4WD Training (EXP-4WD) – Friday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 24th – Southern New Mexico Training Traversal

NMBR’s Spring Expedition & 4WD Training [EXP-4WD]

Friday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 24th, 2022 – A rugged, remote, and immersive four-wheel drive and expedition/overland travel skill building experience presented by NMBR’s Jake Quiñones


New Mexico’s Gila Region – Black Range & Continental Divide // Friday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 24th, 2022 // 3 Days & 2 Nights // Approximate training route distance: 125-Miles // Approximate training route elevation range: 4,250 to 7,875-Feet // Visit NMBR’s Gila Overland photo gallery to preview the terrain and landscapes that will captivate NMBR’s EXP-4WD Training experience LINK - goo.gl/UsrcF6

The Experience

This April, NMBR will be providing an intensive four-wheel drive and expedition/overlanding skills overview and training program that will cover a host of subjects including (but not limited to) driving techniques and terrain negotiation, vehicle maintenance and preservation, vehicle recovery techniques, and overland kit assembly. The in-field program is primarily geared towards beginner and intermediate level overland enthusiasts who are looking to jump-start or boost their knowledge, experience, and confidence levels. For advanced skill level overlanders, NMBR’s EXP-4WD Training provides a comprehensive refresher or brush-up course that will [undoubtedly] provide new tips and tricks. New Mexico Black Range has provided this training course to a multitude of four-wheel drive and overland enthusiasts, companies, and government agencies including U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement.

The three day in-field program will unfold during a 125-mile overland traverse of the rugged and remote 3.3-million-acre Gila National Forest. The backdrop for NMBR’s EXP-4WD Training route will include a diverse range of scenery including grassland, chaparral, canyon bottoms, and mountainous forests with elevations ranging from 4,250 to 7,875-feet. Areas of exploration will include the Gila National Forest’s Black Range, Gila West, and Gila North. Road types and conditions will include washboards, two tracks, primitive non-maintained, graded, mountain shelf, dirt byway and (least of all) pavement. 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 strengthened skills, new friends, dirty rigs, big smiles, and an accomplishment that will make their fellow overlanders envious. 

Where, When & Pricing

NMBR’s Spring EXP-4WD Training will take place Friday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 24th, 2022. Participants will meet the morning of Friday, April 16th in southern New Mexico; the exact departure location and details will be provided during the registration process.  Pricing for single driver (single participant) is $893.00 (plus tax). Pricing for each additional participant in vehicle (passengers, second drivers, minors) is $754.00 (plus tax).

NMBR’s EXP-4WD Subject Matter

All of NMBR’s in-field training is straightforward, logical, and step-by-step. NMBR’s EXP-4WD Training course covers these main subjects:

Expedition/Overlanding Overview: Gearing up and kit assembly; What to take into the field (4WD/Overland specific with tool, equipment, provision, and kits overview); Provision and supply conservation; Safety; Vehicle based-camp tips and tricks; Assigning purpose to every mile of the journey (from planning to post-trip)

Vehicle Dynamics and Operation (off-pavement application specific): Overview of vehicle 4WD system operation, under-hood, suspension system, steering system, traction factors, tires/air-pressure

Vehicle Care and Preservation: Preventative maintenance, vehicle check-ups, and careful driving techniques to help ensure the conservation of vehicle, equipment, and resource (failure and damage avoidance)

Traversing Challenging Terrain/Conditions: Safe, environmentally responsible, and effective terrain negotiation (driving techniques for a variety of off-pavement situations)

Basic Field Vehicle Repair and Issue Resolution: The basics for addressing vehicle issues far from the beaten path utilizing the available resources

Vehicle Recovery & Lifting: Utilizing safe and effective means of vehicle recovery utilizing the proper recovery equipment (non-winching applications for vehicles without winches); Utilizing safe and effective means of lifting vehicles for recovery/repairs

Planning & Preparations

NMBR’s Spring EXP-4WD Training will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, meals, and supplies/provisions. 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). Sound enticing? Please, read on…

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 NMBR’s EXP-4WD Training participants to serve as a solid foundation for what to expect, how to prepare, and what to bring for the in-field program. During the pre-training planning and preparation period, NMBR will be available to provide expert opinion and feedback for any questions or concerns related to getting ready and gearing up. The self-sufficient aspect of EXP-4WD Training challenges and prepares trainees for their future 4WD and overland based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence.


Ready for your next great adventure? If you are interested in joining NMBR's Spring EXP-4WD Training, or would like to receive extended details for the program, please email jake@newmexicoblackrange.com and additional driver/equipment requirements and registration information will be provided.

NMBR also provides in-field private EXP-4WD Training programs for those individuals, groups, agencies, and companies seeking specific dates and training needs. Contact NMBR for details.

Published on: 
November 13, 2019

Scheduled Overland Adventures, Expeditions & EXP-4WD Training

February 2022: Winter Gila Overland [WGO]: Friday, Feb 25th through Sunday, Feb 27th, 2022 – NMBR's Winter Season Gila National Forest Traversal Read More
March 2022: Spring El Coyote Expedition (ECE) – Friday, March 25th through Sunday, March 27th – New Mexico Gila National Forest Ultra-Traversal Read More
April 2022: Spring Expedition & 4WD Training (EXP-4WD) – Friday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 24th – Southern New Mexico Training Traversal Read More
May 2022: Ghost Divide Expedition [GDE]: Monday, May 16th through Thursday, May 19th, 2022 - Adventure to the Overland Expo West Read More
May 2022: Ghost Divide Expedition XL [GDE-XL]: Monday, May 23rd through Thursday, May 26th, 2022 - Adventure after the Overland Expo West Read More
June 2022: Summer Expedition & 4WD Training (EXP-4WD) – Friday, June 17th through Sunday, June 19th – Southern New Mexico Training Traversal Read More
July 2022: Gila Legends Expedition [GLE]: Monday, July 11th through Thursday, July 14th, 2022 - NMBR's Grand Traverse of the Gila Region Read More
July 2022: River to the Sky Expedition (RTS) – Monday, July 25th through Thursday, July 28th – New Mexico and Colorado Traversal Read More
August 2022: Banditos Expedition (BEX) – Monday, August 1st through Thursday, August 4th – Full-size truck tour and rugged backroads traverse of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico Read More
August 2022: Overland Expo Mountain West Based Adventure: Rockies Road Trip (RRT) – Monday, August 22nd through Thursday, August 25th – Colorado Traversal to the Overland Expo Mountain West Read More
September 2022 – Summer El Coyote Expedition (ECE) – Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11th – New Mexico Gila National Forest Ultra-Traversal Read More
September 2022: Fall Camino del Tesoro (CDT) – Monday, September 26th through Thursday, September 29th – Spectacular Fall Scenery Colorado and New Mexico Traversal Read More
October 2022: Fall Expedition & 4WD Training [EXP-4WD]: Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th, 2022 – NMBR's rugged, remote, and immersive skill building experience Read More
October 2022: Fall Gila Overland [FGO]: Friday, October 21st through Sunday, October 23rd, 2022 – NMBR'S Golden Season Gila National Forest Traversal Read More

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