2017 Overland Expo WEST based expeditions professionally organized and guided by Jake Quinones of New Mexico Backroads
Ghost Divide Expedition [Original] – Overland to the Expo - Sunday, May 7th through Thursday, May 11th, 2017 & Ghost Divide Expedition II – Overland from the Expo - Monday, May 15th through Friday, May 19th, 2017
GDE 17 Invite & Preview:
Attention all 2017 Overland Expo West bound Overlanders, Adventurists & Nomads! For immediate release! NMBR announces the 2017 Ghost Divide Expeditions! If your prospective 2017 Overland Expo WEST trip involves copious amounts of pavement, consider airing-down, engaging 4WD, and taking the path less traveled with New Mexico Backroads. Due to high demand, NMBR will be guiding two separate five day [500-mile] GDE expeditions for 2017. Register now to reserve your adventure! Visit the NMBR’s New Mexico Gila photo gallery for a preview of the Ghost Divide Expeditions experience LINKED HERE
The Ghost Divide Expeditions Experience:
This May, NMBR will be guiding two separate 500-mile expeditions that will traverse New Mexico and Arizona’s loneliest backroads. The Ghost Divide Expedition [Original] will lead to the 2017 Overland Expo WEST; the Ghost Divide Expedition II will lead from the 2017 Overland Expo WEST. Both Ghost Divide Expeditions will follow the same route and cover three unique areas—Gila National Forest, White Mountains, and Mogollon Rim. Over two-thirds of the Ghost Divide Expeditions route will be comprised of unpaved backroads. The Ghost Divide Expeditions will provide a demanding (yet rewarding) experience—the days will be long, the terrain will be rugged, and the pace will be brisk. The Ghost Divide Expeditions 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.
2017 will mark the 6th year New Mexico Backroads has guided expeditions in connection with the Overland Expo WEST; this year’s route will be the longest, roughest, and best yet. 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 9,575-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 Expeditions 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 tool kit assembly, driving techniques, vehicle dynamics, and other 4WD-based skill building subjects.
For the Ghost Divide Expeditions, New Mexico Backroads seeks the most self-sufficient, open-minded, and good spirited overlanders.
Where & When:
Ghost Divide Expedition Original - GDE “Overland to the Expo” will take place in the week leading up to the Overland Expo; Sunday, May 7th through Thursday, May 11th, 2017. Participants will meet the morning of Sunday, May 7th in Southern New Mexico; the exact time and departure location will be provided during the GDE17 registration process.
The Overland Expo WEST begins the morning of Friday, May 12th and ends the evening of Sunday, May 14th.
The Ghost Divide Expedition II - GDEII will take place during the week following the Overland Expo WEST—Monday, May 15th through Friday, May 19th. Participants will meet the morning of Monday, May 15th in Flagstaff, AZ (at the Overland Expo WEST venue); the exact time and departure location will be provided during the GDE17 registration process.
Planning & Preparations:
During the Ghost Divide Expeditions, NMBR will revisit many of the topics that were covered in the pre-trip period with related in field demonstrations and discussions. The self-sufficiency and skills building aspect of NMBR’s guided expeditions and overland adventures challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence.
What past Ghost Dividers are saying about the experience:
"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 Expeditions Features:
TCT Magazine - Writer and photographer Phillip Jones recounts his experience on the 2015 Ghost Divide Expedition LINKED HERE (GDE story starts on page 6)
Motus - Zach Berning, Digital Editor at Motus, previews NMBR’s 2015 Ghost Divide Expeditions LINKED HERE
Revolution Expedition - Adventurist Terry Baker recounts his experience on the 2015 Ghost Divide Expedition LINKED HERE
About New Mexico Backroads' 4WD/Overland Guiding Services:
USFS Authorized Overland Outfitter/Guide - New Mexico Backroads provides expedition and overland guide services for adventurists seeking rugged 4WD routes, unparalleled scenery, and professional guidance in the backcountry.
New Mexico Backroads is a U.S Forest Service permitted/authorized outfitter/guide that provides services in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forests, Carson National Forest, Coconino National Forest, Gila National Forest and other southwesten USA regions.