Ghost Divide Expedition II – Overland from the Expo - Monday, May 18th through Friday, May 22nd
Two separate Ghost Divide Expeditions will be offered for 2015. The Ghost Divide Expedition [Original] will take place Sunday, May 10th through Thursday, May 14th, departing from Southern New Mexico and ending at the Overland Expo WEST. The Ghost Divide Expedition II will take place Monday, May 18th through Friday, May 22nd, departing from the Overland Expo WEST and ending in Southern New Mexico. The Ghost Divide Expeditions will be identical with the exception of the direction the route is traveled—all other details, pricing and requirements will remain the same. Overview & Invite: This spring, New Mexico Backroads will be guiding two separate five day [500-mile] expeditions that will traverse some of New Mexico and Arizona’s loneliest backroads. The Ghost Divide Expedition [Original] will lead to the 2015 Overland Expo WEST; the Ghost Divide Expedition II will lead from the 2015 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 roads. The Ghost Divide Expeditions will provide a demanding [yet rewarding] experience—the days will be long, the roads will be unforgiving, and the pace will be brisk. The Ghost Divide Expeditions will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, and supplies. All nights will include camping and enjoying the company of fellow overlanders, deep in the backcountry. Services of any kind, including cell, fuel, or anything remotely civilized, will be unavailable for stretches of up to 225-miles. For the Ghost Divide Expeditions, New Mexico Backroads seeks the most self-sufficient, open-minded, and good spirited overlanders.
Where & When: The Ghost Divide Expedition [Original] will take place during the week leading up to the Overland Expo WEST—Sunday, May 10th through Thursday, May 14th. Participants will meet the morning of Sunday May 10th in Southern New Mexico; the exact time and departure location will be announced to participants on April 1st. The Overland Expo WEST begins the morning of Friday, May 15th and ends the evening of Sunday, May 17th. The Ghost Divide Expedition II will take place during the week following the Overland Expo WEST—Monday, May 18th through Friday, May 22nd. Participants will meet the morning of Monday, May 18th at Mormon Lake [site of the Overland Expo WEST]; the exact departure time will be announced to participants on April 1st. Preparations: In the time leading up to the Ghost Divide Expeditions, participants [or Ghost Dividers] will be provided with helpful information on how to prepare for the adventure and what to expect. An extensive list of essential and recommended supplies/equipment/gear will be provided accompanied with advice, tips, and tricks. The self sufficient aspect of NMBR guided expeditions [and other 4WD based adventures] challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence. The Experience: The 500-mile Ghost Divide Expeditions will include a diverse range of scenery and terrain including desert, grassland, chaparral, forest, rivers, canyons, creeks, lakes, and wildland burn scars. Road types and conditions will include canyon bottom narrows, washboards, rutted two tracks, primitive non-maintained, graded, mountain shelf, and [least of all] paved highway. The Ghost Divide Expeditions will feature outstanding vistas, dozens of water crossings, historic landmarks, wildlife viewing opportunities [including Mexican grey wolf territory], and aggressive elevation contours [between 4,000 and 9,000 feet]. Important: Services of any kind, including cell, fuel, will be unavailable for stretches of up to 225-miles. No Persons Under 18-Years of Age – No Pets (Service dogs only; they must be controlled and supervised at all times)
This year’s Ghost Divide Expeditions route will be the longest, roughest and best yet. For those that join in, the only guarantee is that they will conclude their adventure with new friends, dirty rigs, big smiles, and stories that will make their fellow overlanders envious.
For photos of previous Ghost Divide Expeditions, please visit NMBR’s online gallery HERE
Video sneak peak HERE
Please Email [NMBackroads at Gmail.com] for full Ghost Divide Expeditions details, cost and registration information.