Into the Gila: The Plains of San Agustin

The Very Large Array (VLA) is a radio astronomy observatory located on the Plains of San Agustin—it was the starting point for the recent NMBR Gila Exploration.

As certain routes into the Gila Wilderness from this direction can take 2 or 3 days (traversing 175+ miles of rough dirt roads), fuel tanks should be topped off in Magdalena or Datil before entering this remote region.
Please note that preparations for backcountry travels go far beyond a full tank of gas.


Into the Gila: Rough Road Ahead

Tomb of a Legend, Forgotten Lookout, Lost Roads, Continental Divide, Carpet of Fern, Fireside Feast, Squatter's Paradise, Dusk Radiance, Creatures' Haven, Dead Grove, Forest Inferno and More...
Epic Gila Travels Ahead--Stay Tuned…


Travels Ahead

Temperatures on the dusty desert plains are now hovering above 100F. In an attempt to beat the heat, I'll be seeking refuge in the cool mountains of the Gila Wilderness in the coming weeks. New Mexico Backroads’ summer travels will also include wanderings through the backcountry of Northern New Mexico and Colorado. While fall and winter provide the peak season for Southern New Mexico desert exploration, I won’t be ignoring my extended backyard. The Southern New Mexico desert will provide epic evenings of summer monsoons and sunlit cloud formations. Stay Tuned for summer—New Mexico Backroads style.