Who: A few good overlanders. Limited to participants of Overland Expo 2011 (Day Pass or Overland Experience) seeking an overland route to OX11. Only the most self-sufficient, open-minded & good spirited overlanders need apply
What: A fast paced 260-mile overland adventure through the Borderland to the Overland Expo. Nearly two thirds of the route will be dirt!
Where: Southern New Mexico & Southern Arizona (Lordsburg, NM to Amado, AZ)
When: Wednesday, March 30th & Thursday, March 31st, 2011 Looking to go the road less traveled to Overland Expo 2011? New Mexico Backroads will be guiding a two day adventure that will traverse some of the regions’ loneliest roads. Scenery along the Borderland Overland route will include desert, grasslands and forest. Nearly two thirds of the route will be comprised of dirt roads, including the Geronimo Trail and Coronado Scenic Byway. Wednesday night camp will be at Parker Canyon Lake; a beautiful backdrop for relaxing around the campfire. For those that make the trip; I can almost guarantee they will arrive at the Overland Expo with dirty rigs, big smiles and stories that will make their fellow overlanders envious.
Get the heck out of dodge! This past Wednesday, the city streets of Las Cruces better resembled a sick Allstate commercial. After watching a cop car speed through an intersection, do a full 360, and magically come out of it unscathed—only to speed on—I knew it was time to flee town. I was more than happy to be driving the 4Runner, armed with 3/16 thick steel from bumper to bumper, after I narrowly avoided a few out of control cars on my way out of town. I logged 75 miles across remote sections of Dona Ana County enjoying the snowy & serene desert scenery. Areas of my “snow day” exploration included: Corralitos Ranch, Sierra de las Uvas, Thunderhead Plains & Organ Mountains.
The Dona Ana Mountains are located 10 miles northeast of Las Cruces; flanked by the Rio Grande River Valley and Jornada Experimental Range. Surprisingly, New Mexico State University, a Land Grant University, owns much of these mountains. The trails were originally established for Jeep racing in the 60’s and 70’s and became a popular destination for those seeking rollercoaster like thrills from behind the wheel.
The trails of the Dona Ana Mountains are characterized by steep inclines and off camber descents providing views into the blue sky or directly down the mountainside. To compound the fun, most of the trail surface consists of loose rock that leaves much traction to be desired. The Dona Ana Mountains also feature an extensive system of mountain bike trails and wildlife viewing opportunities. A handful of caves and Indian Petroglyphs exist in the area for those willing to do exploring by foot.
Dona Ana Mountains Trail Requirements (Moderate Trails): A stock high clearance 4WD truck or SUV will suffice for the many of the trails. Dona Ana Mountains Trail Requirements (Hard Trails): Experienced Driver, Lift, Solid Rear Locker, 33-Inch+ Tires, Winch, Solid Recovery Points. Some of the “Hard” trails provide a high risk of rollover.