The Experience: This summer, New Mexico Backroads will be guiding a five day [375-mile] expedition that will traverse New Mexico’s loneliest and most rugged backroads. NMBR has guided this route for American Expedition Vehicles, overland enthusiasts and a host of adventure based companies. The Gila Legends Expedition is NMBR’s most remote and rugged route currently offered. This “expedition of a lifetime” includes a diverse range of scenery, historic sites, terrain, and backroads found nowhere else in North America. The 5-day, 375-mile expedition route features desert, grassland, chaparral, canyon bottoms, and lush forest with elevations ranging from 4,400 to 9,600 feet. Areas of exploration include Black Range of the Gila National Forest, Plains of San Agustin, Mogollon Mountains, Tularosa Mountains, Elk Mountains, Continental Divide, and Chihuahuan Desert. The Gila Legends Expedition route will traverse the northern end of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range as well as the Southern end of the Rockies, all while skirting the world’s first established wilderness areas—the Gila Wilderness & Aldo Leopold Wilderness. 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 Gila Legends Expedition will feature outstanding vistas, dozens of water crossings, historic landmarks, wildlife viewing opportunities [including Mexican grey wolf territory], and aggressive elevation contours [between 4,400 and 9,600 feet].
Where & When: The Gila Legends Expedition will take Monday, August 31st through Friday, September 4th. Participants will meet the morning of Monday, August 31st in Southern New Mexico; the exact time and departure location will be announced to Gila Legends participants on July 1st. Planning & Preparations: The Gila Legends Expedition 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. In the time leading up to the Gila Legends Expedition, participants 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.
Gila Legends Expedition Route Preview: CLICK HERE
Details & Registration: Email NMBackroads[at]gmail.com for full trip details, pricing and registration information.
Photos: Overland Expo volunteer out on the Ural, Toyota 4Runner equipped with AT Drawer System and fridge/stove slide, Over Lander Adventure Rig, Jonathan Hanson's ex-MOD 110 Defender, Land Rover Defender 110 with rear window storage compartment & shelving, American Adventurist Tacoma ,Turtleback Trailers, Arizona Land Rover Owners, Chazz Layne's 2004 Land Rover Discovery HSE