Gila Legends Expedition - August 2018 - REGISTER NOW!

Gila Legends Expedition [GLE] - August 20th - 24th, 2018 - Guided by Jake Quinones
GLE Overview: Late August | New Mexico’s Gila Region | 5 Days | Approximate Route Distance: 375-Miles | Approximate Elevation Range: 4,300 to 9,600 ft. | The Gila Legends Expedition provides New Mexico Backroads’ most rugged and remote overland route offering. Areas of exploration will include Black Range, Plains of San Agustin, Mogollon Mountains, Tularosa Mountains, Elk Mountains, and Continental Divide. Email for full trip details and registration information.

Get Registered: Email for pricing, vehicle/equipment requirements, and registration information.

The Experience: This August, New Mexico Backroads will be guiding a five-day [375-mile] expedition that will traverse New Mexico’s vast and diverse Gila region. NMBR has guided this route for American Expedition Vehicles, Expedition Portal, Overland Journal, and a multitude of enthusiasts seeking adventure. This “expedition of a lifetime” includes a diverse range of scenery, history, terrain, and backroads found nowhere else in North America. Route landscape features will include desert, grassland, chaparral, canyon bottoms, and dense forest with elevations ranging from 4,175 to 9,600-feet. Areas of exploration will include Black Range, Great Divide Trail (sections), Mogollon Mountains, Tularosa Mountains, Elk Mountains, and Plains of San Agustin. The Gila Legends Expedition route will pass through 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 washboards, two tracks, primitive non-maintained, graded, mountain shelf, dirt byway and (least of all) pavement. The Gila Legends Expedition will provide outstanding vistas, historic landmarks, wildlife viewing opportunities (including Mexican grey wolf territory), and aggressive elevation contours. During the overland based adventure, NMBR will cover a variety of topics including area landscape features, area history, vehicle maintenance, overland tool kit assembly, driving techniques, vehicle dynamics, and other overland-based skill building subjects.

Preview: Visit the NMBR’s Gila Adventure photo gallery for a preview of the Gila Legends Expedition experience. LINK -

Where & When: The Gila Legends Expeditions will take place Monday, August 20th through Friday, August 24th, 2018. Participants will meet the morning of Monday, August 20th in southern New Mexico; the exact departure location and details will be provided during the registration process.
Planning & Preparations: The Gila Legends Expedition will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, meals, and supplies. Services or re-supply of any kind, including cell signals, fuel, food, water, or anything remotely civilized, will be unavailable for stretches of up to 225 miles or more (if re-routes occur). 

Over the past decade, NMBR has written a series of informative overland travel based articles with topics ranging from field kit assembly, to vehicle maintenance and upkeep, to equipment and gear advice. These articles, paired with extensive checklists and instructions, are provided to registered participants as a solid foundation for what to expect, how to prepare, and what to bring for the adventure.
During the Gila Legends Expedition pre-trip planning and preparation period, NMBR will be available to provide expert opinion and feedback to registered participants for any questions or concerns related to getting ready and gearing up for the adventure. During the Gila Legends Expedition, NMBR will revisit many of the topics that were covered in the pre-trip period with in field demonstrations and lessons. The self-sufficient aspect of NMBR guided expeditions and overland adventures challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence. 

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