Overland Expo WEST - 3rd Generation Toyota Tacoma Bumper Shootout

Ghost Divide Expedition [GDE] - Overland Adventure to the Overland Expo West - Sunday, May 12th through Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Invite: Attention all 2019 Overland Expo West bound Overlanders, Adventurists & Nomads! If your prospective 2019 Overland Expo West trip involves copious amounts of pavement, roadside diners, and dingy motels, consider airing-down, engaging 4WD, and taking the path less traveled with New Mexico Backroads.

Register: Ready for your next great adventure? If you are interested in joining the 2019 Ghost Divide Expedition, email NMBackroads@gmail.com for additional driver/equipment requirements and registration details will be provided.

GDE Preview: Visit the NMBR’s New Mexico Ghost Divide Expedition photo gallery for a preview of the Ghost Divide Expedition. LINK

The Experience: This May, NMBR will be guiding a 500-mile expedition en-route to the Overland Expo West that will traverse New Mexico and Arizona’s loneliest backroads. The GDE route will cover three unique areas—Gila National Forest, White Mountains, and Mogollon Rim. Over two-thirds of the Ghost Divide Expedition route will be comprised of unpaved backroads. The Ghost Divide Expedition will provide a demanding (yet rewarding) experience—the days will be long, the terrain will be rugged, and the pace will be brisk. All nights will include camping and enjoying the company of fellow overlanders, deep in the backcountry. For those that join in, the only guarantee is that they will conclude their adventure with new friends, dirty rigs, big smiles, and an accomplishment that will make their fellow overlanders envious.
2019 will mark the 9th year New Mexico Backroads has guided a multi-day expedition in connection with the Overland Expo West. The Ghost Divide Expedition route will include a diverse range of scenery, history, terrain, and backroads found nowhere else in North America. Landscapes and terrain will include desert, grassland, chaparral, canyon bottoms, wildland burn scars, and dense forest with elevations ranging from approximately 4,250 to 9,575-feet. Road types and conditions will include washboards, two tracks, primitive non-maintained, graded, mountain shelf, dirt byway, and (least of all) pavement. The Ghost Divide Expedition will provide outstanding vistas, historic landmarks, and wildlife viewing opportunities (including Mexican grey wolf territory). During the overland based adventure, NMBR will cover a variety of topics including area history, vehicle maintenance, overland tool kit assembly, driving techniques, vehicle dynamics, and other 4WD-based skill building subjects.

Where, When & Pricing: The Ghost Divide Expedition will take place in the week leading up to the Overland Expo; Sunday, May 12th through Thursday, May 16th. Participants will meet the morning of Sunday, May 12th in southern New Mexico; the departure location and details will be provided during the GDE registration process. The Overland Expo West begins the morning of
Friday, May 17th and ends the evening of Sunday, May 19th. Pricing for single driver (single participant) is $799.00 (plus tax). Pricing for each additional participant in vehicle (passengers, second drivers, minors) is $474.00 (plus tax).

Planning & Preparations: The Ghost Divide Expedition will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, provisions, 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). PLEASE NOTE: The majority Ghost Divide Expedition will take place at altitudes above 6,500-feet (in the high-country) where Spring temperatures can still drop below freezing and snow is entirely possible. Please understand that driving and camping conditions could be very cold, wet, muddy, and/or snowy during the GDE. If these possible conditions don’t appeal to you, or outside of your comfort zone for overland travels, please consider NMBR’s summer and fall based overland trips instead.

Go Boldly with NMBR - 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 Ghost Divide 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 GDE, 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 and training challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence.

What past Ghost Dividers are saying…

"Just finished the Ghost Divide Expedition II with Jake Quinones, our guide at New Mexico Backroads and I just can't say enough of what a great time I had. The trip was seamless, the scenery and backcountry was just absolutely beautiful. But our guide made all the difference in the world. His knowledge and history of all the areas were outstanding, making the places we saw come alive. I never questioned his capability or his professionalism at any time. I would and will travel with NMBR many more times in the future! One trip off the bucket list. Now for the rest..." - Debbie W., Northern Arizona

“This was my 2nd trip with NMBR. Will do many more, I hope. Jake runs this like it should be run. Great guy and knows the area. Long days and lots of driving makes sleeping at night easy. One of the best parts of the trip is It brings you together with people that like the same thing as you. Great guide and great people make this trip worth going. Got to see parts of NM and AZ that not many people get to see.” – Pat B., Arkansas

Ghost Divide Expedition Features: 

Four-Wheeler Magazine -Writer and photographer Michael Rudd highlights his journey on the 2016 Ghost Divide Expedition. LINK

TCT Magazine - Writer and photographer Phillip Jones recounts his experience on the 2015 Ghost Divide Expedition. LINK (GDE story starts on page 6)

MOTUS - Zach Berning, Digital Editor at Motus, previews NMBR’s 2015 Ghost Divide Expedition. LINK

More Information: Ready for your next great adventure? If you are interested in joining the 2019 Ghost Divide Expedition, email NMBackroads@gmail.com for additional driver/equipment requirements and registration details will be provided.

Overland Expo - 3rd Generation Toyota Tacoma Bumper Shootout - With the release of the all new 3rd Generation 2016 Toyota Tacoma, aftermarket support for the new platform has followed quickly with a steady stream of new products. While the suspension of the new Tacoma remains virtually unchanged from the previous generation Tacoma, the front clip (bumper/headlight/grill) design presented a number of challenges for winch-bumper manufacturers. Rising to the challenge, companies such as ARB, Pelfreybilt, and CBI have released a host of well thought out and attractive 3rd Generation Tacoma front bumper offerings.
ARB - Unique design features such as a 30mm edge radius on the wings and center pan, wider press formed cover straps, 60.3mm top frame tubing, two piece polyethylene buffers and redesigned fog lights. - via ARB USA
The Metal-tech 4x4 3rd Gen 2016+ Tacoma bumper features a no body cutting fitment for bolt on installation. It includes an independent frame mounted winch mount and integrated pockets for 20w LED driving lights (included in stage 2) featuring "plug-n-play" wire harness that plugs directly to the factory fog light harness. The center of the bumper features an integrated LED light bar pocket (30" light bar included in stage 3). Large 3/4" pull points and 4 different metal thicknesses that are all part of the 3D CAD engineered bumper. - via Metal Tech 4X4
Pelfreybilt (Out of business Sept. 2018) 16+ Toyota Tacoma Aluminum Plate Bumper (Base weight 60 pounts and comes standard with 3/4 - inch D-ring mounts) - via Pelfreybilt Off-Road

CBI Offroad Fab T3 Front Bumper with Center Grill Guard - Includes internal mount for a 20” single row light bar and factory fog light bracket mounts. Product offered in steel or aluminum. - via CBI Offroad Fab
DeMello Off-Road 2016 Tacoma Front Bumper - The new DeMello off-road Tacoma bumper offers reinforcements inside while maintaining light-weight construction. The bumper is offered in a flat-top version (no hoops) and low profile hoop version, and Baja (high hoop) version. - via DeMello Off-Road