FALL GILA OVERLAND - New Mexico Backroads' Traverse of the Black Range & Continental Divide

Fall Gila Overland – Guided by New Mexico Backroads Friday, October 28th – Sunday, October 30th
Overland based exploration of the remote backcountry, rich history and rugged terrain of New Mexico's Gila Region.


Fall 2016 Gila Overland Overview: Friday, October 28th – Sunday, October 30th | New Mexico Gila | 3 Days | Approximate Route Distance 175 to 225 Miles | Approximate Elevation Range 4,500 to 8,500 ft. | Areas of exploration will include Black Range of the Gila National Forest and sections of the Great Divide Trail. The Black Range Overland provides a condensed and less demanding version of NMBR’s (five day) Gila Legends Expedition.

Registration: Email NMBackroads(at)gmail.com for full trip details, pricing and registration information


The Gila Overland Experience: This October, New Mexico Backroads will be guiding a three day [175 to 225-mile range] overland adventure that will traverse New Mexico’s vast and diverse Gila region. NMBR has guided portions of this route for American Expedition Vehicles, Expedition Portal, Overland Journal, and a multitude of overland enthusiasts seeking adventure. The Gila Overland route includes 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, and dense forest with elevations ranging from 4,500 to 8,500 feet. Areas of exploration will include the Gila National Forest’s Black Range and Continental Divide. The Gila Overland 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 Overland will provide outstanding vistas, historic landmarks, wildlife viewing opportunities [including Mexican grey wolf territory], and aggressive elevation contours. During the Gila Overland, NMBR will cover a variety of topics area history, the surrounding landscape, vehicle maintenance, overland tool kit assembly, driving techniques, and other overland based travel skill building subjects.


Preview: Visit the NMBR’s New Mexico Gila Photo gallery for a preview of the Gila Overland experience. LINK - goo.gl/UsrcF6


Where & When:  The Gila Overland will take place Friday, October 28th through Sunday, October 30th. Participants will meet the morning of Friday, October 28th in southern New Mexico; the exact departure location and details will be provided during the registration process. 


Planning & Preparations:  The Gila Overland will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, meals and supplies. Services of any kind, including cell, fuel, or anything remotely civilized, will be unavailable for stretches of up to 225 miles or more (if re-routes occur). In the time leading up to the Gila Overland, registered participants will be provided with extensive information on how to prepare for the adventure, what to bring and what to expect. 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 vehicle, equipment, provision and preparation lists are provided to participants in the time leading up to the adventure. During the Gila Overland pre-trip planning and preparation period, NMBR will be available to provide expert opinion and feedback to participants for any questions or concerns related to getting ready and gearing up for the adventure. During the Gila Overland, 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 trail runs challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence.  

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