NMBR's Trail Tool Kit Advice - The Basics of Assembly & Organization

The Basics of Assembly & Organization - Assemble a trail tool kit that fits your vehicle. Find every last piece of fastening hardware on your vehicle (nuts, bolts, screws, etc.) and and match it with the appropriate tool for removal. Compile a list of the tools required to work your rig and update the list as you upgrade suspension, steering, armor and such. It is better to find out you don't have that 22mm socket or T55 [Torx] at home rather than on a remote shelf road. Use your trail tool kit in your garage to get acquainted with what works, what does not, and what is lacking. If you keep a quality set of sockets, ratchets and wrenches in your garage tool box, but keep a cheap or inferior set in your vehicle tool kit, you should reverse those roles. Those Snap-On ratchets at home will do you little good when you are holding a broken [cheap] one on the trail. Once your vehicle tool kit is satisfactory, choose a tool storage system that makes things easy to access and takes up as little space as possible. Go for soft sided storage that keeps things quiet and tightly organized. This past spring, New Mexico Backroads selected Adventure Tool Company's heavy waxed canvas bags and tool roll when rehabbing and reorganizing the NMBR Rubicon's on-board tool kit. Paul at Adventure Tool Company [or ATC] also custom made an extra large re-enforced tool bag to carry some big, heavy tools; aptly labeled "FUBAR KIT".

When you book an expedition/overland based adventure with NMBR, extensive preparation is provided in the time leading up to departure. NMBR has written a series of overland specific articles, "how to" tutorials and "tips and tricks" features, that break down (item by item) what to bring and what to expect when traversing the backroads. The self-sufficient aspect of NMBR guided adventures challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence.

NMBR's complete 2016 expedition/overland schedule HERE


Guadalupe Mountains & Crow Flats – Butterfield Overland Stagecoach Route

"The Most Dangerous Stagecoach Ride in the World: Butterfield Route", a story written by Overland Journal’s Dr. Jon Solberg, charts NMBR guide Jake Quinones and Solberg’s adventures across West Texas as they retrace the historic Butterfield Overland Mail Stage Line from the Pecos to the Rio Grande. The duo’s 700-mile traverse and collaboration yields a rich narrative and vivid imagery that captivates the rugged people, precarious roads, spectacular landscapes and history that surrounds the Butterfield trail. Full story available by subscribing to Overland Journal, the publication for environmentally responsible, worldwide vehicle-supported expedition and adventure travel.

Frigid Morning at Otero Mesa – Butterfield Overland Stagecoach Route

We broke camp early under darkness and snow flurries in order to get a head start on our 100-mile day. As the roads were rough and nearly lost for miles, we'd likely be driving well past dusk. When the muted dawn light finally exposed our surroundings, the wind and snow paused, giving way to an eerie silence—we had found the trail once again. The two track and fence line follows the Butterfield Trail for miles across Crow Flats and the Cornudas Mountains in pursuit of the Rio Grande. This desolate stretch provided some of the most deadly mileage of the historic St. Louis to San Francisco overland stagecoach route.  
"The Most Dangerous Stagecoach Ride in the World: Butterfield Route" - Full story available by subscribing to Overland Journal, the publication for environmentally responsible, worldwide vehicle-supported expedition and adventure travel.


Weekend Warriors Unite - Adventuring With a Purpose Dosen't Require a Passport

Don't spend too much time planning and equipping for adventures and endeavors that are months or years away. Explore the natural wonders that are less than a few hours away, savor every mile, sharpen your skills in the field, and develop your own unique style of adventuring. Across Arizona or across Africa, mileage is mileage. The purpose of your journey is what counts; how you challenge yourself to make the most of travel time. Pack light and pack well. Learn from mistakes. Figure out how to fix things when they break. Survey paper maps at night. Enjoy the vehicle and equipment you have now and care of them well. Always take good food and drink. Buy a good sleeping bag and pillow. Set goals for tomorrow, but make sure you adventure for today. Weekend warriors unite!


Carson National Forest Road/Bridge Closure Notice - Camino Real Ranger District

A bridge at the junction of Forest Road 478 and Forest Road 437 is currently closed to to washout damage. Please seek an alternate route when traveling through this area and do not cross the waterway adjacent to the bridge. For the latest information area road conditions and closures, contact the Camino Real Ranger District at (575) 587-2255. Click map for enhanced detail.