WINTER 2017 GILA OVERLAND - Friday, February 24th through Sunday, February 26th - Overland based exploration of the remote backcountry, rich history and rugged backroads of New Mexico's Gila Region - Organized and guided by New Mexico Backroads' Jake Quinones
Complete Details: Email NMBackroads(at)gmail.com for full trip details, pricing and registration information
Winter Gila Overland Preview: Visit the NMBR’s New Mexico Gila Photo gallery for a preview of the Gila Overland experience - LINK
Winter Gila Overland Overview: Friday, February 24th through Sunday, February 26th, 2017 | New Mexico’s Gila Region | 3 Day Extended Weekend Trip | Approximate Route Distance: 180 to 225-Miles | Approximate Elevation Range: 4,175 to 8,250-Feet | The Gila Overland provides a condensed “weekend warrior” version of NMBR’s (five day) Gila Legends Expedition. Areas of exploration will include Black Range, Great Divide Trail, and Plains of San Agustin.
The Experience: This February, New Mexico Backroads will be guiding a three day [180 to 225-mile] 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 4,175 to 8,250-feet. Areas of exploration will include the Gila National Forest’s Black Range, Great Divide Trail (sections), and Plains of San Agustin. 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.
Where & When: The Winter Gila Overland will take place Friday, February 24th through Sunday, February 26th, 2017. Participants will meet the morning of Friday, February 24th 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). Experiencing single digit temperatures and snow will be entirely possible during this trip. 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.
Registration: Ready for your next great adventure? Email NMBackroads(at)gmail.com for full trip details, pricing, driver/equipment requirements, and registration information.