Jake Quinones is founder and owner of New Mexico Backroads [NMBR]. NMBR provides professional backcountry guiding, scouting, skills training and photography services to a host of individuals, companies and government agencies. Jake is a New Mexico native and has been familiar with backcountry travels since early childhood. Some of his earliest memories include riding shotgun in his Dad’s Bronco while traversing the Great Divide [Gila section], and sleeping under the stars in Denali National Park. Each year, Jake’s logs over 15,000 miles in the NMBR Rubicon traversing the backroads of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and Texas. Whether it’s guiding American Expedition Vehicles through the Gila, photographing wildland fire crews battling flames in the Black Range or scouting a route for an upcoming Overland Journal story, Jake’s expertise centers on 4WD vehicle based exploration of the backcountry or providing adventurists with the experience and training they need to successfully traverse the backcountry. He returns from adventures and assignments with raw images that portray spectacular scenery and stories. Jake’s passion for pushing his vehicle, skill, and equipment to the edge is often depicted in his photography—aimed at evoking the human desire to explore.

Photo credit: Dr. Jon Solberg, Medical Editor, Overland Journal