Jake Quiñones is founder and owner of New Mexico Backroads [NMBR]. NMBR provides professional four-wheel drive [based] guiding, tours, scouting, skills training and photography services to a host of enthusiasts, companies and government agencies. Jake is a New Mexico native and has been familiar with backcountry travels since childhood. Some of his earliest memories include riding shotgun in his Dad’s Bronco while traversing the New Mexico section of the Great Divide Trail, and sleeping under the stars in Denali National Park. Whether it’s guiding American Expedition Vehicles [AEV] on a weeklong traverse of the Gila, providing 4WD training to U.S. Forest Service LEO in Arizona, or scouting a route along the Borderland for an upcoming Overland Journal story, Jake’s expertise centers on vehicle-based exploration of the backcountry. Each year, Jake logs over 15,000 miles in the AEV equipped NMBR Recon and NMBR Prospector navigating the backroads of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and West Texas. His passion for untamed territory, adventure, and raw experiences, depicted in his photography and writing, evokes the human desire to explore.
Photo credit: Dr. Jon Solberg, Medical Editor, Overland Journal