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New Mexico Backroads Guiding and Photography Featured in Fall 2015 Overland Journal
September 2015 –"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.
Overland Journal is the publication for environmentally responsible, worldwide vehicle-supported expedition and adventure travel. LINK 


New Mexico Backroads Announces 2016 Expedition and Overland Offerings
Are you ready for your next great adventure? NMBR has released its 2016 expedition and overland adventure lineup. Email NMBackroads(at)gmail.com for more information.

Ghost Divide Expeditions | May 2016 | New Mexico & Arizona | 5 Days | 500 Miles | Elev. 4,300 to 9,600 ft. | The Ghost Divide Expedition Original will lead to the 2016 Overland Expo West (during the week leading up to the event). The Ghost Divide Expedition II departs from the Overland Expo West (starting the day after the event ends). Areas of exploration will include Gila, Black Range, Continental Divide and Mogollon Mountains, and Arizona’s Blue River, White Mountains and Mogollon Rim.

El Dorado Overland | Summer 2016 | Northern New Mexico | 4 Days | 325 Miles | Elev. 6,500 to 11,200 ft. | NMBR’s El Dorado Overland will traverse the scenic high-country of northern New Mexico during the summer season—when the landscape is verdant. Areas of exploration will include San Juan Mountains, Continental Divide, Taos Plateau, Sangre de Christo Mountains, and Valle Vidal.

Summer Gila Legends Expedition | Summer 2016 | New Mexico Gila | 5 Days | 375 Miles | Elev. 4,300 to 9,600 ft. | The Gila Legends Expedition provides New Mexico’s most rugged and remote overland route. Areas of exploration will include Black Range, Plains of San Agustin, Mogollon Mountains, Tularosa Mountains, Elk Mountains, Continental Divide, and Chihuahuan Desert.

Via Overland | Summer 2016 | Overland Adventure & Experience for Women - Details TBA

Camino del Tesoro Overland | Fall 2016 | 4 Days | 325 Miles | Elev. 6,500 to 11,200 ft. | NMBR’s Camino del Tesoro Overland will traverse the scenic high-country of northern New Mexico during the fall season—when the aspens are golden. Areas of exploration will include San Juan Mountains, Continental Divide, Taos Plateau, Sangre de Christo Mountains, and Valle Vidal.

Fall Gila Legends Expedition | Fall 2016 | New Mexico Gila | 5 Days | 375 Miles | Elev. 4,300 to 9,600 ft. | The Gila Legends Expedition provides New Mexico’s most rugged and remote overland route. Areas of exploration will include Black Range, Plains of San Agustin, Mogollon Mountains, Tularosa Mountains, Elk Mountains, Continental Divide, and Chihuahuan Desert.

New Mexico Backroads provides expedition and overland guide services for adventurists seeking rugged 4WD routes, unparalleled scenery, and professional guidance in the backcountry. Whether you’re a novice overlander or have completed multiple expeditions across the globe, NMBR will provide you with an adventure that suits your comfort level, experience, and 4WD vehicle. In the time leading up to a NMBR guided adventure, participants are provided with extensive preparations and information on how to prepare and what to expect. 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.  Email NMBackroads(at)gmail.com for more information. LINK


New Mexico Backroads featured by The Adventure Portal
September 2015 – NMBR’s guided adventures and photography is at The Adventure Portal.
“The Adventure Portal reached out to Jake Quinones of New Mexico Backroads (NMBR) to find out a bit about who he is, what he does and why he does it.  Whether you are a novice overlander or a highly experienced adventurer, NMBR has an expedition for you.” – The Adventure Portal


New Mexico Backroads Attends SCORE Baja 500
June 2015 – NMBR’s Jake Quinones was hosted by BFGoodrich Tires for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500. The SCORE Baja 500 is an off-road race that takes place on Mexico's Baja California Peninsula and is part of a series of races that include the Baja 1000, San Felipe 250 and Primm 300. Baja 500 racers reported that this year's 510.58 mile race course provided one of the most grueling and competitive yet. In the end, Carlos Apdaly Lopez won the race with a time of 8:48:38.


New Mexico Backroads’ Ghost Divide Expeditions Featured by TCT Magazine
July 2015 - NMBR's 2015 Ghost Divide Expedition is featured in the latest issue of TCT Magazine. In the story, writer and photographer Phillip Jones recounts his experience of the five day [500-mile] overland traverse across New Mexico and Arizona's loneliest backroads en route to the Overland Expo WEST. Read the full TCT Magazine article HERE and visit  
Upcoming NMBR overland adventures LINK


New Mexico Backroads Guides American Expedition Vehicles on 5-day Gila Legends Expedition
May 2015 - New Mexico Backroads’ Jake Quinones guided American Expedition Vehicles and their guests on a weeklong traverse of New Mexico’s iconic Gila National Forest. The 400-mile adventure along NMBR's Gila Legends Expedition route crisscrossed the Continental Divide through remote and rugged desert plains, water-filled canyon bottoms, dense forest and snow covered mountainsides.  NMBR will be again guiding the Gila Legends Expedition in the Summer and Fall of 2016—email NMBackroads(at)gmail.com for registration details LINK


New Mexico Backroads Begins Yearlong Test and Review of BFGoodrich’s KO2 All-Terrain Tires
March 2015 - Since tire issues are the number one cause of being stranded on the backroads, why risk running anything less than a mud-terrain for the one day an all-terrain may fall short? Until recently, this has been NMBR’s advice to guide clients as it relates to tire selection. This rationale has been backed primarily by NMBR’s professional experience with the BFGoodrich KM2. With over 100,000 miles of off-pavement use with the KM2, NMBR has never had single puncture or failure with this tire. With the release of the highly anticipated BFGoodrich KO2, NMBR was forced to reconsider its opinion of all-terrain after seen the tire’s performance in the field. A strong first impression of the raised the question—“Is it time to come back to an all-terrain tire?” Stay tuned for NMBR’s long term review of the BFGoodrich KO2.
Photo: 37x12.50R17 BFGoodrich KO2 tires mounted on 17x8.5 American Expedition Vehicles Salta wheels LINK


New Mexico Backroads featured in American Expedition Vehicles 2015 Parts Catalog

January 2015 - NMBR is featured in the 2015 American Expedition Vehicles Parts Catalog. The article highlights the NMBR Rubicon, its central role in Jake Quiñones’ field work and why AEV parts were selected for the build.
After retiring the previous NMBR workhorse (a well-built 1998 4Runner), NMBR selected the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon as a fitting replacement. The NMBR Rubicon is built for dual purposes: technical trail running and long-distance self-supportive (overland based) travels. While the outside of the NMBR Rubicon looks like most any AEV outfitted JKUR, the inside contains a custom platform, designed and constructed by NMBR, to maximize storage space and provide secure sleeping arrangements in the field. The complete NMBR Rubicon build specifications can be viewed HERE


New Mexico Backroads Commissioned by U.S. Forest Service to Photograph Black Range in Celebration of Nations First Established Wilderness

September 2014 – Named for the iconic woodsman and conservationist, the Aldo Leopold Wilderness encompasses over 300 square miles of the Gila National Forest’s Black Range.  The Gila Wilderness and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness were the first designated wilderness in the world. The Black Range is characterized its rugged geology, rich history and widely varying landscape.
The United States Forest Service commissioned NMBR’s Jake Quinones to capture the monochromatic beauty of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness via imagery. The large scale prints are currently on display in the lobby of the Black Range Ranger District offices in Truth or Consequences, NM.


New Mexico Backroads photography and guiding featured in Spring 2014 Overland Journal
April 2014 – “Southwest Treasure Hunt”, a story written by overland medicine guru and adventurist Dr. Jon Solberg, charts NMBR guide Jake Quinones and Solberg’s adventures across the wilds of northern New Mexico in pursuit of Forrest Fenn's million-dollar treasure. For 2016, NMBR will be guiding two backroads adventures, the Eldorado Overland and Camino del Tesoro Overland, that follow an extended version of the “Southwest Treasure Hunt” story’s route—email NMBackroads(at)gmail.com for registration details.
Overland Journal is the publication for environmentally responsible, worldwide vehicle-supported expedition and adventure travel. LINK


NMBR Jake Quinones’ Interview With Every Miles A Memory’s Pat Bonish
March 2014 – Every Miles A Memory Interview LINK


The UK Guardian features New Mexico Backroads in America Uncovered: Road Trips USA series
June 2013 - "From Austin's live music scene to where to find the best breakfast burrito in Santa Fe, these local Texas and New Mexico blogs give you the lowdown on where to go for food, drink, art and culture in the US south-west. New Mexico Backroads: There are a lot of big-wheeled vehicles on this site, which follows the travels of photographer and backcountry guide Jake Quinones. You don't have to be into trucks to appreciate his stunning picture stories, which capture the state in all its wild – sometimes intimidating wild – splendour. He's also done a great job of capturing the state's ravaging forest fires and the crews fighting to keep them under control." - Vicky Baker, UK Guardian LINK  


New Mexico Backroads’ Never A Wrong Turn Navajoland Pup Featured by Albuquerque Journal

“I found a puppy burrowed beneath a dead horse on the desolate flats north of Canyon de Chelly. Her name is Luka." 
"The engine strained as I drove through the forested hills south of Greasewood. In the fading dusk light, I watched a pack of wild dogs running between the trees. They looked like jackals pursuing their next meal. I looked down at the little pup lying asleep on the floorboard—her path had been forever changed. -Jake Quinones, “Never a Wrong Turn: The Story of LukaLINK to FULL STORY


New Mexico Backroads photography featured in Fall 2010 Overland Journal
Photo: Along the banks of the Virgin River, Cottonwood trees stand in stark contrast against sheer sandstone walls—Zion National Park, UT

Fall 2010 Overland Journal
See the U.S.A.—the Ural Way- Lois Pryce
High-Performance Battery Test- Stephen Gross
Journey to the Grays: Baja Whales- John R. Gentile and Katie Iverson
The Canol Road: A Camel-Trophy-style Assault- Pete Lembesis
Vehicle Feature: 100-Series Land Cruiser- Harry Wagner
Not your Father's Samurai: Suzuki Grand Vitara- Jonathan Hanson


Overland Journal is the publication for environmentally responsible, worldwide vehicle-supported expedition and adventure travel. LINK


New Mexico Backroads Photography Featured Summer 2010 Overland Journal
New Mexico Backroads photography is featured in the Latitude section of Overland Journal. Theme titled “Technicolor”, the section’s six vibrant images are a sampling from Jake Quinones’ travels across New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Arizona.
Summer 2010 Overland Journal
Tracks in the Snow: Wolf Conservation- Ann Lockley
12V Refrigerator Test- Graham Jackson
Bolivia photo essay: Where Bolivia Meets the Heavens- Jorge Valdés
Vehicle Feature: 2005 Tacoma- Chris Marzonie
Canyon de Chelly- Scott Brady

Overland Journal is the publication for environmentally responsible, worldwide vehicle-supported expedition and adventure travel. LINK