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Go Boldly, Prepared, and With Confidence - Go With NMBR!

Whether you’re a novice, seasoned professional, or have completed multiple expeditions across the globe, NMBR will provide you with an experience that suits your comfort level, background, and vehicle. The self-sufficient and educational aspect of NMBR’s guided overland adventures and in-field overland training programs challenges and prepares individuals for their future four-wheel drive and overland based endeavors. New Mexico Backroads provides both scheduled and custom-tailored tours and training services to accommodate a wide variety of enthusiasts and professionals. Preview the NMBR experience HERE.

NMBR’s Scheduled Overland Tour & Overland Training: New Mexico Backroads' 2019 overland tours and overland training lineup includes ten different offerings. See NMBR’s full 2019 schedule below.

NMBR’s Privately Guided Overland Tours & Overland Training: For those individuals, groups, agencies, and companies seeking a custom tailored, organized, and guided overland adventure and/or 4WD/overland-based training, New Mexico Backroads provides private guiding and training services to suit specific dates, unique preferences/needs, and all experience levels. Exclusive to NMBR's privately guided overland tours and training is the option to have NMBR provide (full or limited) meal-service arrangements. Contact NMBR for details.

Ready for your next great adventure? Email Nmbackroads@gmail.com for full tour and training details, vehicle/equipment retirements, pricing, and registration information.

2019 Overland Tour & Overland Training Schedule

February 2019 – Winter Gila Overland (President’s Day Weekend) – Friday, February 15th through Sunday, February 17th | New Mexico’s Gila Region | 3 Day Extended Weekend Trip | Approximate Route Distance: 190 to 225-Miles | Approximate Elevation Range: 4,175 to 8,250-Feet | The Gila Overland provides a condensed “weekend warrior” version of NMBR’s (four day) Gila Legends Expedition. NMBR has guided sections of this stunningly scenic and landscape diverse route for American Expedition Vehicles, Expedition Portal, and Overland Journal. Areas of exploration will include Black Range, Great Divide Trail, and Plains of San Agustin.

Sold Out / Waitlist Only - March 2019 – Spring Overland Training (Weekender) – Friday, March 22nd through Sunday, March 24th | New Mexico’s Gila Region | 3 Days | Approximate Route Distance: 125-Miles | Approximate Elevation Range: 4,250 to 7,875-Feet | New for 2018, NMBR will be providing an overland skills overview program to cover driving techniques and terrain negotiation, vehicle repair/maintenance/preservation, vehicle recovery techniques, field and overland kit assembly, trip planning, and more. The program is geared towards beginner and intermediate level overland enthusiasts looking to gain a solid basis and the confidence necessary to go [well prepared] into their future overland-based adventures. The three day in-field training program will take along a 125-mile overland traverse of the Gila National Forest. NMBR’s Overland Training will feature the same backcountry and overland elements as NMBR’s regular overland tours, but the focus of the three-day course will be educational rather than driving/mileage intensive. Approximate price per person:

April 2019 – El Coyote Expedition (Epic Weekender) – Friday, April 19th through Sunday, April 21st | New Mexico’s Gila Region | 3 Day Extended Weekend Trip | New Mexico’s Gila Region | 3 Day Extended Weekend Trip | Approximate Route Distance: 325 to 350-Miles | Approximate Elevation Range: 4,375 to 9,000-Feet | New Mexico Backroads’ newest Gila traversal is geared towards overlanders with moderate to advanced experience levels. The El Coyote Overland will include a faster pace, fewer educational sessions, and longer drive days than NMBR’s other Gila-based adventures. Areas of exploration will include Black Range, Mogollon Mountains, Tularosa Mountains, and Continental Divide.

May 2019 – Overland Expo West Based Adventure: Ghost Divide Expedition [GDE] –Sunday, May 12th through Thursday, May 16th leading to the Overland Expo West | New Mexico & Arizona | 5 Days | 500 Miles | Elev. 4,250 to 9,000 ft. | Route and experience featured by TCT and FOURWHEELER Magazines. The Ghost Divide Expedition will begin in Southern New Mexico and lead to the 2019 Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Arizona. Areas of exploration will include Black Range, Continental Divide, Mogollon Mountains, Blue Range, White Mountains and Mogollon Rim.

June 2019 – Summer Overland Training (Weekender) – Friday, June 14th through Sunday, June 16th | New Mexico’s Gila Region | 3 Days | Approximate Route Distance: 125-Miles | Approximate Elevation Range: 4,250 to 7,875-Feet | New for 2018, NMBR will be providing an overland skills overview program to cover driving techniques and terrain negotiation, vehicle repair/maintenance/preservation, vehicle recovery techniques, field and overland kit assembly, trip planning, and more. The program is geared towards beginner and intermediate level overland enthusiasts looking to gain a solid basis and the confidence necessary to go [well prepared] into their future overland-based adventures. The three day in-field training program will take along a 125-mile overland traverse of the Gila National Forest. NMBR’s Overland Training will feature the same backcountry and overland elements as NMBR’s regular overland tours, but the focus of the three-day course will be educational rather than driving/mileage intensive.

July 2019 – River to the Sky Expedition – Friday, July 26th through Monday, July 29th | Southern Colorado & Northern New Mexico | 4 Days | Approximate Route Distance: 250-Miles | Approximate Elevation Range: 6,500 to 12,500 ft. | Since 2014, NMBR has been scouting and building an overland traversal that captivates the best of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado’s backcountry. The River to the Sky Expedition charts the Rio Grande River’s path from the Taos Plateau to its headwaters high above tree line. Areas of exploration will include Sangre de Christo Mountains, Taos Plateau, San Luis Valley, San Juan Mountains, and Continental Divide. This four-day 4WD adventure will conclude in Silverton, Colorado.

August 2019 – Gila Legends Expedition – Friday, August 23rd through Monday, August 26th | New Mexico’s Gila Region | 4 Days | Approximate Route Distance: 375-Miles | Approximate Elevation Range: 4,300 to 9,600 ft. | The Gila Legends Expedition provides New Mexico’s most rugged and remote overland route. Route and experience featured by Overland Journal and by Expedition Portal. Areas of exploration will include Black Range, Plains of San Agustin, Mogollon Mountains, Tularosa Mountains, Elk Mountains, and Continental Divide.

September 2019 – Fall Camino del Tesoro Overland – Monday, September 23rd through Thursday, September 26th | Northern New Mexico | 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 and the air is crisp. Route featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Overland Journal “Southwest Treasure Hunt”. Areas of exploration will include San Juan Mountains, Continental Divide, Taos Plateau, Sangre de Christo Mountains, and Valle Vidal.

October 2019 – Fall Gila Overland (Weekender) – Friday, October 25th through Sunday, October 27th | 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 (four day) Gila Legends Expedition. NMBR has guided parts of this stunningly scenic and landscape diverse route for American Expedition Vehicles, Expedition Portal, and Overland Journal. Areas of exploration will include Black Range of the Gila National Forest and rugged segments of the Great Divide Trail.

November 2019 – Fall Overland Training (Veterans Day Weekend) – Friday, November 8th through Sunday, November 10th | New Mexico’s Gila Region | 3 Days | Approximate Route Distance: 125-Miles | Approximate Elevation Range: 4,250 to 7,875-Feet | New for 2018, NMBR will be providing an overland skills overview program to cover driving techniques and terrain negotiation, vehicle repair/maintenance/preservation, vehicle recovery techniques, field and overland kit assembly, trip planning, and more. The program is geared towards beginner and intermediate level overland enthusiasts looking to gain a solid basis and the confidence necessary to go [well prepared] into their future overland-based adventures. The three day in-field training program will take along a 125-mile overland traverse of the Gila National Forest. NMBR’s Overland Training will feature the same backcountry and overland elements as NMBR’s regular overland tours, but the focus of the three-day course will be educational rather than driving/mileage intensive.

Go With NMBR! New Mexico Backroads provides overland guide and training services for a multitude of unique enthusiasts and professionals seeking rugged routes, unparalleled scenery, and professional guidance in the backcountry. 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 checklists and instructions, are provided to registered NMBR tour and training participants as a solid foundation for what to expect, how to prepare, and what to bring for the adventure. During pre-trip preparation period, NMBR will be available to provide expert opinion and feedback to registered participants for any questions or concerns related to getting ready and gearing up for the backroads. Email Nmbackroads@gmail.com for full tour and training details, vehicle/equipment retirements, pricing, and registration information.

USFS Authorized Service Provider: New Mexico Backroads is a U.S Forest Service permitted/authorized outfitter/guide that provides guiding and training services in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forests, Carson National Forest, Coconino National Forest, Gila National Forest and other southwestern USA regions.




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