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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. NMBR 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: NMBR's 2020 overland tours and overland training lineup includes ten different offerings. See NMBR’s full 2020 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, NMBR provides private guiding and training services to suit specific dates, unique preferences/needs, and all experience levels. For companies seeking a rugged adventures and spectacular settings to showcase their product for marketing or media purposes, NMBR can organize a tour to suit. NMBR specializes in special use permitting for commercial filming and photography on U.S. Forest Service lands. 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.

2020 Overland Tour & Overland Training Schedule

February 2020 – Winter Gila Overland (Weekender) – Friday, February 21st through Sunday, February 23rd | 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 of the Gila National Forest and rugged segments of the Great Divide Trail. WGO details LINK

March 2020 – Spring Overland Training (Weekender) – Friday, March 20th through Sunday, March 22nd | 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. Email nmbackroads@gmail.com for details.

April 2020 – El Coyote Expedition (Weekender) – Friday, April 17th through Sunday, April 19th | 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. ECE details LINK

May 2020 – Overland Expo West Based Adventure: Ghost Divide Expedition [GDE] – Sunday, May 10th through Thursday, May 14th 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, Tularosa Mountains, White Mountains and Mogollon Rim. GDE details LINK

June 2020 – Summer Overland Training (Weekender) – Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th | 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. Overland Training details LINK

July 2020 – River to the Sky Expedition – Friday, July 24th through Monday, July 27th | 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. RTS details LINK


August 2020 – Overland Expo Mountain West Based Adventure: Rockies Road Trip – Monday, August 24th through Thursday August 27th | San Juan Mountains, Sangre de Christo Mountains, and  Region | 4 Days | Approximate Route Distance: 375-Miles | Approximate Elevation Range: 4,300 to 9,600 ft. | The Rockies Roadtrip will begin in Southern Colorado and lead to the 2020 Overland Expo Mountain West in Loveland, Colorado. Areas of exploration will include the Colorado Rockies' San Juan Mountains, Continental Divide, and Sangre de Christ Mountains. RRT details LINK

September 2020 – Fall Camino del Tesoro Overland – Monday, September 28th through Thursday, October 1st | 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. CDT details LINK

October 2020 – Fall Gila Overland (Weekender) – Friday, October 23rd through Sunday, October 25th | 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. FGO details LINK

November 2020 – Fall Overland Training (Weekender) – Friday, November 13th through Sunday, November 15th | 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. Overland Training details LINK.

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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