If you’re looking for a real overland adventure that will test both driver skill and your vehicle, look no further than New Mexico Backroads’ upcoming Ghost Divide Expeditions. Book-ending this year’s Overland Expo West in May, New Mexico Backroads has two epic adventures planed for those looking to take the longer, less traveled path. Both trips, one to Overland Expo from New Mexico and the other leaving after Expo and returning to New Mexico, are professionally guided excursions that will traverse some of New Mexico’s and Arizona’s loneliest backroads.
The first trip, the original Ghost Divide Expedition, will depart southern New Mexico Sunday morning (5/10/15) before Overland Expo and embark on a five-day journey that will cover over 500 miles of incredible backcountry terrain. You’ll traverse a diverse range of scenery and terrain that includes: harsh desert, wild grasslands, chaparral, pine forests, rivers, canyons, creeks, and wildland burn scars. Geared towards the seasoned overland adventurer, theses trips will provide a demanding, yet enjoyable driving experience. The pace will be brisk and the roads unforgiving, but you’ll be able to experience all that the Gila National Forest, White Mountains, and Mogollon Rim have to offer.
Participants must be self-supportive and ready to tackle stretches of up to 225 miles without services of any kind. Conditions will be primitive, and you’ll be on your own when it comes to equipment, fuel, and supplies. This trip is truly an opportunity to test your skill, patience, and vehicle.
After long days of driving, you’ll enjoy evenings of remote camping and the company of fellow travelers and adventurers. It doesn’t get any better than being off the grid, out in the middle of nowhere, and enjoying the crackle of a warm campfire and sharing stories with friends. You’ll arrive at Overland Expo on Thursday just in time for the event to begin. If you’ve never been to Overland Expo, it’s definitely a “must attend” event for those that enjoy taking the road less traveled or are looking to take their overland skills to the next level.
The second trip, Ghost Divide Expedition II, will run the same route as the first trip, but in reverse after Overland Expo is over. Departing on Monday morning (5/18/15), you’ll get a full week of adventure to try out your newly acquired gear and skills in a real world adventure. Participatns will arrive back in southern New Mexico on Friday, May 22nd.
Prior to the trip, participants will be provided with helpful information on how to prepare both themselves and their rig for the adventure. An extensive list of essential and recommended supplies, equipment, and gear will be provided along with advice and tips on how to make the most of your weeklong adventure. New Mexico Backroads will go above and beyond to make sure you have a memorable adventure that you’ll be taking about for years to come. Not only will you get to experience remote backcountry roads and trails, you’ll have ample opportunity to enjoy incredible scenery, historic landmarks, and native wildlife.
For more information about the Ghost Divide Expeditions, including pricing and details, contact New Mexico Backroads. If you’re thinking about going – act fast! Their trips sell out quickly every year and this year promises to be no different.
Images courtesy of Jake Quinones | New Mexico Backroads