My next adventure will be a 475 mile mostly off road trip to the Overland Expo at Flagstaff, AZ.
Jake Quinones of www.NewMexicoBackroads.com will guiding eight vehicles from Silver City ,New Mexico to Mormon Lake, AZ
The following is from Jake;s thread on Expedition Portal http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/74922-Ghost-Divide-amp-Mogollon-Rim-Overland-to-the-EXPO
Ghost Divide & Mogollon Rim: Overland to the EXPO Tuesday, May 15th – Thursday, May 17th WHO: A few good overlanders—adventurists seeking an overland route to the Overland Expo held in Flagstaff, AZ. Only the most self-sufficient, open-minded & good spirited overlanders need apply. Limited to participants of Overland Expo 2012 (Day Pass or Overland Experience) WHAT: A fast paced 475-mile overland adventure through New Mexico’s Gila National Forest (Ghost Divide) and Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (Mogollon Rim) to Flagstaff, AZ. Nearly two thirds of the route will be dirt! WHERE: Participants will meet in Silver City, NM before departing into the vast backcountry of Southwestern New Mexico and East-Central Arizona WHEN: Tuesday, May 15th – Thursday, May 17th (Overland Expo May 18th-20th) Limit 8 Vehicles – RSVP by Email only: NMBackroads (at) gmail.com INTRO & INVITE: Looking to go the road less traveled to the 2012 Overland Expo? New Mexico Backroads will be guiding a three day adventure that will traverse some of New Mexico and Arizona’s loneliest backroads covering two unique and rugged areas; New Mexico’s Gila National Forest (Ghost Divide) and Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (Mogollon Rim). Scenery along the route will include desert, grasslands and forest. Nearly two-thirds of the 475-mile route will be comprised of dirt roads. Tuesday and Wednesday night will include camping and relaxing around the campfire deep in the backcountry. For those that make the trip; I can almost guarantee they will arrive at the Overland Expo with dirty rigs, big smiles, and stories that will make their fellow overlanders envious. Ghost Divide (160-miles no services): The Ghost Divide segment of the adventure begins in Mimbres, NM and enters the Gila Wilderness via the North Star Road at the foot of the Black Range. The route will shadow the Continental Divide through the heart of two distinct wilderness areas—Gila Wilderness and Aldo Leopold Wilderness. Tuesday night camp will be made along the Gila’s northern wilderness boundary near Bearwallow and Gilita Creek. The Ghost Divide route will follow various Forest Service Roads thorough Black Canyon, Kemp Mesa, Beaverhead, Wolf Hollow, T Bar Ridge, and Negrito before meeting pavement some 160 miles later at Mogollon, NM. Mogollon Rim (100-miles limited services): The Mogollon Rim segment of the adventure begins in Pinetop, AZ and enters “The Rim” via Forest Road 300. The Rim is an escarpment defining the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau characterized by high limestone and sandstone cliffs and spectacular vistas. Wednesday night camp will be at a primitive site along in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest along the Mogollon Rim. The Mogollon Rim route will follow The Rim, roughly 100-miles northwest, though Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest before meeting pavement above Pine, AZ at Highway 87.
DRIVER & VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS: Experienced Driver, High-Clearance 4WD Vehicle (must be in good mechanical condition), CB Radio, All Terrain Tires (50% tread or better), Spare Tire (same size as four on ground), Camping Provisions, Food, Water, Extra Fuel (optional), Tire Repair Kit, Tool Kit, First Aid Kit, Fire Extinguisher, Required Maps: New Mexico & Arizona large-format topographic atlas/gazetteers by Delorme or Benchmark Maps
DETAILS: Group will meet and depart from Silver City, NM, located approximately one hour north of Deming, NM and I-10. The Silver City KOA will serve as the official meeting and departure point for the Ghost Divide & Mogollon Rim adventure. Monday night, we will have an informal meet-and-greet at the Silver City KOA. Tuesday morning departure will be promptly at 7AM. All departure times are firm—no exceptions. Tuesday night camp will be made along the Gila’s northern wilderness boundary near Bearwallow and Gilita Creek. Wednesday night camp will be at a primitive site along in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest on the Mogollon Rim. Participants can expect to arrive at the Overland Expo in Flagstaff, AZ on Thursday afternoon. Please be aware that water, fuel and cell service will not be available for remote stretches up to 200-miles. Because a large amount of terrain will be covered in a relatively short period of time, this trip will be fast paced, all departure times are firm—no exceptions. While the remote areas we will be traveling are statistically safe, dangerous illegal activities such as drug and human trafficking are ever-present. Drivers and passengers alike will need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Cell phone service, as well as any other type of service, will be limited throughout the entire trip. This trip is limited to participants of Overland Expo 2012 (Day Pass or Overland Experience). No persons under the age of 18 allowed. Only the most self-sufficient, open-minded & good spirited overlanders need apply. All travel distances and times are approximate. The Ghost Divide & Mogollon Rim route may be subject to change due to time constraints, bad weather, road closures, and/or poor road conditions. Limit 8 Vehicles