On The Warpath
A New Southwest Terror
By Chris Pearson, Photography by Chris Pearson, Erica Pearson
Joe Wright was inspired by a few prior trips rockcrawling with the group that ran this tra
Las Cruces, New Mexico, has always been a well-known spot for serious rockcrawling. For the avid four-wheeler its very name brings to mind images of skyward pointing vehicles climbing through some of the most challenging trails in the Southwest. The entire surrounding area is perfect for any kind of off-road enthusiast to enjoy the constantly changing terrain that keeps people coming back year after year.
Toyota trucks are very popular for rockcrawling because of their nimble size, reasonably p
The Warpath Trail is located an hour north of Las Cruces and just east of Caballo Reservoir, and it definitely lives up to its name. The trail doesn’t get used very often due to its being so difficult, but from what we hear there are even harder trails in the area. We’re looking forward to covering them in the future.
This slick-looking creation belongs to Tracy Hooker. It took about two years to complete a
A large group of vehicles on a trail as hard as this can spell disaster, or at least you know you’re in for a really long day. It was definitely a long day, but our group of 12 vehicles was very well equipped and experienced with the area, which made all the difference. The entire group got through the mile-long trail in just around seven hours with no major carnage beyond a fan belt, one torn brake line, a tire knocked off the bead, and obviously a bit of body damage.
Josh Simmons met Curtis Hill on a trail run a few years back, and they have been wheeling
Jeffery Jacobson is definitely a Jeep Scrambler fan. The ’85 Jeep is powered by an LT1 bac
Chris Thompson’s buggy is built on a Hendrix Motorsports chassis with modified Toyota runn
Ray Torres inherited this very clean ’42 Willys back in 1980 in stock form. Over the years
Chris Franich’s Toyota 4Runner is far from stock, and they both handled this extreme trail
Bobby Baird brought his Toy up from El Paso to run it through the brutal Warpath Trail. He
This is the seventh Toyota truck that Byron Mullins has built. He and his wife Megan drove
Curtis Hill grew up in the Caballo Lake area not 10 minutes from the Warpath Trail and was
Chris Jaskolskis buggy was built to mimic his daughter’s Barbie Power Wheels Jeep. This is
By Chris Pearson
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