Flopped Big Bend Unimog Recovered

About two weeks ago, we reported on a Unimog which had unfortunately been flopped in Big Bend National Park, forcing a closure of Old Ore Road. You can read about it here. With the huge increase in park traffic for the holiday season we knew it was only a matter of time before they’d bring heavy equipment in to extract this beast, and now it appears they have.

Earlier today, we spotted a post from Tavo’s towing company showing a commercial wrecker, an excavator or fork lift, and a front end loader making a unified effort to right and recover the Global Expedition Vehicle. From the looks of it, everything worked out, which means it is probably on a very slow roll back out of the park behind the tow truck. This is great news for the owner, but also a big relief for all of us heading to the park for the holidays.

Hopefully, the owner will get the truck repaired and back out on adventures soon, this time with some valuable lessons learned under his belt.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Senior Editor while living full-time on the road.