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Old 10-17-2011, 04:06 PM   #1
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Jeep trails in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado?

I live in Los Alamos New Mexico and was wondering about best sites to find off road Jeep trails in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado? I don't plan on rock crawling or I would've gotten the Rubicon but will the Sahara handle primitive Jeep trails? I mean moderate off roading, snow, mud, some rocks in trails. Im not sure what to expect out of my jeep off road?

I need some good trails including web sites and maps.

Anyone know of or done the Tower Ruin Run out in the Rio Puerco valley through Bernalillo and west of San Ysidro on US 550. Suppose to be the Guadalupe Historical Site and the Guadalupe Ruins.

I'm also wanting to start up my own Jeep club to meet bi monthly and go light to moderate off roading as a day trip family type outing. Its gong to be Historical and scenic like "The Cahco Canyon Run" "Tower Ruins Run" "Red River Run" Etc... Any ideas?

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Old 10-18-2011, 02:55 PM   #2
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There are quite a few site that claim to list trails, I have yet to find one that does a very good job. I think most of us are stingy with sharing "our" trails for fear someone will screw them up for us. Your best bet is to find a more experienced Jeeper to show you around, or get a local topo map and explore, just make sure you aren't trespassing. As for starting a club, NOHVCC has lots of great info for free. A club is also a great way to find trails. A stock Jeep will do a lot more than most of us give them credit for. I would recommend getting out and trying it out, before making any upgrades, see what works for you and upgrade accordingly. Otherwise you'll end up with a Jeep that has upgrades beyond the drivers ability. If you have cash burning a hole in your pocket, I would recommend armor, test your limits and the Jeeps can lead to trail rash!

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Old 10-18-2011, 03:06 PM   #3
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Tons of legal (and beautiful) trails in Colorado and Utah:

TrailDamage.com - All Trails

There are a ton of trails with varying difficulty from smooth dirt roads you'd share with minivans to stuff requiring big tires, lockers, and a winch.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:25 AM   #4
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Thanks Bubba.... lots of nice trails but many of them are at least a 5 hour drive. I espically like the looks of Black Bear Pass near Silverton CO.

I want to do off roading however Im sticking the ones that are little to no rock crawling. Sorry maybe thall change in a few years one my 2012 Saharaget worn.
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Old 10-19-2011, 12:26 PM   #5
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Thanks Bubba.... lots of nice trails but many of them are at least a 5 hour drive. I espically like the looks of Black Bear Pass near Silverton CO.

I want to do off roading however Im sticking the ones that are little to no rock crawling. Sorry maybe thall change in a few years one my 2012 Saharaget worn.
I wouldn't complain about a 5 hour drive...for me its at least a 12 hour drive And across Kansas to boot!

There are a ton of trails in the Silverton/Ouray area that are awesome. Cinnamon Pass is an easy trail a Jeep Liberty can do (making use of the skid plates...but still). Make a weekend trip out of it and have a blast!
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:08 PM   #6
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The Rio Puerco west of Rio Rancho and the Cedro trail in the Sandia Mountains, are decent trails around town. Not too tough to get through most of it.

Diablo Canyon and Tank Trap just north of Santa Fe are a little more challenging, so maybe once you upgrade a little you can try them out. There are also a lot of four-wheeling trails near Farmington. If you run a few searches, you will find them.
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:59 PM   #7
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I live in Los Alamos New Mexico and was wondering about best sites to find off road Jeep trails in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado? I don't plan on rock crawling or I would've gotten the Rubicon but will the Sahara handle primitive Jeep trails? I mean moderate off roading, snow, mud, some rocks in trails. Im not sure what to expect out of my jeep off road?

I need some good trails including web sites and maps.

Anyone know of or done the Tower Ruin Run out in the Rio Puerco valley through Bernalillo and west of San Ysidro on US 550. Suppose to be the Guadalupe Historical Site and the Guadalupe Ruins.

I'm also wanting to start up my own Jeep club to meet bi monthly and go light to moderate off roading as a day trip family type outing. Its gong to be Historical and scenic like "The Cahco Canyon Run" "Tower Ruins Run" "Red River Run" Etc... Any ideas?
Rio Puerco near Albuquerque is great trails. And by the way, your Sahara WILL climb rocks, do articulations, and still be great for the highway. Our 09' JK Unlimited Sahara does a rock called Snoopy Rock, its done something called Dragons back, another called Rock Garden, and a few others that would blow your mind. Go out and find your limits on the trail, that jeep will surprise you. Check out my jeep profile for everything we have(BTW its all stock). Don't forget "The wave."
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:35 PM   #8
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check it out... Cabezon Trail 66 Miles Round Trip - Offroading trip | EveryTrail
Ill have to look up some of those... thanks
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:54 AM   #9
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There are several "easy" trails just out our back-door. Rendija canyon (closed for rehabilitation from the fire, but should be open next spring), Guahe canyon - was a lot of fun last time I went out in November, plus all the "hunt" trails off of dome road up in the Jemez - these should re-open next spring as well.
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:20 AM   #10
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where or how do i get to the tower ruin run??
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:29 PM   #11
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Cabezon Trail 66 Miles Round Trip - New Mexico, United States

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Sorry for the slow delay, I’ve been on vacation the past 2 weeks.

Go to http://www.everytrail.com/ and search for "Cabezon Trail 66 Miles Round Trip"

or go here...

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1353528

My trip incorporates other things but at the end are the Indian ruins. You’ll enjoy it.
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Trip Location: Cabezon, New Mexico, United States
Length: 33.0 miles each way
Duration: 3-5 hours
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just found this on a search...Trip Report: Tower Ruin -High Desert Rovers
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I have been looking at that Cabezon turn off for awhile now. I will be making that trip hopefully before May.

Does anyone know of any maps for the state rd 10 area off of NM 4? It runs from the winery to just East of the Jemez Falls. There is a camp ground near the winery but I for get the name. Its a great 4x4 trail with awesome views if you are new Los Alomos. Looks to be an old logging area but I have never had the time to branch off.

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