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Old 08-06-2014, 03:30 PM   #1
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Colorado trip planning

Some of the local guys from St. Louis and I are starting to plan a trip to Colorado next summer.

Looking for advice on trails and places to wheel. Looking to do 5-7 days and camping. I know there are plenty of camp grounds around. We are ok with primitive on the trails too if that is an option.

Not necessarily looking for crazy technical stuff since we will be driving out and driving home(14+ hours each way). While were not averse to the tough stuff, on a trip like this, it makes it hard to justify possibly breaking a lot of stuff very far from home. Couple Wranglers(YJ's, TJ's, JK's) and a couple XJ's. So mostly trails and passes.

So if anybody has any "must do" trails or passes or other area's so I can start the planning process I would appreciate it.

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Check out TrailDamage.com. Since you guys don't want to break anything with a 14 hour drive I'd personally say keep the ratings to around 3-4.

The whole Ouray area is very popular and extremely scenic. Check out some of the trip reports and you'll see what I mean.

As for camping, as long is it's not private property or there's signs posted I look at Colorado as one giant camp ground. I've never been to a campground and have never had an issue finding somewhere to pitch a tent.

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Old 08-06-2014, 04:09 PM   #3
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That website is awesome.

It looks like there is enough to do down near Durango/Teluride/San Juan National Forest to keep busy for a week.
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That website is awesome.

It looks like there is enough to do down near Durango/Teluride/San Juan National Forest to keep busy for a week.
Easily. That's one of the best areas. Very scenic.
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For scenery you can't beat Ouray. The problem is that there aren't any technical trails there (ok one). Most everything in Ouray can be run in a stock Jeep. Hell, we were there last week and there was a Toyota Yaris on the trail (although it wouldn't be able to do much). 4x4 and clearance is all you really need. And a week isn't enough there, but a good start!

As mentioned above, take a good look at trail damage and get an idea of what you are looking for and then report back. The guys here will certainly steer you in the right direction....hell they may even join and guide you! FYI there are several trails that are rated high but have bypasses. That allows you to still do a tougher trail but bypass anything you might find too much.
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Yea I am sure I will have lots of questions and obviously anybody is welcome to go.

I mean we are welcome to other idea's on area's with lots of trails where we could spend time. If we waste half a day relocating to another area it kills part of the trip we could spend wheeling, fishing, hiking, etc... I know I saw some area's around Leadville when I was out there in 2010.

Like I said, none of us want to break anything and while we enjoy technical/harder stuff, on a trip like this if you spend half a day or a day fixing something broken it just ruins the trip. At home you just drag a guy back onto a trailer and tow him home. Not that we are not adept at trail repairs.

Is it better to go down I70 to Grand Junction and south or better to go south out of Denver through Springs and then west on 50?

Damn it, MOAB is right there too, forgot about that.
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Look at traildamage and see what you want to do and we'll guide you from there.
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Old 08-06-2014, 06:59 PM   #8
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My wife and I are doing mesquito pass next summer. Told her we were visiting Leadville (historical mining town) and then driving to the Mountain Comfort Bed and Breakfast. What she doesn't know is there is a 7hour drive over the mountain, won't she be surprised. Here is the video
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Mesquito pass doesn't take 7 hours to get over....???
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Mosquito is only about 20 miles, an hour or two at most. Maybe 7 hrs if you walk!
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Mineral creek looks like a good trail that takes you to 2 others which then branch into a few others with possibly a camping spot by a lake at the end of one of the trails. Would that whole assembly of trails work out to a good solid day with camping at the end?
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7hrs is what I'm planning on to get from the Stanley hotel to Leadville and then to the bed and breakfast. Sorry I wasn't clear about that.
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Ouray is the most scenic but it would add another six hours to your trip. Buena Vista will keep you busy for a week plus some and it is beautiful down there. My wife and I spent a week down there trail riding and had a blast.
Plus you can go up north to Fairplay and get another weeks worth. It is about 40 minuets north of Buena Vista.

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Mineral creek looks like a good trail that takes you to 2 others which then branch into a few others with possibly a camping spot by a lake at the end of one of the trails. Would that whole assembly of trails work out to a good solid day with camping at the end?
Most likely two days. Or one long day.
I stopped a lot and took pictures, 1500 of them.
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Plan on Late July. I went back in June of this year and their was still lots of snow. Really wanted to run Black bear and Imogene but both were still snowed in.
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Woot! Looking forward to seeing you guys again!
Btw, hiring Crim Investigators at my work.
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Might as well start that Ouray 2015 thread now. We're coming!!

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Got ya, now back on topic for the OP.

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