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Old 07-04-2019, 04:34 PM   #31
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Take a look at the Colorado BackCountry Discovery Route for ideas. Query "COBDR".

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Old 07-08-2019, 01:21 PM   #32
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I'm heading through Colorado on my way to Moab in a couple of weeks. I plan to spend July 21st and 22nd in Colorado. The 23rd through 25th in Moab and then the 26th and 27th in Colorado.


I originally planned on staying in Silverton or Ouray, but due to the snow closures I'm thinking that it won't be worth it. I'm thinking Durango may be a better choice.


Is anyone familiar with jeep trails around Durango?
Not quite an answer to your question, but I would suggest you look at the FunTrek book on southern Colorado (they have one for I-70 and south, then they have one for north of I-70).
There are some good trails in Colorado that aren't as dependent on he snow melting.
Additionally, I would call the ranger station in Ouray and see what the status is closer to your trip.

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I would call the ranger station in Ouray and see what the status is closer to your trip.
This is very sage advice. They will steer you in the right direction.
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Great info here - thanks everyone. I'm heading to CO in late June next year and realizing that some of the trails that I want to do may not be open, but I can't reschedule.

Is there any safety issue with going through the passes alone (one Jeep)?
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Great info here - thanks everyone. I'm heading to CO in late June next year and realizing that some of the trails that I want to do may not be open, but I can't reschedule.

Is there any safety issue with going through the passes alone (one Jeep)?
There are safety issues when you are alone. Anytime you wheel alone you need to be concerned about safety. You also have safety issues when you are with other Jeeps. Being alone is not completely different, just different.
We have done most of the passes in that area, and each time we were alone. But we bring supplies and tools with us in case things go wrong. Things like a fire extinguisher and first aid kit are no-brainers. I would also carry common tools, food and water, blankets, and anything else you might want if you have to spend a night on the trail.
I recommend you take trips like that very seriously, but don't be afraid to take them. Just take precautions in case things go wrong. Use your head. And remember, you can always turn around.
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We did Ouray to Telluride via Ophir in 2017 the first week of August. Not a bit of snow on the road going over. This year will be different due to the amount of snow over the winter.

Plenty of water crossings. One being about 24" deep, the others were 12-18" deep. I was stock height with 265/70 KO2's and had zero issues.

We had talked about an Ouray trip again in September but are going to Big Bend NP and Terlingua for Thanksgiving instead. Off the grid for 5-6 days on 15,000 acres of a private land.
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Didnt read all the posts, but:

Near Loveland Pass off I70- past Georgetown, the little town of Montezuma has some great trails. A known trail is as follows: https://www.jeeptheusa.com/red-cone-30.html

Wonderful time if you take your time. From my altimeter, we were at 14,800.
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Highest point is Mt Elbert at 14,440. What I didn't know is that Colorado has more 14k' mountains than Wyoming or Utah and that Mt Rainer is only 14,411. Thought it was tallest.
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I’ve scheduled for the middle two weeks in Sept. Salida, Creede, Ouray, Frisco, Canyon City. Been searching Colorado Jeep Trail Conditions, with some sites that are somewhat up to date. There’s a few Youtube Colorado Jeep trail videos for 2019 you can watch.

Previous trips I’ve found the Jeep rental places the most helpful for trail conditions. Best if you call right before you get there, like you might be thinking of renting a Jeep. But they’ve been helpful when I pulled up in my Jeep. If they are really helpful I buy a map or something.
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I’ve scheduled for the middle two weeks in Sept. Salida, Creede, Ouray, Frisco, Canyon City. Been searching Colorado Jeep Trail Conditions, with some sites that are somewhat up to date. There’s a few Youtube Colorado Jeep trail videos for 2019 you can watch.

Previous trips I’ve found the Jeep rental places the most helpful for trail conditions. Best if you call right before you get there, like you might be thinking of renting a Jeep. But they’ve been helpful when I pulled up in my Jeep. If they are really helpful I buy a map or something.
Royal Gorge, by Canyon (Canon) City, is a cool place. Very tourist, but the gorge and the bridge over the gorge are very cool.
Sounds like a good trip, that is around the time of year we have been so far (we are usually the end of Sept and beginning of Oct). Sometimes you get some early snow. But hopefully it isn't enough to block any of the passes. We have only had that issue once, last fall.
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Royal Gorge, by Canyon (Canon) City, is a cool place. Very tourist, but the gorge and the bridge over the gorge are very cool.
Sounds like a good trip, that is around the time of year we have been so far (we are usually the end of Sept and beginning of Oct). Sometimes you get some early snow. But hopefully it isn't enough to block any of the passes. We have only had that issue once, last fall.
We’ll be coming down from Frisco to Cripple Creek then hitting the Shelf Road to Canyon City. And a loop that the Jeep tours use north of town. Added this cause the motel prices in Canyon City are cheap. Put it at the end of the trip cause it can be hot there.
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We’ll be coming down from Frisco to Cripple Creek then hitting the Shelf Road to Canyon City. And a loop that the Jeep tours use north of town. Added this cause the motel prices in Canyon City are cheap. Put it at the end of the trip cause it can be hot there.
That is a nice road / trail from Cripple Creek to Canyon City.
The hotels are priced good and there is some good food for good prices. We had Mexican at one little hole in the wall that was great and still cheap.
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That is a nice road / trail from Cripple Creek to Canyon City.
The hotels are priced good and there is some good food for good prices. We had Mexican at one little hole in the wall that was great and still cheap.
I forgot to mention Frisco, Breckinridge, Keystone for a Friday and Saturday night.

Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub, and the Boathouse Cantina on the river, in Salida.
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You cannot miss in CO, honestly, if you aim for the high country and get above timberline. I live here and the trails, peaks, lakes, and old mine sites are seemingly endless. You run into "trouble" (too crowded, hard to make a schedule work, hard to find accommodations) when you seek the big name trails and focus on that.

As an example, I just did a 5 day in lesser visited areas and was blown away by both the trail quality (challenge, excitement), views, and history. Without crowds. Bonus of more wildlife due to no crowds, too.

But not to knock the Ouray area and Alpine Loop. Beautiful and easy roads, no drama or danger, and especially good for first timers to try out the whole scene. I did most of them years ago in a Subaru (save Poughkeepsie and other actual 4wd trails, obviously) and again last year in a well set up TJ. The toughest thing to face is the fear of ledges at a handful of spots.

Some photos from my 5 day last week:
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You cannot miss in CO, honestly, if you aim for the high country and get above timberline. I live here and the trails, peaks, lakes, and old mine sites are seemingly endless. You run into "trouble" (too crowded, hard to make a schedule work, hard to find accommodations) when you seek the big name trails and focus on that.

As an example, I just did a 5 day in lesser visited areas and was blown away by both the trail quality (challenge, excitement), views, and history. Without crowds. Bonus of more wildlife due to no crowds, too.

But not to knock the Ouray area and Alpine Loop. Beautiful and easy roads, no drama or danger, and especially good for first timers to try out the whole scene. I did most of them years ago in a Subaru (save Poughkeepsie and other actual 4wd trails, obviously) and again last year in a well set up TJ. The toughest thing to face is the fear of ledges at a handful of spots.

Some photos from my 5 day last week:...
Wow - outstanding pictures! I am a beginner so will likely stick to the big name trails when I am out your way next summer. I just hope that they are open and not still covered in snow.

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