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Dear firends out west - my bride and I are planning a vacation to your great state at the end of September / first part of October. Recently purchased a Funtreks guide book on trails (waiting for it to arrive) but have been on their website a lot. I like Black Bear Pass (momma not so much) and Alpine Loop but am not crazy about going out on our own since we're flatlanders. Would like to take my wife on a trail that might have lots of flowers & such, she likes stuff a lot.

Any chance we could tag along with a group of you folks who might be doing those trails on 9/30-10/2? Promise not to be any trouble for anyone and will follow any suggestions or advice given.

I'm blown away at what I see on You Tube from folks on these and other trails in that area. We're not big mudding type people, more trails & rocks kind of folks. I only have the factory skids so I think I have to becareful with the rock trails too ... she's my daily driver and it needs to get us back home!

I've got a 3.5" lift on her with 35's if that helps. We've done 1 Jamboree and that was 2 years ago in Indiana. Haven't had the chance to take this new Jeep off road yet, but hope to break her in when we hit Colorado.

Any help would be appreciated!
 

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That area has a lot to offer as far as I am concerned. You may have some trouble finding the wild flowers that late in the season but there may still be a few. Black Bear is a blast but keep in mind it is a 1 way going into Telluride. There are not to many places that you will need to worry about getting into some real nasty rocks. most of the trails are pretty tame compared to other areas in Colorado. there is a thread on this page that people have posted on that shows a lot of pictures from this season .
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f60/ouray-summer-2013-a-218857.html
Be prepared for early snow which would not be uncommon at those altitudes in October. This is my favorite area in the state and I am sure you will love it no matter which trail you end up on. Who knows I may just join you..........
 

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Dear firends out west - my bride and I are planning a vacation to your great state at the end of September / first part of October. Recently purchased a Funtreks guide book on trails (waiting for it to arrive) but have been on their website a lot. I like Black Bear Pass (momma not so much) and Alpine Loop but am not crazy about going out on our own since we're flatlanders. Would like to take my wife on a trail that might have lots of flowers & such, she likes stuff a lot.

Any chance we could tag along with a group of you folks who might be doing those trails on 9/30-10/2? Promise not to be any trouble for anyone and will follow any suggestions or advice given.

I'm blown away at what I see on You Tube from folks on these and other trails in that area. We're not big mudding type people, more trails & rocks kind of folks. I only have the factory skids so I think I have to becareful with the rock trails too ... she's my daily driver and it needs to get us back home!

I've got a 3.5" lift on her with 35's if that helps. We've done 1 Jamboree and that was 2 years ago in Indiana. Haven't had the chance to take this new Jeep off road yet, but hope to break her in when we hit Colorado.

Any help would be appreciated!
You don't have to be any trouble, we're all trouble in our own way :). We'd be happy to show you, except for me :hide: If it's a weekend trail, I'd be up for joining in. Will need to get another person to follow though. Let us know which trails your thinking of and this group will make a day of it :thumb:
 

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Thank you for the replies!

Unfortunately we're not able to leave Illinois until Friday evening which puts us in Colorado Sunday evening. We're honestly up for what ever anyone would be willing to do or a group that wouldn't mind some tag-alongs. We're staying in Montrose and arrive early evening the 29th. It doesn't seem to be too far from the trails suggested for Ouray. You all have some beautiful country out that way.

I hadn't even given it a thought about the possibility of snow at some of the elevations. Over the last handful of years, we've grown accustomed to being in some hot dry weather that time of year so I appreciate that tip too!

We're definitely excited about the trip and are really looking forward to meeting some fellow Jeep folks and seeing some of your beautiful scenery.
 

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My wife and I did the same trip last year the last week of september. We were tent camping and woke up the second morning to 6 inches of snow. So keep an ear on the weather for sure. You are heading to one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen. If you are into it look at this there are some really cool places to see from True Grit

John Wayne in True Grit, Then and Now, Extended Video - YouTube

Thank you for the replies!

Unfortunately we're not able to leave Illinois until Friday evening which puts us in Colorado Sunday evening. We're honestly up for what ever anyone would be willing to do or a group that wouldn't mind some tag-alongs. We're staying in Montrose and arrive early evening the 29th. It doesn't seem to be too far from the trails suggested for Ouray. You all have some beautiful country out that way.

I hadn't even given it a thought about the possibility of snow at some of the elevations. Over the last handful of years, we've grown accustomed to being in some hot dry weather that time of year so I appreciate that tip too!

We're definitely excited about the trip and are really looking forward to meeting some fellow Jeep folks and seeing some of your beautiful scenery.
 

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My wife and I did the same trip last year the last week of september. We were tent camping and woke up the second morning to 6 inches of snow. So keep an ear on the weather for sure. You are heading to one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen. If you are into it look at this there are some really cool places to see from True Grit

John Wayne in True Grit, Then and Now, Extended Video - YouTube
That was awesome! Can't wait to be out there! Thanks for the share :thumb:
 

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For sure take your time and enjoy it, it is amazing out there :thumb:

That was awesome! Can't wait to be out there! Thanks for the share :thumb:
 

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Made it to Ouray today and did Yankee Boy Basin ... beautiful. However ... used the rear lockers in a couple spots and during the last use, couldn't get them disengaged. I've got the 2013 10A Rubicon with a whopping 14k miles. Ran every trick I could think of to get them to unegage but with no luck. Steve at the local shop in Ouray was helpful in getting me towed to a dealer in Montrose. The jeep gets to sit over night until the mechanic takes a look at it in the morning. We've rented a car and are holed up in Montrose at the mercy of the dealer. Can't tell ya how bumed I am but hopefully it's a quick simple fix. I've got the whole super extended warranty thing so the tow and rental will be uneventful in the end. It's all about the dealer here and me having faith these cats can get her fixed quick. What we've seen so far of Colorado, amazing. Ouray is way cool and the locals who are jeepers are too cool and helpful. The trails I had planned before getting here, have been rearrange by the locals who get what we're wanting to do. Any way, if I get this thing back tomorrow (hopefully) maybe I'll still run across a few of you.
 
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