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I live in Kansas, My wife and I and another couple are wanting to take our Jeeps to Colorado and ride some trails. 2004 TJ sport 3" lift 32" tires , 2019 JL rubicon 2-1/2" lift 35" tires. Looking for some recommendations for a place to go that has good scenery and fun trails. None of us have much experience in crawling, and I don't want to tear up either jeep on our first outing. Anyone with a sudgestion? THANKS!
 

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I am heading out for the first time this summer to CO as well. Right now I am targeting the trails around Telluride and Ouray area. a couple on my list are Black Bear Pass, Imogene Pass, and Engineer Pass. None are terribly technical from what I have researched, but do take some smart driving. The scenery is incredible in the youtube videos I have watched.

I recommend checking out the "TrailRecon" youtube channel and his video of both Black Bear and Imogene. He does a good job covering them with some great videography to go with it.
 

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I am heading out for the first time this summer to CO as well. Right now I am targeting the trails around Telluride and Ouray area. a couple on my list are Black Bear Pass, Imogene Pass, and Engineer Pass. None are terribly technical from what I have researched, but do take some smart driving. The scenery is incredible in the youtube videos I have watched.

I recommend checking out the "TrailRecon" youtube channel and his video of both Black Bear and Imogene. He does a good job covering them with some great videography to go with it.
As a Jeeper in Colorado, I agree. Will be going to Ouray again this June. We have had a shit ton of snow this season and the run off may very well affect some of these more well know trails/passes. You my want to check ahead on trail condition before deciding which ones to try. Black Bear switchbacks , for example, could be quite dicey if not in solid shape.

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https://www.ouraycolorado.com/things-to-do/4x4/famous-trails
 

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I second the Funtreks book recommendation. They have two books to cover Colorado. The first one, that covers south of I70, is the better of the two in my opinion (we have both).
The Ouray area is amazing. But there are other great areas in Colorado. The Leadville area is close to a large number of great trails, including Mosquito Pass between Leadville and Fairplay. That is supposed to be the highest drivable pass in the state. It is very scenic. Bumpy, but no hard obstacles. There are also some nice easy trails by Buena Vista, 4 Mile Area or something like that. Lots of camping and trails, most of the trails there are easy, but Carnage Canyon is a bit harder....
The only issue with Jeeping in Colorado is the snow. It determines when the Jeeping season starts. The more snow pack they have the later many trails open. Many don't open until July on a typical year.
Holy Cross is a trail out there I want to try some day. It looks to be really cool. But it might be beyond our abilities.
 

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There is plenty of scenery (and pucker factor) to be experienced without messing around with Black Bear Pass. No need for lifts and other gear on most of the road trails around Ouray (Poughkeepsie, not withstanding). Just take your time.
 

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Thank you for the information. the snow and how it effects the trail was not something I was thinking about. Anything in the Denver or Colorado Springs area?
 

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Thank you for the information. the snow and how it effects the trail was not something I was thinking about. Anything in the Denver or Colorado Springs area?
Yes, there is plenty over that way. I would suggest you get the Funtreks book on the area. There is a easy trail from behind Garden of the Gods up Rampart Range road and over towards the Pikes Peak area. There are plenty of trails in that area. Trails that are higher in elevation tend to be affected by snow. But even lower trails can be affected because of the snow making things muddy and / or making water crossing deep.
 

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Oh, and if you want hard trails I have heard that Holy Cross is one of the best hard core trails in the state. It is in that general area.
That trail is on my to "To Do" list. But it is a long list.
 

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One of the prettiest trails is Pearl Pass. Crested Butte to Aspen. It sometimes doesn’t open until July or later. Nothing hard so a stock Jeep can make it.


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Great info given already. The snow fall really does dictate what trails are open. If you can make it down to Ouray and run Black Bear, Imogene, Ophir Pass....number one picks. Engineer Pass is awesome as well.
Near Buena Visat is Chinaman Gulch. Don't run this one alone but worth the effort. There is also Saran Wrap and Eagle Rock trails, tons of fun and great views.
Be forewarned. If you come wheeling in Colorado you won't want to leave.
If you get into high altitude and want to avoid "altitude sickness" drink plenty of water and eat some TUMS...antacids....it really helps for some reason.
 
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One of the prettiest trails is Pearl Pass. Crested Butte to Aspen. It sometimes doesn’t open until July or later. Nothing hard so a stock Jeep can make it.
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Agreed! Here is a pic from a trip in 1996. My cousin and my best friend and I all had our Jeeps that day. You can't see my cousin or his Jeep as he is on the hill across taking the pic. At the time, none of us had ever been over a pass in Colorado and it was one of the coolest experiences in the years of trail riding I have ever done. We went through 6 different weather changes in one day and ran into a field of unmelted snow pack at the top that was 150 yards long and had to charge at it and daisy chain with tow straps backwards and then at it again and again for about 2 hours. It's been that many years and it remains a very found memory for the all out fun, beauty, adventure and good times - plus I have never been off road with both my best friend and my cousin at the same time since then.

Fyi - also a great hiking trip which we are doing with a very good group of friends this Fall :thumb:
 

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Thanks for the information. I’m going through CO the 3rd week of July and wanting to do a few trails.

I did Engineer Pass on a KLR650 a few years ago and it was challenging on a big heavy bike. I’m looking forward to trying it out in a Jeep.
 

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It's definitely been a great snow year in the west. Some ski areas like Mammoth Mountain California will be open through July 4th again!!
Can the loop from Telluride to Ouray coming back down through Black Bear be done in one day (once the snow clears obviously)?

Might try to make it out later in the summer.
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We just cancelled our late June Ouray trip and rescheduled for September. It just won't quit snowing up here and I am sure it will be a late one for a lot of the trails in CO this year.
 

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It's definitely been a great snow year in the west. Some ski areas like Mammoth Mountain California will be open through July 4th again!!
Can the loop from Telluride to Ouray coming back down through Black Bear be done in one day (once the snow clears obviously)?

Might try to make it out later in the summer.
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Yes, you can do Black Bear and Imogene as a loop in a day. You can start in Ouray, take Black Bear down to Telluride, have lunch, and then take Imogene back to Ouray for dinner.
 

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Thanks GuzziMoto

Yes, you can do Black Bear and Imogene as a loop in a day. You can start in Ouray, take Black Bear down to Telluride, have lunch, and then take Imogene back to Ouray for dinner.
Thanks for the confirmation. I would think it could be done starting in Telluride with lunch in Ouray and return to Telluride via Black Bear then. Makes more sense for me coming from Southern California.

Time for some planning! No Whining now....
 

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Found another pic of the Pearl Pass day in 1996 going through old stuff. Good times.

We are putting the Ouray to Telluride and back loop on the agenda for September for sure. Appreciate the confirm as well.:thumb:
 

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