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Unread 01-16-2014, 07:36 PM   #1
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NC to Snowmass, CO with a 30ft Gooseneck

It's 1,635 miles to Snowmass
We got a full tank of Diesel
A Couple of locked Jeeps
On the goose,
Its dark and we're wearing smiles.

That's a 24 hour drive according to Google so we will probably drive shifts. Our trip will take place in August and wanted y'all's input.

What would be your favorite hardcore trails to visit?

Should we drive straight through Kansas (with tolls) or take the 1 hour longer Nebraska route?

What are some must stops on Hwy 24, 29, 70 or Hwy. 80?

Thanks and will update with pictures when we hit the road!

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Unread 01-16-2014, 10:56 PM   #2
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Going to the Jeep Jamboree?
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Unread 01-17-2014, 09:53 AM   #3
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No the jamboree is not quiet our cup of tea. We were hoping to hit some of the hardcore trails.

I stole this list off another forum. What would you change or add/subtract from this list.

1. Montrose (recreation)
2. Carnage BV (recreation)
3. Mt. Blanca (camping)
4. Holy Cross (camping)
5. 21 Road (camping)
6. Patriot (recreation)


Moab is 3.5 hours away so might skip a few of these and camp in Moab one night.
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Unread 01-17-2014, 09:10 PM   #4
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If in August, look up Black Bear Pass opening (Telluride to Ouray) to match up. Its only open few weeks during the year due to the snow fall on very top. Its not considered hardcore, but views and narrow ridge trail can give you a new take on where you are relative to NC.

If you are going that far in travel, stay in CO. Then following year, hit Moab for a week.

If you make a trip to Moab, 2 trails right outside end of town are Moab Rim and Cliff Hanger. If you want to hit a harder trail, Pritchett Canyon is on same road west out of town, but its return is a long ride back. Many do another trail (Behind the Rocks) on the way back from Pritchett. Then there is the BFE area! Another great place to go for 'hardcore' in Moab.
Check out http://www.rr4w.com/ (RedRock 4-wheelers). Their info on trails is very supportive (http://www.rr4w.com/trails.cfm).

Since you can make a run back through CO in center CO, then hit up Buena Vista Carnage Canyon. Great way to end the trip.
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Unread 01-19-2014, 09:01 AM   #5
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Go through Kansas. There is one toll on I-70 and it is west of Kansas City, Kansas near the Kansas motor speedway. Drive 45 miles west and pay your toll just east of Topeka, KS. Kansas raised their speed limits within the last two years or so, but they seem to have a lot of troopers, so be aware. Interesting state to drive through, but it takes a while. Colorado has three more hours of Kansas like terrain until you see the mountains. Enjoy!
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Unread 01-21-2014, 08:31 AM   #6
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I've had someone mention to take I-40 all the way to ABQ and go north from there. The scenery is supposed to be much better and should only be an extra hour. Do y'all agree?
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Unread 01-21-2014, 06:32 PM   #7
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Go through Kansas. There is one toll on I-70 and it is west of Kansas City, Kansas near the Kansas motor speedway. Drive 45 miles west and pay your toll just east of Topeka, KS. Kansas raised their speed limits within the last two years or so, but they seem to have a lot of troopers, so be aware. Interesting state to drive through, but it takes a while. Colorado has three more hours of Kansas like terrain until you see the mountains. Enjoy!
Topeka to Denver is an easy drive. I don't care for I-70 through Missouri and usually avoid it on my way to Colorado as it's just a lot of traffic.

Anyway, I've never run 21 Road but I've heard a lot about it. My parents use to live near it. Yes, drive Black Bear. Have a great trip.
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