Road Trip; need things to see
We'll be heading to Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper -- then to Glacier -- then to Yellowstone -- then to Rocky Mountain NP in July.
We'd like to sight-see and get some dirt on the wheels. No rock-climbing, but not the regular tourist thing either.
Equipment is a 2008 JK Sahara, stock. Only add-ons are comfort and CB. Snap-strap, compressor, shovel, saw, axe, that kind of thing.
Any good roads to suggest?
We were in Montana last summer and stayed over night in a couple of different ranger stations that they now rent out. One of them was way out in the back country. It was south of Enis and west of West Yellowstone. To get to our cabin we drove on part of a road called the Gravely Range Road. I would call this basically an unmaintained scenic road. We didn't drive the entire road and some parts might be rougher than what we drove. But for the most part it was passable in 2wd. I really only used 4wd on the way out because it was pouring rain. Because it rained all week my view was also quite limited. So I really don't know exactly how beautiful it is. But from what I saw it looked pretty nice and I want to get back out there again sometime and drive the full Gravelly Range Road. Here is a map of the general area. You'll have to do more research on the road and decide where you want to drive it. I think its broken and doesn't run all the way through in places. But since you have a Jeep that may be just what you want. I just don't know how rough it gets. Then again it may be easier than you want. But its one place to check out. Here is a mapquest link to the general area. http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp...ge+Road&zoom=4
If you like ghost towns, check out Virginia City and Alder along with a couple of others in the same area. I was a little dissappointed as they have parts of the original towns fenced in and charge you to go see them. So it seems a little too touristy to me. But it was still kind of neat.
Rocky Mountain National park is quite beautiful as well. My wife and I were out there 2 years ago. We drove a nice trail in more southern Colorado south of Glenwood Springs that went out to Chrystal Mill. But that is a long way from Rocky Mountain NP. We did drive one small "trail" within the park. But this is really just a one way gravel road. You will see lots of cars and minivans on this road. But it is still enjoyable since it gets you off the main road a little. The trail is called the Fall River Road. You can view this trail and others at www.traildamage.com. There are a lot of trails in Colorado. There are even a couple of them near Rocky Mountain NP. So check them out at traildamage.com. Here is the link to Fall River Road which is right in the park.
I hope this helps you a little bit. Let us know how your trip goes and post some pictures if you can. I hope you have at least 2-3 weeks set aside for this trip. Because quite frankly, I think you could spend 2 weeks up at Lake Louise/Jasper area alone especially when you include Glacier NP. Yellowstone would also be easy to spend a week at. Then another week in Northern Colorado would just get you started with some nice trail riding.
I might be wrong but I don't think you will find much for trail riding up in Canada. Montana has a lot of fire roads that you can go out on but nothing is really marked. If you find some MT guys on the forum send them a PM. I'm sure most of them wont mind going out with you or telling you where to go. Your best chance for doing some trail riding will be the last leg of your trip in Colorado. If you go to www.traildamage.com you will find maps and some awesome descriptions of the trails out there.
So take in all the normal tourist stuff up in Canada, Glacier, and Yellowstone. Maybe drive the Gravelly Range Road if you have time. Then enjoy some trail riding your last few days in CO.
Fargo, that Traildamage site is great!
I called the FS and they're sending me a map of dirt roads in the Black hills, my wife found a site for Banff, and Estes Park looks like it'll be fun.
We used to "Combat Tour" on a motorcycle --- 1000 miles a day for several days on end. We're trying to get accustomed to staying in one place for more than a day or two --- I guess I should've just picked two locations and stayed longer at each. But we'll have fun; I like to drive ALL DAY...
Thanks again for the story and links.
While I'm not familiar with that end of the MT, (It's almost 300 miles west), I recommend that you plan for possibly going around Logan Pass. Last I checked, which was a week ago, the highway was still under 10 feet of snow.
As for trails to take, check with the clubs at: http://www.m4x4a.org/
Good luck, have fun, and welcome to my home. :2thumbsup:
Logan Pass was great!!!
I can't believe how beautiful (and uncrowded) the whole Rockies region is...
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