I'll be wheeling in the Ouray/Telluride area in June/July. I have a CJ 5/ 33's/ lockers etc. Will I have a problem. How difficult/dangerous is it. I'd love to go there but I don't want to scare the pooh out of my wife. I am experienced. Are there usually people going through there every day. Where is a good place to set my M.H. up for a week or so, so that I could stay around the area and camp while I wheel. I DON'T NEED HOOKUPS, and would rather dry camp as cheaply as possible.
B.S from North Carolina
Black Bear Pass is maybe a 1-2 rated trail until you get to the switchbacks above Teluride. The switchbacks are more of mental challenge than a driving challenge, but there have been accidents in the past. With a CJ you will have plenty of room.
Use Amazon.com and look for a 4x4 guidebook of the area. I really like the books by Charles A Wells. They include some history for the local area and have ratings for the trails, GPS way points and trail guide maps.
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Thanks for the quick reply. I was hoping a CJ5 would not have any problems on Black Bear Pass. I do have that book by Wells as well as several others he has written, he is very good. We are going to spend a month in Utah and a month (July) in Colorado. Any other areas besides the Ouray are that you would recommend? Hey Polecat maybe we'll hook up out there. Are you from Florida?
Thanks, I have a 5 day reservation July 6th @ Ridgeway State Park for that area. Anywhere you would recomend where I could camp & wheel, (no hook ups OK) the 4th of July weekend. It would be on the Utah side of Colorado. I'll be coming from Utah.
Agreed on Ridgeway State Park...a group of us have tent camped there for the last 2 years in July and it's a great place. They have plenty of showers/restrooms and well water pumps for cooking, cleaning, etc. You may want to reserve a spot as soon as you can as it fills up quick in the summer. IIRC, you have to do all the reservations online but that may have changed. There's also a good sized lake for swimming and boating. As far as BBP, we have actually ran into issues with snow and the pass not being opened yet so you might want to call ahead of your trip and see what the status is.
The switchbacks of Black Bear Pass will get your heart pounding but you feel and almost are on top of the world.
If you get a bit uneasy leading up to the Jeep day-hike the switchbacks backwards from Telluride a day or two before (an hour or two hike)-it really helps you get perspective and you can feel the stability of the "road" during the switchbacks.