great pics and writeup...it looks like you guys really did your homework, having sleds for the dunes, now that's good. just wondering where did y'all start out from when in colorado and do the passes all meet with each other, i mean, didya stay on the offroad sections the whole trip or didya have to take roads from one to the other?
We started in Lake City on Cinnamon Pass. We did not stay on the trails the whole time, and were on asphault for at least a little bit each day. If you wanted to you could stay off the asphault for a couple days if you stayed around the alpine loop between Lake City and Ouray. There's lots of smaller trails that branch off the alpine loop that could keep you busy. But to get to Black Bear Pass or Imogene Pass you'd have to get on the highway for a bit.
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Glad to see people come up and enjoy the mountains. One week is not enough......two weeks is better, if you can stand to camp that long. We moved to Montrose, Colo. 3 1/2 years ago (from Ft. Worth, Texas)........which puts us 35 miles North of Ouray. Summer weekends are spent doing trails and camping. It's like being on vacation all summer long. Winters are boring.......don't ski or anything.
Will have to wait until I have 25 posts to show everybody pics. Have tons, both summer and winter pics. Next time you come up I can show you some trails that aren't on the map.
Sometimes even more than that. Bushducks is a good place to get info, but I also check the forest service site, and there is a road condition site on the Ouray Co website its pretty much up to date, since alot of the rental and tour bus places depend on the trails being open.