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Unread 06-17-2010, 11:21 AM   #1
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Colorado & Utah Road Trip 2010 (LOTS OF PICS)

My wife and I headed up to Colorado for some job hunting stuff and figured we would take the jeep along with us. We ended up making a vacation out of it and had a great time.

3500 miles
78 hours of driving (according to our GPS)
tons of great trails in 3 great wheeling spots

I have a ton of pics so I will post them up in order as best I can
While hanging out in Denver we went and drove up Pikes Peak to kill some time

Day one of the trip took us from Denver to the Aspen area to run Pearl Pass

our camp site off Pearl Pass

Driving up Pearl Pass


Then we headed to Lincoln Creek:

Grizzly Lake


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Unread 06-17-2010, 11:25 AM   #2
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a few more from lincoln creek

our shower setup

Then we headed to Devils Punchbowl

Crystal Mill

We made it up to the Punch Bowl but it was frozen over so we turned around


And our awesome camp site that night
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Unread 06-17-2010, 11:31 AM   #3
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Then we headed to Moab for a few days
Had the jeep from the cover of crawl a few months back park next to me at the store


Then we ran out to Long Canyon


Tusher Tunnel

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Unread 06-17-2010, 11:37 AM   #5
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Our campsite at Gooney Bird Rock


Then we headed to the Needles District of Canyonlands
Petroglyphs

Elephant Hill (My new favorite Moab trail)


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Unread 06-17-2010, 11:41 AM   #6
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Elephant Hill continued




Then we hiked The Joint Trail



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Awesome pictures! Also noticed the IAFF tags -- Where abouts do you run?
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Our campsite in Canyonlands





Then we headed to Ouray, Colorado
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Unread 06-17-2010, 11:58 AM   #11
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Awesome pictures! Also noticed the IAFF tags -- Where abouts do you run?
Thanks, I work for a department just north of Austin.

Hopefully I will be in Colorado in the next few years. We went up there for this trip so I could test.
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Awesome pics. I'll be in both places again the last 2 weeks in July and I can't wait. Might send you a PM about the trails in Moab that you ran.
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Crystal Mill
Ah man it just pains me to see that picture. I drove that trail about 4 years ago. I was having the time of my life. But I got off to a late start due to a longer than expected hiking trip in the morning and it was about 3pm or 4pm when I left the town of Crystal. By about 5 or 6pm I still hadn't reached the Mill. I was probably going much slower than I needed to. In part because I had my 3 month old son in the back, in part because I was alone and inexperienced. Anyway, it was getting dark and it looked like it was going to rain (again). At that time I was driving my old 99 Sahara with half worn Wrangler GSAs that I just didn't trust in the rocks on those shelf roads in the rain, so I turned around. I think I was probably about 1/2 to 2/3s of the way there when I turned around. That is if I was still on the right trail. So now I feel defeated everytime I see a picture of the Mill. I so much wanted to see it. Some day when the kids are older I will get out there again. There are a lot more trails I would love to drive now. But that trail is the one that really got me hooked on Jeeping. I can skip the offroad parks. What I love is easy/moderate trails with fantastic views that the average tourist can't drive.

Your trip looks fantastic, I want to do everything you did. Your campsites are all awesome. Are you just in the National Forest somewhere or were those actual sites?
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Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing. And awesome Rubi LJ.
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Awesome pics! I need to get out and wheel more here in CO before/if I move
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