Below are a lot of pictures from my recent two week Jeep and camping trip to Colorado. This was my first visit with my TJ in it's 'stage one' setup. Well it took three days to reach our final destination of Ridgway, Colorado for a total of 3,200 miles at an average 13 mpg. I didn't do any tough trails and didn't get in all that I wanted, but I do have to say that my TJ certainly drives better off-road and I can't wait for the next trip!
Here is the TJ packed. It was stuffed! A tent, two sleep bags and pads, a cooler, winch supplies, tools and two duffle bags for clothes and camping supplies. I also had to strap several chairs in a duffle bag to the spare tire. We have two dachshunds that had their bed above the gear on a rack. The next time I'm going to have a small trailer for the camping gear.
Once we arrived in Denver I planned to drive several easy trails on the day we drove to our camp site near Marble, CO. The first stop was Jones Pass that crosses the Continental Divide.
Unfortunately we had to park the Jeep just below the divide due to a snow drift still running over the top.
We then drove down Shrine Pass on the south side of Vail, which was also an easy, scenic trail.
We then arrived at our campsite along the Crystal river. Thanks to tube yj
for the recommendation to camp at the Bogan Flats Campground
. Looks like we had the same spot!
Fortunately the first night camping we had our tent setup just in time as it started to rain and rained until midnight. What was cool was the front area of our new tent as my wife and I were able to sit on chairs and drink beer and eat jerky out of the rain since having a fire was not going to happen.