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Unread 08-15-2013, 02:35 PM   #1
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Ouray, CO - San Juan Mountains

I had to work in Montrose, CO for a week, so the wife and I took advantage of grandparent's babysitting and enjoyed a long weekend of Jeeping in the San Juan mountains.

In two days, we rode:
- Black Bear Pass
- Imogene Pass
- Engineer Pass (about half of it)
- California Pass
- Hurricane Pass
- Corkscrew Gulch
- Yankee Boy Basin

It was our first time to take the Jeep on an extended road trip. I was slightly apprehensive as to how it would go, but the TJ just ate up the miles and the trails like it was nothing.

If you want to see a full trip report with about 60 pictures, I've posted one here: http://www.bfewkwa.com/?p=222

If not, the summary is that CO rocks and I wish I lived there. Ouray is amazing and I now have first hand knowledge of why it is nicknamed the Jeep Capitol of the World.

Here's one picture to whet your appetite. Follow the link above to see the rest.



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Unread 08-15-2013, 03:33 PM   #2
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Great report, thanks for sharing. My family and I made it to Ouray two years ago, I have found my retirement location.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 04:41 PM   #3
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....I have found my retirement location.
No doubt....I just don't want to wait that long.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 04:49 PM   #4
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Nor do I, actually have half way looked in Grand Junction. Couple hours to Ouray or Moab. That would be just a move, not retirement, still have 20 plus years for that.

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Unread 08-16-2013, 02:58 PM   #5
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Ouray is great

Awesome pics. Brings back memories from 2 months ago when the wife and I spent a week in the same area. It was a long drive from Plano, TX but well worth it.
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Been on these trails many many times! Thanks for reminding me how great they are!
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I recently made the same trip on the same trails. Such an awesome place!
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Unread 09-11-2013, 10:14 AM   #8
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Glorious. I'm headed that way next yeat for sure! Nice pics btw.
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Unread 09-11-2013, 04:42 PM   #9
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We lived in Montrose for 4 years until the bottom fell out in 2008. That meant moving back to Texas for work. Loved living there except for the winters. We were not into winter sports......but if you are, that will work in your favor. The ghost towns in the San Juans are numerous and documented here. www.ghosttowns.com We were also into geocaching.....always good to get out and exercise your legs. www.geocaching.com
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Great trip!!

Generally, anyone know what are the months that these trails are passable?
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Very cool, I hope to be out there in August of 2014.
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I had to work in Montrose, CO for a week, so the wife and I took advantage of grandparent's babysitting and enjoyed a long weekend of Jeeping in the San Juan mountains. In two days, we rode: - Black Bear Pass - Imogene Pass - Engineer Pass (about half of it) - California Pass - Hurricane Pass - Corkscrew Gulch - Yankee Boy Basin It was our first time to take the Jeep on an extended road trip. I was slightly apprehensive as to how it would go, but the TJ just ate up the miles and the trails like it was nothing. If you want to see a full trip report with about 60 pictures, I've posted one here: http://www.bfewkwa.com/?p=222 If not, the summary is that CO rocks and I wish I lived there. Ouray is amazing and I now have first hand knowledge of why it is nicknamed the Jeep Capitol of the World. Here's one picture to whet your appetite. Follow the link above to see the rest.
cool review. I'm heading out there in 2 days. It is going to be my first time off roading and I'm wondering if it will be something a novice wheeler can handle? And do you go out with people or meet people and tag along? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks
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cool review. I'm heading out there in 2 days. It is going to be my first time off roading and I'm wondering if it will be something a novice wheeler can handle? And do you go out with people or meet people and tag along? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks

Sorry for the slow response. I hope you get to see this before you head out to CO.

I consider myself to be a novice wheeler too. I've been to a couple of off-road parks here in TX, but this was my first trip to CO.

Generally speaking it is never a good idea to wheel alone, but I didn't worry about it too much when we were in CO simple because of the number of people out running the trails. I'm not sure how busy the trails will be this time of year, but we were always seeing other people every 30 min or so.

In my opinion, the key to enjoying any of the trails is to be prepared, take it easy and go slow. Black Bear is the perfect example. There's nothing too technical or hard about the trail, but it has a bad reputation because of the high risk factor of the last mile of switchbacks heading down into Telluride. I had no trouble tackling it in the rain, but we simply locked the Jeep down into 4-Lo and crawled down slowly.

Enjoy your trip and take lots of pictures. The colors should be starting to change and I think you'll see some amazing scenery.
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Great trip!!

Generally, anyone know what are the months that these trails are passable?
Any local advice from anyone?....or is it so variable that this is a stupid question? Is May totally impassable?

I'm planning a trip out there...would just like to know what the windows of opportunity are.

Thanks for any help!
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Sorry for the slow response. I hope you get to see this before you head out to CO.

I consider myself to be a novice wheeler too. I've been to a couple of off-road parks here in TX, but this was my first trip to CO.

Generally speaking it is never a good idea to wheel alone, but I didn't worry about it too much when we were in CO simple because of the number of people out running the trails. I'm not sure how busy the trails will be this time of year, but we were always seeing other people every 30 min or so.

In my opinion, the key to enjoying any of the trails is to be prepared, take it easy and go slow. Black Bear is the perfect example. There's nothing too technical or hard about the trail, but it has a bad reputation because of the high risk factor of the last mile of switchbacks heading down into Telluride. I had no trouble tackling it in the rain, but we simply locked the Jeep down into 4-Lo and crawled down slowly.

Enjoy your trip and take lots of pictures. The colors should be starting to change and I think you'll see some amazing scenery.
One more thought.....

jscherb was just there in CO and posted some pictures from his trip. Might be ready for snow....

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/sa.../index411.html
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