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Old 04-15-2016, 02:30 PM   #1
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Colorado, where to go and use our Jeep

We are planning a trip this summer to Colorado. Last year we spent sime in Moab Jeeping, this year we are thinking Colorado.

Top of our list right now is Durango. Maybe park the coach, and do day trips in the Jeep? Maybe ride the train again?

Anyone have suggestions on great places to Rv and do a little offroading?

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Drive the coach up to Silverton - really not a big deal. There are awesome trails out of there.
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Yes! Silverton! More trails and beauty than we could have ever imagined! Google "Alpine Loop"


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We are heading to the Durango area as well in August. I have the Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails booklet. Very good information on jeep trails in Colorado. Can't wait to get out there and do some exploring.
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We are heading to the Durango area as well in August. I have the Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails booklet. Very good information on jeep trails in Colorado. Can't wait to get out there and do some exploring.
X2 on "Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails, 3rd Edition"

It can be purchased on Amazon. Follow the link.

Be sure to read the section on "Rules of the Road" so you know who has right-of-way when you meet an oncoming 4-wheeler on the trail.
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We are planning a trip this summer to Colorado. Last year we spent sime in Moab Jeeping, this year we are thinking Colorado.

Top of our list right now is Durango. Maybe park the coach, and do day trips in the Jeep? Maybe ride the train again?

Anyone have suggestions on great places to Rv and do a little offroading?

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Thanks all!

Well, we thought about spending time in Silverton, as it is not that far from Durango, but didn't think about staying there.

We were thinking Durango had more places to eat in the evening, better weather etc.. and we could drive the jeep to Silverton?

That book sounds great, checking it out.

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Silverton, Ouray, or Lake city. The are all tied together with a lot of Jeep trails,that's where we always go.
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Ditto on the Ouray (Ridgway State Park is really nice) Silverton and Lake City (several RV parks in town but VERY crowded). If you enjoy eating out in a nice restaurant, Durango has many to choose from, but not much in the other 3 towns.
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We've stayed in Ouray ~1.5 Hours from this House. As mentioned above, tight Quarters in the few RV Parks there. At the Webcam below, see the steep Topography that causes this. Lotsa Folks reserve a full Year ahead. The KOA North of Town is pretty spacious; on old Ranchland River-side. I just did a drive-by. I use Google Earth Flyovers to examine Sites. The Elevation Indicator at the Webpage bottom, when tracked along a Road, fills you in on Road Grade expectations.

Me, I'd go with Silverton over Durango. Like the Hub on an old Wagon Wheel, Silverton is more centrally located than Durango to surrounding areas. That said, the one Silverton RV Park we drove through was kinda glum. More reason to use Google Earth, and the 'Street View' Function there. Molas Lake, just South of Silverton, is amazing! However, Rigs over 20' or so wind up on a cut Bluff not near the Water.

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This Ouray Webcam color went haywire, but here's a view down into the old Mining Town of Ouray North of Silverton. Lotsa old Mines = lotsa Mine Trails.There's a massive Jeeping Operating in Ouray. Why? Supply/Demand, due to so many Trails all around.

- Ouray CO Webcam -

Alternately, Ridgway State Park is a nice setup. Especially the 'upper' Sites. South to Ouray. West from Ridgway to Telluride. Almost no RV Sites in Telluride, but a pretty - and pricey - Town.

Telluride is a nice drive from Ouray or Ridgway. Lake City is East.

Be sure to stayed posted on Road conditions. Frequent Summertime Roadwork, and Rock Slides that cause Closures.

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If you're planning to stay in Silverton over July 4 weekend...reserve now. It's an extremely popular time to be there. They have a fun parade and the fireworks are awesome! Folks drive up from Durango and down for Ouray/Montrose to see them. The RV parks in town are not 'resorts' but they're very doable and always have great folks to talk to about the day's drives.


We've always boondocked at South Mineral Creek at the BLM place. We nosed our motorhome in at the creek and had wonderful views of the flowing water and the snow-capped mountains in our front window. It used to be that you could fill the tank with water at the Visitor Center on the side of the building. To dump we went into Silver Summit RV park for a nominal fee. That RV park is very popular. Good memories.

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I have a summer home in South Fork Colorado and we have about 600 miles of Jeep trails through the nearby Rio Grande National Forest.
When we get tired of the home trails we go to Lake City and Jeep all the way from Lake City over the pass to Silverton & Ouray and back.
Another popular Jeeping area is around Buena Vista Co and up into the Collegiate mountains and old mines nearby.
Just about any back country area of Co has some nice Jeep trails.
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Wow, thanks for all the info. I am going to need to stay longer!!!

and maybe re-plan a little and stay in Silverton.

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If you like to run Jeep trails, you can spend a lifetime of summers in the areas mentioned. Some are ok, some are spectacular, and then there is Black Bear Pass...
It is hard for a flatlander to look at a map and see it is 30-35 miles between Lake City and Silverton or Ouray, and know that it takes about 4 hours.
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