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Old 05-17-2016, 09:59 PM   #15
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Been over it several times with my Suites, both directions. Not terribly hard, just need to keep your head in the driving/switchbacks/gearing for downhill. Some great scenery for the passenger to look at if he/she can open the eyes...
The other route mentioned is great, also, but has some good pulls also.
Ridgway State Park is a good place to 4-wheel out of, South Mineral area just out of Silverton is good for boondocking, couple of RV parks in Silverton.
Get it figured out this time so you can do it right the next time--you will want to come back.
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Taking Rt 145 is not a bad choice then while in the Jeeps do 550 - then when you head home you will make the choice of 145 or 550 from having been on the road.

We love all the areas - Trout Lake - Telluride - Rico - Dunton - Owl Creek Pass - ............just soooooo much to see and do.

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Been over it several times with my Suites, both directions. Not terribly hard, just need to keep your head in the driving/switchbacks/gearing for downhill. Some great scenery for the passenger to look at if he/she can open the eyes...
The other route mentioned is great, also, but has some good pulls also.
Ridgway State Park is a good place to 4-wheel out of, South Mineral area just out of Silverton is good for boondocking, couple of RV parks in Silverton.
Get it figured out this time so you can do it right the next time--you will want to come back.
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Thanks Joe for the tips on boondocking
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Just don't miss it with either your towed or RV. One of the most beautiful rides in the continental US.
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South Mineral area has long been a boondocking destination--so much so, FS has put in compost toilets. The area gets pretty crowded, not sure it qualifies as 'boondocking' any longer. As you are heading out of Sivlerton towards Ouray, keep a watch out for CG signs to South Mineral CG--take that road to left and follow until you get to the 'boondocking' area--you can't miss it.
If you make it to the Creede area, take 149 towards LC and you'll come across a pretty nice boondocking area on west side of highway going up Spring Creek Pass, and not far from the entrance to Bristol Head FS CG. Lots less used than South Mineral--it is behind a gate, but you can see the spaces in use, not private land, gate is kept closed, but unlocked. Bristol Head itself is a nice FS campground and has had extremely super hosts for last several years--you won't believe the nice condition of the toilets, even have area carpet and air fresheners. If you have an extra-long rig/trailer setup, need to be careful making the turn into BH, need to swing as wide as possible to clear cattleguard. Clear Creek FS CG further up same road is a more remote, fewer sites but good for to get away from civilization.
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