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    Planning a trip to Colorado

    Hey guys, I am not sure if this is the correct place for this post. My wife and I as well as our 4 year old are planning a trip to Colorado. We are looking for trails or a route to take to make the most of our first trip with the Jeep. We have a JLUR with a 3.5 game changer lift, 38" Patagonia tires, and a winch. We are planning our trip for the last weekend of July, and I have purchased Charles Wells Guide to Colorado Backroads. We will be coming from Texas and will have 6 days 5 nights. We might be pulling the pop up camper and setting up a home base, or we might just get cabins, along the way. We do want to spend 2 nights out on the trails at a cool site or two (by a lake, or old abandon mine, something cool) My off road experience is beginner to intermediate, I have done some local trails in Texas at Hidden Falls in Marble Falls and Barnwell mountain in Gilmer, but have not made it to Colorado yet. I am asking for any advice on trails and camping locations. Thanks a TON!

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    What area of Colorado will you be in ?

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    We want to see the white sand dunes. So plan to come up thru Trinidad and the work our way out. Really no plans yet. Maybe to Durango, Leadville or up to breck. Looking for advice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Txhrns08 View Post
    We want to see the white sand dunes. So plan to come up thru Trinidad and the work our way out. Really no plans yet. Maybe to Durango, Leadville or up to breck. Looking for advice.


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    Breck is beautiful but more for a tourist type of feel IMO. And it has gotten really busy/crowded. Might be best to do that one during the week and find some forest roads nearby for camping. Also, any trails you may want to reach out to the forest service in those areas because we got a ton of snow this year. I don't know much about the trails in the other areas.

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    http://www.bushducks.com/tripreps/passopen.htm#peak9

    Great site for Colorado trails status.


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    Definitely check out the trails in the San Juan's, alpine loop, imogene, ophir, and the towns of telluride/ouray, silverton, animas forks, etc. However, those trails probably wont open until deep into the summer, so make sure you are checking the status of their closure. A few years ago, I was in vail and it was 75 degrees, and Shrine pass, not far from there was still under 10 feet of snow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NFRs2000NYC View Post
    Definitely check out the trails in the San Juan's, alpine loop, imogene, ophir, and the towns of telluride/ouray, silverton, animas forks, etc. However, those trails probably wont open until deep into the summer, so make sure you are checking the status of their closure. A few years ago, I was in vail and it was 75 degrees, and Shrine pass, not far from there was still under 10 feet of snow.
    Okay thanks for the leads up. I will keep watching the closure. We are waiting for the last weekend before school starts back, so hopefully we will make it this summer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Txhrns08 View Post
    Okay thanks for the leads up. I will keep watching the closure. We are waiting for the last weekend before school starts back, so hopefully we will make it this summer.


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    You should be fine then.

    We took these pictures yesterday up around 12,000 ft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    You should be fine then.

    We took these pictures yesterday up around 12,000 ft.

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    You still got a ton of snow also I see.

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    Try Lake City on the east side of the Alpine Loop. Last summer we stayed at The Texan on the south side of town. No joke, everyone there was from somewhere in Texas.

    Lots of Jeeps and SxS all throughout town. Itís in the CW book as well.

    We drove our Armada out there and rented a JKUS because I only had a TJ at the time, but canít wait until we go back in my JLUR.


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