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DWNUNDR 01-04-2014 10:27 AM

Off roading suggestions for a visitor to Colorado
 
My family may be visiting my wifes brother in Westminster (Denver) for a week in May...

Wanting suggestions to some fun offroading adventures for the family (4 kids under 10) and recommendations on what I need as far as permits etc in CO as a visitor to ride trails in my Truck..

I own a basically stock 98 100 series.. I have some 285s on her and upgraded shocks but that is it.. I even have stock running boards ;)

I am mostly interested in small challenges as I will most likely be a love vehicle and not much offroading experience in it.. I am currently perusing your Cascade Creek Furlough thread (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/foru...ad.php?t=20350) and it is pretty much exactly what I want... MN is flatter than Kate Moss so anything with great Views and fun trails for a day would be welcomed for suggestions.. heck even if there are some guys going out for the day around those dates (I will visit thread often with better dates) I would love to tag along and learn...

thanks and Hi

MisledYouth 01-04-2014 10:40 AM

You'll probably have better luck with The Gulches (Hackett, Longwater, Metberry, Illinois) as they get more sun than the higher mountain stuff. April/May is when we all head to Moab to get in some dry runs. You still may be able to tiptoe into SOME of the higher mountain trails. As far as permits and stuff, just bring your driver's license and registration. I'm sure the club will be doing some runs by then.

Also, this may be helpful:
www.traildamage.com

DWNUNDR 01-04-2014 12:21 PM

order of expectations:

1. Great Views (picture worthy and fun for families)
2. A days adventure around Denver (ie leave am come back pm)
3. At least some 4L required.. Id like some challenge but not to a point of getting stuck in the middle of nowhere
4. Rough Terrain ok (stock 100 series with 285's)
5. FUN FUN FUN

not asking too much am I? haha

I have now spent 3hrs looking at both the stay the trail site and Traildamage.com comparing the write ups, ratings and locations... wow.. you guys have a lot to enjoy down there.. we have....... Lakes :(

MisledYouth 01-04-2014 02:11 PM

In May it still depends on how much snow is where. If you don't mind not being able to complete some trails, you may be able to get through at least some of some of the higher ones. A lot of stuff doesn't start opening until June-ish, but there will DEFINITELY be some stuff to check out. China Wall and The Gulches are open year round. There will probably be some snow patches and stuff, but that's part of the fun. That time of year is when this page will start being updated:
http://bushducks.com/tripreps/passopen.htm

^ is updated by the public as people start filtering onto the trails, so keep your eye on that too. You'll be playing it by ear, just like we are.

DWNUNDR 01-04-2014 04:11 PM

NIce.. thanks again..

I dont mind snow.. Im from Minnesota hahha just played in 1-2ft of snow in my yard (80 acres....) its the not knowing whats under it thats the problem haha

MisledYouth 01-04-2014 04:29 PM

Come dabble in May, and then come back in August! That's the best time to catch the full glory of Colorado.

Inukshuk 01-04-2014 05:45 PM

Wait till about a week out and then look at snow levels and ask again.

subzali 01-04-2014 08:15 PM

The problem with spring snow is it's hard, but variable when the sun is on it. It can turn to slush and then re-compact back into ice and/or icy concrete and get you stuck.

DWNUNDR 01-04-2014 11:47 PM

Id settle for anything TBH... dont need scary stuff.. just scenic... be fun to drive on anything other than salted FLAT roads...

I have to resort to playing in my backyard hahaha we do have one place 4 hrs North, Gilbert Offroad but we only go up for skiing and this year they had at least 2ft of snow... couldnt go anywhere in there.... :)

subzali 01-05-2014 09:02 AM

Slaughterhouse Gulch is usually a good bet. Boreas Pass might be open too that time of year, not sure


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