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I'm planning on heading out to CO Aug 9-15. I've never been out this way and was looking for some help planning it out. That first weekend I am hooking up with a group in Telluride/Ouray to run some trails in the area. After that, I plan on overlanding my way back east for the remaining 4-5 days before I have to hit the highway and head back to Ohio.

I'm looking for some suggestions on what trails would be good for this heading east (or at least somewhat east) from Ouray. I'm looking for more scenic trails as I will be alone and don't want to get stuck by myself on some difficult trail. Any must sees? Open to suggestions from locals or those that have wheeled/camped CO before.

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I would just stay in CO the whole time then plan 2 days back to Cleveland. I did CO to Toledo last summer and that drive sucked although I didn't overland and was on I-70 or I-80.

BTW I was just in Ouray/Telluride/Silverton/Durango a couple weekends ago and it's amazing right now. Everything should be open by early August.
 
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I would just stay in CO the whole time then plan 2 days back to Cleveland. I did CO to Toledo last summer and that drive sucked although I didn't overland and was on I-70 or I-80.

BTW I was just in Ouray/Telluride/Silverton/Durango a couple weekends ago and it's amazing right now. Everything should be open by early August.
Yeh, I'm not looking forward to the drive. I'm thinking it's going to take me 2.5 days. My max is about 10 hours in one day.

I have no issues staying in CO. I just don't want to get too far out west to lengthen that drive home. I also have no issues driving an hour or so each day to get to some cool trail/ overlanding spot. I just don't really know what's out there other than the popular wheeling trails. I've also been looking at TrailsOffroad.com to try to get some ideas.
 

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@irishtim7 If you are not looking for 4x4 trails, I recommend Crested Butte area. You can take hwy 50 east back from Ouray to Gunnison and Kebler Pass back to I 70. Checkout Paradise Divide/Schofield pass and Crystal Mill near that area.
Also recommend the drive up Mt. Evans near the Denver area. It is a paved road not a trail, but it is a fun drive and not too far from I 70.
 

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Yeh, I'm not looking forward to the drive. I'm thinking it's going to take me 2.5 days. My max is about 10 hours in one day.

I have no issues staying in CO. I just don't want to get too far out west to lengthen that drive home. I also have no issues driving an hour or so each day to get to some cool trail/ overlanding spot. I just don't really know what's out there other than the popular wheeling trails. I've also been looking at TrailsOffroad.com to try to get some ideas.
Once you spend a day in the Ouray area you're not going to want to leave. I'll attach a couple examples why. There are so many trails there it'd probably take 2 weeks to do them all. This book is very useful in that area: https://smile.amazon.com/Guide-Colo...-Drive+Trails&qid=1562618820&s=gateway&sr=8-6

It took me 22 hours Denver to Toledo and Cleveland is 2 hours west so your math adds up to me for 2.5 days. A quick tip is on your way back make (if you're on I-80) sure if you're stopping after 10 hours to stop in Nebraska. We learned the hard way when I wanted to push another hour when going into Iowa and didn't find a hotel for 4 hours...

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BTW I was just in Ouray/Telluride/Silverton/Durango a couple weekends ago and it's amazing right now. Everything should be open by early August.
Don’t count on this, Colorado has had record snowfall last season as in ludicrous amounts of snow and many of the passes and trails have been affected. Sorry I don’t have more info, I haven’t been keeping up with what’s closed and open.
 
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@irishtim7 If you are not looking for 4x4 trails, I recommend Crested Butte area. You can take hwy 50 east back from Ouray to Gunnison and Kebler Pass back to I 70. Checkout Paradise Divide/Schofield pass and Crystal Mill near that area.
Also recommend the drive up Mt. Evans near the Denver area. It is a paved road not a trail, but it is a fun drive and not too far from I 70.
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check them out.
 
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Once you spend a day in the Ouray area you're not going to want to leave. I'll attach a couple examples why. There are so many trails there it'd probably take 2 weeks to do them all. This book is very useful in that area: https://smile.amazon.com/Guide-Colo...-Drive+Trails&qid=1562618820&s=gateway&sr=8-6

It took me 22 hours Denver to Toledo and Cleveland is 2 hours west so your math adds up to me for 2.5 days. A quick tip is on your way back make (if you're on I-80) sure if you're stopping after 10 hours to stop in Nebraska. We learned the hard way when I wanted to push another hour when going into Iowa and didn't find a hotel for 4 hours...

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Yeah, that's insanely beautiful. I'm not sure what trails we are going to run yet with the group. So, I'll maybe stick around Ouray a little longer. I'll definitely be getting that book too. Thanks for the tip.
 

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Once you spend a day in the Ouray area you're not going to want to leave. I'll attach a couple examples why. There are so many trails there it'd probably take 2 weeks to do them all. This book is very useful in that area: https://smile.amazon.com/Guide-Colo...-Drive+Trails&qid=1562618820&s=gateway&sr=8-6

It took me 22 hours Denver to Toledo and Cleveland is 2 hours west so your math adds up to me for 2.5 days. A quick tip is on your way back make (if you're on I-80) sure if you're stopping after 10 hours to stop in Nebraska. We learned the hard way when I wanted to push another hour when going into Iowa and didn't find a hotel for 4 hours...

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Hi. Since you’re a mod, I need you to come up with a way for me to like this post more than once.
 
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are those pictures real? is that place real?

I'm going to follow this thread closely. I've wanted to go out to CO my whole life. I keep telling myself this is the year but it's just me and I never seem to take time to make plans. one of these days.
 

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Once you spend a day in the Ouray area you're not going to want to leave. I'll attach a couple examples why. There are so many trails there it'd probably take 2 weeks to do them all. This book is very useful in that area: https://smile.amazon.com/Guide-Colo...-Drive+Trails&qid=1562618820&s=gateway&sr=8-6

It took me 22 hours Denver to Toledo and Cleveland is 2 hours west so your math adds up to me for 2.5 days. A quick tip is on your way back make (if you're on I-80) sure if you're stopping after 10 hours to stop in Nebraska. We learned the hard way when I wanted to push another hour when going into Iowa and didn't find a hotel for 4 hours...

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Crikey, those are real nice pix right there. :rock::camera::rock:
 

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Besides the book recommended, I've used the site: http://trailsoffroad.com

There's tons of good trails on the way out. I'd recommend looking into the Breckenridge/Montezuma area if you want to stay around I-70. Otherwise, some really fun trails around Colorado Springs along Rampart Range Road with amazing camping and views of Pikes Peak.

Also, the Boulder area. I think it's called the Switzerland Road or something. Could hit up Rocky Mountain NP (if it's open, there's a nice little road up to the top) and take the Peak to Peak Highway back down towards/Boulder/I-70. I wish the book would have covered that area. If you're up for a little challenge, Pennsylvania Gulch was a ton of fun, actually that was the first trail I went on.

I'm hoping the San Juan passes will be open when I'm there in a couple weeks. C'mon sun do you job!

I've biked up that before. Freaking awesome. Nothing like being on a bike coming down the road at 60mph+. :)
 
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