Colorado Mountain Man

JEEP'N IN COLORADO

Jun 30,2016

Colorado's Rockies have more places to fourwheel drive than you could possibly visit in a lifetime. Scenic trips can last for days and visiting the ghost towns and mining camps of the past will take you back in history wondering how they did it. The majority of Colorado's open access to fourwheel drive roads and trails are located within the National Forests. There are easy, moderate and hard trails to lead you to your pleasure. To view the 4wd rating system, click on 4WD RATING SYSTEM.

Planning your route from start to finish is very important. If you are not experienced with driving on fourwheel drive roads, then you should start on easier trails with lower difficulties. During the planning and preparation phase, you need to know your vehicle, your driving experience, do you have the proper equipment, what season are you going, and what is the weather going to be like.

It is extremely important that you have the right equipment with you before you go. A friend of mine went out fourwheeling and ended up getting stuck with no equipment. He waited for 4 hours in the middle of nowhere before someone came by to assist him with his delima. My checklist has just about everything I need, plus more. Everyone heading out fourwheeling should have one. My checklist is listed below.

On a fourwheel drive road, you will encounter rocks, steep uphill and downhill grades, sand, slick rock, mud, stream crossings and snow. Storms can alter roads and trails making them impassable, so be ready for it. Several trails in Colorado end up being a one lane road. What are you going to do when another vehicle approaches? There are road rules that you should go by when you are out on the trail. To see the rules, click on ROAD RULES.

Some of the famous trails in Colorado to visit are Imogene Pass, Black Bear Pass, Engineer Mountain, Ophir Pass, Mosquito Pass, Tomichi Pass, Yankee Boy Basin, Georgia Pass, Montezuma Basin and too many more to name. Jeep Clubs visit these fourwheel drive trails every year. A great way to meet new friends with the same interest is to join one. It's a lot safer to travel in numbers than to be out there by yourself.


DO NOT TRAVEL OFF THE ROAD OR TRAIL UNLESS SPECIFICALLY ALLOWED.
4wd Rating System
Road Rules

CHECKLIST OF EQUIPMENT
ESSENTIALEXTRA ITEMS
Bottled WaterBinoculars
Camping GearExtra Gas
Cold Weather Gear Extra Oil / Fluids
Emergency Food Flares
Flashlight Fire Extinguisher
Maps GPS
Medical Kit Handsaw
Rain Gear Jumper Cables
Shovel
/ Multipurpose Ax, Pick
Tire Guage
Spare Key
Spare Tire
Survival Kit
Tools
Working Jack

Vehicle Recovery Methods include a Winch, Winch Kit, Towing capability, Jack and Tire Chains.

Special 4WD Equipment might include a CB Radio, Portable Air Compressor, Auxilliary Driving Lights and a Tire Sealing Kit.

Colorado Mountain Man