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Last made a trip out to Colorado two and a half years ago. It was an awesome trip, but to my regret I was only there for 3 days. I've been wanting to get back ever since. I thought about it last year, then began to see that it wasn't realistic, so I set my sights for the year after. That time is now here and if I'm going to do it I won't make the same mistake I did last time, especially with there being so much to see and do. Decided to lump all my vacation time together and take a few weeks to make it happen.

After some research and planning, I came up with a route including a few of the key areas I wanted to explore. I'll be following this route but not following a strict itinerary. The plan is to camp, hike, wheel, explore, and more! It'll be me, my girlfriend and a buddy of mine. We will be meeting up with my cousin and her boyfriend for a day while out there. Hopefully meeting up with some of you folks along the way as well. It should be the trip of a lifetime.

Here's some images of the route once I'm there:

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- Including the trek from Connecticut then back to Connecticut, it's around 5600 total miles.

- Going to maybe stop at the Four Corners while passing through the northwest corner of New Mexico.

- I have a list of possible things to do in each place, along with a list of places to wheel and trails to hike. I have some awesome hikes already planned and have been in touch with a few people to organize some trail time. For the most part we are just going to take it easy and be sure to take it all in.

- For those of you familiar with any of these areas, feel free to input any info, advice, or recommendations you may have.

- I'll be doing some updating, I just wanted to get this posted up while I had the time. Pictures, videos, questions, and other info will be posted here as the trip unfolds.
 

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Wow. That's quite an itinerary. You'll be around some of the best wheeling and scenery you can imagine.

Here is a web site with good information about off-roading trails in Colorado and Utah that is very helpful. http://www.traildamage.com/

Not sure where you'll be in this circuit on Sept. 20th, but I'm hoping to get up to a trail called Twin Cone just off Kenosha Pass in Colorado that day. There are huge forests of aspen trees there and at that time of year the Fall colors should be spectacular.

Keep us posted!
 

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If you have any questions, I can speak in detail about the point "M" on your itenary - Black Canyon of the Gunnison, North Rim. My wife's family has lived in that area for over 100 years. We have a cabin and private hunting property not too far from the North Rim park (I've been going out there for 20 years). I'm really surprised to hear someone focusing on the north rim, it is not as accessible as the south rim, so it get far less visitors. The views of the canyon are great though. The drive on hwy 92 from the Blue Mesa dam just west of Gunnison for the next 30 miles is really fun and beautiful. You'll stop and look a lot, if you want to hike, I suggest the Pioneer Point trail (in the Curecanti Rec Area), and inside the North Rim Park Boundary I'd hike out to Exclamation Point.

I would plan more time around Ouray and Silverton, there's SO much to see there, so little time.

Enjoy your trip, you will remember it always!
 

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Some beautiful country - you could spend a lifetime on your route and not see it all so don't be disappointed when you have to pass something up. Bring some warm clothes as you'll be in some high country and nights will get cold in Sept - snow predicted over 10k feet near me tonight. Don't be shy, stop at the mom & pops and visit - many westerners may not seem overly friendly but believe it is more affording you privacy. If you initiate conversation they will open up and talk your ear off. When you get away from larger towns and major highways fill your tank at 1/2 as many places are closed nights and Sundays.
 

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Wow. That's quite an itinerary. You'll be around some of the best wheeling and scenery you can imagine.

Here is a web site with good information about off-roading trails in Colorado and Utah that is very helpful. http://www.traildamage.com/

Not sure where you'll be in this circuit on Sept. 20th, but I'm hoping to get up to a trail called Twin Cone just off Kenosha Pass in Colorado that day. There are huge forests of aspen trees there and at that time of year the Fall colors should be spectacular.

Keep us posted!
I will most likely still be back around Grand Junction around the 20th. I'll be in the Twin Cone/Kenosha Pass area mid-week as I'll be making my way back on I-70 into Boulder/Denver for the end of the week and weekend. So I'll be a few days late! Let me know if anything changes

Let us know if you want to meet up with the NORAC crew while you're in town!
If you swing into Denver some of the NORAC crew can meet up for beers
Of course. I'll be in the Denver area for a few days at the beginning of my trip and then again at the end before I leave. A little over a weeks total time.

Also, let me know if you guys organize any other trail runs in the area. If I'm around I'm there.
 

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If you have any questions, I can speak in detail about the point "M" on your itenary - Black Canyon of the Gunnison, North Rim. My wife's family has lived in that area for over 100 years. We have a cabin and private hunting property not too far from the North Rim park (I've been going out there for 20 years). I'm really surprised to hear someone focusing on the north rim, it is not as accessible as the south rim, so it get far less visitors. The views of the canyon are great though. The drive on hwy 92 from the Blue Mesa dam just west of Gunnison for the next 30 miles is really fun and beautiful. You'll stop and look a lot, if you want to hike, I suggest the Pioneer Point trail (in the Curecanti Rec Area), and inside the North Rim Park Boundary I'd hike out to Exclamation Point.

I would plan more time around Ouray and Silverton, there's SO much to see there, so little time.

Enjoy your trip, you will remember it always!
Yea the drive on Highway 92 is part of the reason I chose the North Rim! Free camping, the views, and less crowds made the North Rim seem like a no brainer to me.

Some beautiful country - you could spend a lifetime on your route and not see it all so don't be disappointed when you have to pass something up. Bring some warm clothes as you'll be in some high country and nights will get cold in Sept - snow predicted over 10k feet near me tonight. Don't be shy, stop at the mom & pops and visit - many westerners may not seem overly friendly but believe it is more affording you privacy. If you initiate conversation they will open up and talk your ear off. When you get away from larger towns and major highways fill your tank at 1/2 as many places are closed nights and Sundays.
Thank you I appreciate the advice. :thumbup:
 

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So make sure to stock up on supplies/food before you leave Gunnison, there's nothing out there til the other side of the North Rim Park. There is a convenience store called "Desperado" just past the turn off to the North Rim Park, this is just as you're coming in to Crawford. Gas, a few grocery items, but everything there is high as a cat's azz. It's mainly geared for the hunters that frequent the area.

If you're looking for some good food, good burgers and such at a place called The Boardwalk in Crawford, I haven't eaten there in a year or so, but it was still there in July when I was last in Crawford. I like a place called Zack's BBQ better in Hotchkiss, especially like their generous breakfast. You'll see these two towns on the map, they're after you start coming into the adobes.

Useless trivia: Joe Cocker has a big ranch in Crawford. He used to run a restaurant there in Crawford, it's a nice looking place on the left as you make the 90 degree turn in town (inside of the turn). Couple of different startups have happened in there after Joe shut down, it just can't survive the lack of business in the winter.
 

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When you're in Page, stop at the following. Upper and lower Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe bend, both of those you drive up to and its like a half mile walk. Upper and lower antelope are guided by the indians. Then you can wheel up to alstrom point. Easy wheeling, one part requires some height clearance, but I did it stock. All the points are highly photographed and well worth it.

if you have time check out wire pass also. Just a quick google search and you'll be convinced to check these places out. Its truly one of a kind.
 

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When you're in Page, stop at the following. Upper and lower Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe bend, both of those you drive up to and its like a half mile walk. Upper and lower antelope are guided by the indians. Then you can wheel up to alstrom point. Easy wheeling, one part requires some height clearance, but I did it stock. All the points are highly photographed and well worth it.

if you have time check out wire pass also. Just a quick google search and you'll be convinced to check these places out. Its truly one of a kind.
I had originally planned on both of those. I'm definitely doing Horseshoe Bend, but may skip Antelope depending on time. Thanks for the recommendations

Have a safe trip and enjoy. Get your butt out of bed real early - sunrise is the best time of day!!!
Thanks a lot :eek:ccasion5:

Let us know when in Denver!
Will do!
 

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Day 2 - September 7th, 2014 - Travel Day

Toledo, OH to Lincoln, NE. Miles traveled: 718.6

Not many pics for the day haha. Home made chicken sandwiches and a real long drive




Will finally be arriving in Colorado today. Heading into Boulder for a day or two to kick off the trip!
 

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you could do antelope canyon and horseshoe bend easily in 2-3 hours depending on the tour times.

Horseshoe bend you park at the trail head and walk out it. Its about 3/4 of a miles. Its a beatiful place for sun set, you'll be facing west.

If you want to wheel up to alstrom point I'd stay the night you'll be facing east and lake powell looks great at sunrise.
 

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Day 3 - September 8th, 2014 - Travel Day/Boulder, CO

Lincoln, NE to Boulder, CO. Miles driven: 499.6

Got into Boulder around 5 and explored the a little bit. Pulled into Boulder Nissan while I was passing by and ran into Blueberry. Found a cool restaurant to eat dinner at. That was it for the most part as we we were all pretty taxed from the 2.5 days of driving.
 

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Day 4 - September 9th, 2014 - Boulder, CO

Hiked the Flatirons. Was a mildy strenuous but great hike with some awesome views.











Also got to explore Boulder a bit more, eat at another great restaurant, then was able to meet up with Treff (Truffle's) for a beer at the Bohemian Biergarten.

 
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