Trail Briefs - Colorado

Laura

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Tell us which trails you enjoy in Colorado!

Here at Bronco Nation, we get excited about Broncos, and we get excited about the special, out-of-the-way places that Broncos can take us. In this series, we’re going to cross the country, highlighting a few of the best trails in each region. Before you go off-road, you want to know what type of terrain you can expect and what equipment you should pack, so you can have the best trail ride ever.

COLORADO

Any experienced off-roader will tell you: Colorado has some of the best trails in the U.S. Whether you are a beginner or ready for a serious challenge, check out our recommendations below to find an unforgettable drive. Just be careful that those beautiful, forested mountain views don’t draw your attention too far from the trail!

On these trails, you’ll find obstacles ranging from large boulders to treacherous loose shale, and a variety of water crossings. On the more difficult trails, you also navigate narrow shelf roads carved out in pre-motoring times that lead to derelict 18th century mining towns. Many trails in Colorado will be closed for a significant portion of the year due to snowfall, so even in summer, check for seasonal and weather-related closures. Some of Colorado’s historic sites remain private property, just another reason to take time to familiarize yourself with your route before you hit the trail.

In order to protect your surroundings and yourselves, you’ll need to plan and prepare. Pack a first aid kit, plenty of water, and weather-appropriate clothing. Bring a tire gauge and an air compressor, so you can air down and back up. And bring a recovery kit so that if you get stuck, you can get unstuck. If you’re not experienced using this gear, bring along friends who are, who can pass their knowledge along to you. Not sure where to find those knowledgeable friends? Join the community conversation in the Bronco Nation forums! Finally, when you’re heading into the wild, you’re heading out of reliable cell-phone coverage, so bring paper maps or a dedicated GPS unit. At Bronco Nation, we highly recommend the venerable but recently updated FunTreks Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails.

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goatman

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I spent a week in Silverton with friends last month. We ran Animas Forks/Corkscrew Gulch, then Alpine Loop over Cinnamon Pass and Engineer Pass, then Yankee Boy basin/Governors Basin, then Black Bear Pass and Imogene Pass, the Poughkeepsie Gulch. I was in my nearly stock yellow XJ with 2" lift and 30" tires, no lockers. Running routes in the San Juans was a bucket list thing for me, I had never run those routes. I've been fortunate enough to run trails all over CO, but not the San Juans. Since this thread is about CO trails, I'll see if I can dig up some pics of other trails.

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@Laura is there any further info about trail apps compatible with the Bronco's Synch4? I recall Trails Off Road was mentioned early on. And if @David created the graphics above, is there any potential those will be followed by a navigation app/program?