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Just did that trip last week over Stony Pass and all along the Rio Grand. Pretty neat going over the mountain.
That makes a full day if you return by way of Lake City to Silverton over Engineer or Cinnamon Pass. Headed east on Stony, if you take a right and ford the Rio Grande, you can head down to Bear Town. We haven't been all the way down there before, going to do it this year.
 

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Did the loop from Silverton and back by way of Poughkeepsie. Numerous side by sides all watching. Not a single sxs went up the obstacle. Our group decided to go up the right side easy track because of the long wait for several 4 door jeeps with too small tires and that all had to make many tries to get up that easy side. A bad line for these long wheelbase rigs results in body and under body damage. Anyway we decided to have lunch and watch other rigs to the hard routes. Both the crack and the far left route. Two rigs that did the crack had minor body damage. The short wheelbase TJ had the most difficult time and the longer wheelbase Toyota had it easier. The Far left went with no comment in a full size pickup.
Another long day with a little bit of rain overnight and during our trip. Rain for the fire is sure a good thing resulting in a lot less smoke.
 

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I watched a small group of quads going up the right side of Poughkeepsie (the usual line), the lead guy almost flipped over backwards a couple of times. He finally got up and then helped his buddies up, I think they were crazy for doing that obstacle. I've been up the far left side a couple of times and the right side maybe a dozen times. Always wanted to try going up the crack in the middle.
 

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We just got back from a Week in Silverton. The middle “V Notch” on the wall is very doable in a 4-door. We showed up after everyone else climbed the wall, so wasn’t sure about any of the lines so thought we would play in the v notch and just left of it. The only thing I forgot to do is get pictures.
 

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Does everyone stay in Silverton or Ouray only? There aren't many hotels available for late July early August in that area. Telluride on the other hand has some availability. I understand that Ouray is little far from Telluride but is it good place to be for popular trails. We did Imogene pass last time around and know that its one of the closest but not sure about others. I am also looking at Durango which has availability.
 

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Telluride is the terminus of Black Bear (you cannot drive UP the trail past the power plant, it's one way down past there) and maybe Imogene, I forgot. Telluride is a very popular tourist town and very expensive - it's the somewhat cheaper version of Aspen. Their big tourist season is the winter for skiing. Personally I wouldn't want to stay there if your plans are for wheeling in the mountains - it's very inconvenient.

Durango is a fun tourist town but it's quite a ways from the San Juans, not a good home base for wheeling. You can catch the train from Durango to Silverton, either one way or round trip. We've ridden the train several times and always stay in the Parlor car (last car) - they have a bar.

In order of preference for a home base for wheeling:

Silverton
Ouray - motel or condo or maybe the KOA there has cabins
Ridgeway
Montrose
 

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Thank you John for the tip and order of towns. Wheeling is planned for at least part of the trip so being close to the trails is important. I have a lead on couple of places hoping to book by tomorrow if wife and kid agree to my choice. Personally I am willing to forgo few creature comforts to be at scenic place.
 

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Many trails start within a mile or 2 of Silverton. Lodging options there are The Grand Imperial, Prospector, Triangle, Canyon, Teller House, Alma House, Bent Elbow, Villa De la Valle, and a few others. There were some folks that canceled reservations due to the 416 Fire, might be some vacancies now. All for Fun event was moved out of Silverton due to the fire, the actual fire was 20 some miles to the Southwest of Silverton and is pretty much out due to rain. Flash flood warnings now in effect for the burn scar. Ouray would be my second choice for lodging. Telluride is for BMW's Got my fill of that place years ago when we had lunch, the menu had lots of quiche and few burgers. The waitress haughtily informed me that "We don't serve Coor's Light here". Try a pasty at Eureka Station in Silverton.
 

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Also Smedley's Suites, or for home rentals contact Nicole at Silvertonpropertymanagement.com
 

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Thank you katswuy for suggestions. Lodging is finalized, we will be there from 28th July to 2nd August. Now to fix some stuff on the jeep and figure out hauling options. We drove the jeep to Ouray around 5 years back, never again especially on a tight schedule.
 

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I'll be heading to Durango around the last part of July, our first trip in the 2014 JKUR. We will be running with the JEO Jeep group and start out at Durango and then head up to Ouray.

A couple of us are doing a tour at Mesa Verde cliff dwelling ruins and the next day do the train to Silverton before hitting the trails. We are taking the train car with the folk that take on a historical figure and give informational talks. I might take a flask along and portray a wild eyed miner with hopes of striking it rich:wink2:

We will then meet up with the Jeep group to run the jeep trails for 5 days. The JKUR Jeep I have came with elecrtic actuated aluminum steps:surprise: A good mall crawler add on but they can't take a rock hit:frown2: Looking to change them out to the rock sliders with steps in the near future.

Some of us are camping at the KOH at Durango and Ouray. Most of these overlanders have Roof Top Tents. I still am ground camping but probably will have a rack and RTT by August to do the Heart of the West. I'll be giving you guys a report on our return.
 

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Sierrabob, Your actuated step should survive what CO has to offer. Not to many obstacles would be something you cannot avoid with careful driving.
For camping in the Silverton area Golden Horn up Mineral creek is good with Forest service permanent maintained out house. Also we use Eureka campground on the main road north of Silverton. Porta-potties are numerous and maintained. Reservations needed at Eureka. The public out houses nearby are to be avoided due to overuse and lack pf maint. Your overlander buddies would like both campgrounds. I avoid camping near Ouray, just a preference, we use a hotel there.
I have a tall TJUR and I use Rock Slide steps and have never had them touch any rocks. I am both a tent camper or pull a small travel trailer, depending to the duration of the trip.
BTW, the fire area between Durango and Silverton (called Hermosa) has most all the trails closed, but the Silverton area is not affected with closures.
Have a good trip.
 

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I carry small boxes of baking soda, when using one of the pit toilets dump the contents of the box in first, then spray some PooPourie in. Then you have a pit toilet that smells like a rotten flower!!
 
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