Some of the most remote locations in the Colorado Rockies are most accessible by jeep. Old dirt roads built for donkeys, carts, and hardy miners are too rutted for passenger cars and a difficult slog by foot or bike. Skilled drivers can take on the highest mountain passes and most varied terrain.
The San Juan mountains are a hub for jeeping in Colorado. Black Bear Pass in Telluride is often touted as the most dangerous jeep trail in the state (and one of the most beautiful in wildflower season!). If you’re not into rock crawling and are looking for a smoother ride, the Million Dollar Highway running between Silverton and Ouray boasts breathtaking views in all seasons. Nearby Engineer and Cinnamon Passes are also popular routes.
Jeeps are also an awesome way to immerse yourself in Colorado history. The town of Tomboy, located above Telluride, was at the turn of the 20th century one of the most profitable mining towns in the lower 48. The route tops out at 13,000 feet at the summit of Imogene Pass.
If you’re looking for a more developed trail system, the Wagon Wheel Trail System in Meeker has more than 250 miles of trails that range in difficulty from beginner to expert level terrain.