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4WD, ATV, Dirtbiking

From tough singletrack to scenic off-road byways crossing the San Juan Mountains, 4-wheel drive roads and trails abound for every level of driver or rider. Go it alone or with guides who love to share their knowledge of the San Juans’ geology, flora, fauna, and colorful stories.
Jeeping in the San Juan Mountains
Jeeping in the San Juan Mountains

The following businesses offer guided tours, self-drive rentals, horseback rides, guided nature hikes, and more. Popular rental companies include High Country 4×4 at the KOA, Colorado West Jeep Tours, Switzerland of America Jeep Adventures, and San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours.

Remember, if you are going to head off on a backcountry road: Know the road and conditions or find out from a local expert. While some mountain passes like Owl Creek Pass Road are fairly gentle dirt roads with easy rides for most cars, even these routes can become difficult or dangerous during or after an intense storm. Other roads are known for their narrow, steep and boulder-strewn characters and are only meant for motorbikes, jeeps or other appropriate four-wheel drives and non-motorized transportation. Wherever you plan to go, make sure you pick up a good guidebook and maps, plus bring sufficient food and water. Cell service is not always reliable on the remote routes so don't depend on it, and just like when hiking into the wilderness, be sure to let someone back in town know where you're headed.

Dave’s Mountain Tours offers day trips and tours out of Ridgway and Telluride.

The nature of the trails, rugged and narrow, are not meant for speed, but prompt us to slow down, take a deep breath and enjoy what's important...friends, family and nature!
Brandy Ross