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Old 12-22-2014, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How early is too early to wheel Montrose? Snow wise, how late in the year would you wait to wheel there in a buggy?
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It can be clear year round. I was over there this weekend and there was only scattered snow in the shadows.
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you are going that far be sure to hit up some of the other spots within a few hours of Montrose.
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its raining today so all the snow will be gone and just some mud should dry up in a few days
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While we're on the subject of Montrose, how many good, hard days of buggy wheeling are in the area? I'm making the trip in the spring.
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While we're on the subject of Montrose, how many good, hard days of buggy wheeling are in the area? I'm making the trip in the spring.
You could spend a day each at Rangely, Grand Junction, Montrose, and Farmington. Then you have Penrose and Buena Vista areas a couple hours east of Montrose.
Montrose area itself has at least two days of terrain.

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Old 01-14-2015, 09:48 AM   #7 (permalink)
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While we're on the subject of Montrose, how many good, hard days of buggy wheeling are in the area? I'm making the trip in the spring.
This thread may help:

https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/gener...-planning.html

We only spent 1 day in Montrose (in built Jeeps) and it was not enough time.

Of all the places we went, I would have put more time in there (especially with a buggy).

I would plan for a minimum of 2 days if you are going.

The local guys are awesome BTW - you may want to try to reach out to them before you go.
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Thanks! We'll have about 7 days to wheel, want to hit as much good stuff and places as possible. That thread will help.
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Old 01-15-2015, 03:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks! We'll have about 7 days to wheel, want to hit as much good stuff and places as possible. That thread will help.
Let me know how I can help.

We stuck to that plan with a few changes.
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Montrose is my favorite place to wheel in CO. We've done trips where we hit all the hard-core trails in a weekend (before Boulder Canyon and Death Row were around). We got lucky and didn't have any breakage though. Nowadays, we generally hit Boulder Canyon, and if we have enough rigs left over we'll hit the others.
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YOU COULD SPEND TWO DAYS IN MONTROSE REAL EASY
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Thanks! We'll have about 7 days to wheel, want to hit as much good stuff and places as possible. That thread will help.
We wheeled for 8 days and had a pretty agressive schedule.

Learning from our experiences over the years:

Must do trails
- Holy Cross (1 day)
- Carnage (1 day)
- Montrose (2 - 3 days)


Penrose trails were great but it is a long run from the trails on the western side of the state (you may hit them on your way home while heading east??)

The scenic stuff in the San Juans is unlike anything you have ever experienced but it is mostly 2WD. That being said, I would recommend it to anyone in any kind of vehicle.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:47 AM   #13 (permalink)
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You can't even get close to Holy Cross until July though.
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:52 PM   #14 (permalink)
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You can't even get close to Holy Cross until July though.
I hate that about our trip but mid may is what we're limited to this yr. I have a friend coming with me in his built jeep that lived in CO for yrs and has wheeled most of the stuff there. I'm hoping we can hit all the major stuff south of I-70 and that the snow will be gone there.

Were you in Moab last april? Pretty sure we passed a rockware 3 seater when I was getting towed out of the rim trail one Saturday night.
I see you're in Arvada, happen to know Hunter Sparrow?
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Was rockware buggy blue or black?
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It is out of the way for most peoples trips but the rangely park has enough for a day as well.
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Was rockware buggy blue or black?
Don't recall, it was dark and I was ticked off First day there and I blew an intake gasket playing on the dunes.
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:49 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Just a quick note to anyone coming to Montrose from out of this area.Boulder is closed from Dec 1 to April 15. I don't think that is common knowledge for out of state visitors. I would hate to see some one drive a long distance and miss one of the best trails. The rest of the trails are open year round but we do get snow and Death Row is not drivable if it is wet. It is hard enough when it is dry. Hope to see some of you hear in the spring.
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Yeah, I know Hunter! Haven't seen him in a while, but he's great guy. Hoping to catch up with him at KOH.

Didn't make it to Moab last year.
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:15 PM   #20 (permalink)
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In montrose Memorial Day is the FUN weekend in May. I'm sure the trails are fine. It's been dry here for a week. I'm heading up tomorrow to play.
I'll let YA know.

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Old 03-15-2015, 09:48 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Trails are dry. Lookin really good
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:40 PM   #22 (permalink)
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made the trip montrose last year and it was great. planed 4 days but got rained out on the second day. we only got to hit death row, die trying, and some of cactus. the mud is no joke there when it rains! we still got more wheeling in on the way back. hit carnage in beuna vista. carnage and indy can be both ran in one day with travel time if you get out early and have your crap togather
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You missed the best one. Boulder Canyon!
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i know the mud was bad. We came in at 930 pm and the mud was coming off the tires in softball sized clumps. It rained all night and though the next day, we cut our losses and went for dryer ground.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:57 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Old thread, but weighing options for a '19 Labor Day trip, and have identified 6 or 7 nice looking trails in the Montrose area.

If I can make it happen, any local wheelers running the area this Labor Day weekend? Don't know yet if we'll camp or do hotels.
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