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Adventure Forum A place for outdoor side of your XJ/MJ. Discussions revolve around camping, equipment, and camping trailers. As well as outdoor activities that take off from your XJ/MJ like hiking, geocoaching, and rock climbing. Also the place to discuss tips and hints for the best places to camp off the beaten path.

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Old August 8th, 2022, 17:13
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Colorado in the XJ

Took my dad and the XJ out to Colorado for almost a week. Ran a bunch of passes, visited a few Basins and camped a lot, all but one day, we rented a room in Ouray for a night to shower and do laundry.

Northern NM near Raton.

Near Cordova pass. A dead end trail at 11,400 feet we found a nice campsite at. We decided to camp lower due to altitude. We had no acclimation at this point and were feeling the effects of altitude here after coming from less than 1000 feet of elevation.

Veteran's Memoria in Fort Garland, Co.

The start of the west side of Hayden's Pass. We were headed east over the mountains via this pass instead of paved roads to link up with a group of guys from the "Jeep Talk Show" somewhere along Medano Pass.

The top of Hayden Pass. THis pass had long steep climbs and decents and lots of loose rock.

The next day we hit up Monarch and Old Monarch Passes and the proceeded to hit lots of pavement to get on a trail that will lead to Stony Pass.

I took this photo off of the road heading towards our second night camp and Stony Pass. Figured this would have made a great advert in the 90s for the TJ.
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The next day on Stony Pass

My dad and I on a poser rock on Stony Pass

Headed to Kite Lake. An out and back trail that ends at a very nice alpine lake with some very blue and clear water with a waterfall coming in from the top. The water from this lake was flowing down the trail to Kite Lake, making for a wet climb to the lake.

Kite Lake

Stony Pass summit

During our run on Stony Pass my vacuum booster failed so the next day we made a run to Montrose and replaced it in an Oriley's Parking lot. I picked some random roads going back towards Telluride and wound up on "Last Dollar Road" going to Last Dollar Mountain, where I would end up coming into the south end of Telluride.

Spotted this herd of Elk during a hill climb.

Last Dollar Mountain. We found some nice campsites up here. Was a good spot for lunch, we watched small jets fly in and out of Telluride Regional airport, which would be just to the left of this photo behind that mountain.

We skipped visiting Telluride for this day and went straight to Imogene Pass. During this whole trip you could tell the XJ was gasping for air and way under powered but, it did well and kept eating up the miles and altitude.

At the top of Imogene Pass

People were clogging up the area around the sign so we just pulled down the road a bit and took a long range photo.

After coming off of Imogene we hit the road back into Ouray to meet up with the group, we spent the day split up since I had to deal with the blown Vacuum booster. After perusing the maps a bit I located a spot just north of town that might have a campsite so we went and explored it and found a few spots left at the very end of the trail about 20 mins from the Ouray.

The next day we hit up Black Bear with the group and had lunch in Telluride. I did a little gift shopping for the kids then while the group ran Imogene which we already did we ran Ophir back to the Million Dollar HIghway and met up with the group as they were coming off of Imogene and ran up to Yankee Boy Basin. My dad and I did Silver Basin on the way back.

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Old August 8th, 2022, 17:15
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Re: Colorado in the XJ

Headed for Yankee Boy Basin

Yankee Boy Basin itself

Silver Basin.

After saying goodbye to the group in Ouray we went and jumped on the County Road that would link us into Engineer pass. WE found this campsite by chance and a 30 second hike from the campsite would take us on top of a rock that had a view of a water fall and down a valley.

The next morning we woke up for our last little bit of time in Colorado and Ran Engineer Pass.

Odom Point

Capitol City

That's it for the pictures. We rolled the dice and headed for Las Vegas, NM hoping to camp in the Santa Fe but all the National Forests down there are still closed down due to wild fire recovery. We wound up at a KOA for then night which isn't my favorite but we were able to get showers at least.

The next morning we booked it back to Texas.
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Old August 8th, 2022, 18:17
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Re: Colorado in the XJ

That looks like an awesome trip.

Thanks for sharing.
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