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Old 02-27-2020, 03:06 AM   #11
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Do you think a 2wd 144 could handle the green trails? My van has KO2s on it.
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Old 02-27-2020, 02:46 PM   #12
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Crested Butte is a great area. Take the dirt road up towards the 401 Trail. Camp somewhere off road. Absolutely great mountainbiking. Good hiking also.

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We will be finally stretching our 2018 170 4x4ís legs this summer on a trip for Massachusetts to Colorado and beyond. Iím looking for some recommendations for trails in the region that would be fun but not too fun that we would destroy our rig.

Please share the resources that I could find these trails or your personal recommendations.

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Wells books are well accepted among the 4wd crowd.

https://funtreks.com/product-category/guidebooks/

His rating system is not very granular and tends to over rate trail difficulty. If you stay on greens you should be alright.

Biggest issue with a van will be the break over and departure angles. Many of the trails near Ouray, CButte and Telluride are old mining roads. Todayís JK Jeeps are almost too wide in places since most trails evolved in the TJ/CJ era.

Us a spotter and donít be afraid to turn around and keep the shiny side up!
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Old 02-27-2020, 06:37 PM   #14
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Do you think a 2wd 144 could handle the green trails? My van has KO2s on it.
Not a specialist but yeah, just take you time.
Tale notes of places you can turn around along the way.
If you have a step bumper and//or a hitch it could rub a bit on the 170.
We really liked our journey in Colorado/Utah.
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Assuming you’re new to off roading, the vehicle going uphill has the right of way. Common sense should prevail depending on circumstances.
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Old 02-28-2020, 09:30 PM   #16
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I have done most of what's in the Wells books for Colorado, Green through Red, and I would only do Green in the Wells book, in a Sprinter, unless you don't mind an incredibly likely and expensive driveline repair or a possible a mega-expensive tow recovery. 4x4 roads in CO are no BS. Your capability in a Sprinter 4x4 is a relative joke. You'll find out quickly yourself. +1 - you get far down a Blue and find you can't turn that 170 around, it will definitely brighten your day, and everyone else's too unfortunate enough to be on the road with you.

See also https://traildamage.com/ - it's a superset of Wells with way more photos and GPS tracks. It used to be free and I used it all the time. I would pay the $12 in an instant if I were on my way out to a new area.
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Old 03-29-2020, 11:34 PM   #17
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We will be finally stretching our 2018 170 4x4ís legs this summer on a trip for Massachusetts to Colorado and beyond. Iím looking for some recommendations for trails in the region that would be fun but not too fun that we would destroy our rig.

Please share the resources that I could find these trails or your personal recommendations.

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Depending on how far beyond Colorado you are looking to go and how long you are planning to be on the road, I'd recommend hitting up the Moki Dugway near Monument Valley, UT. I documented one of our trips out that way here: https://ridingroadsandtrails.com/biking-southwest/. You may find the website useful for other things to check out in the area as well.
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Levinro - great site and great pics. I travel to Cortez/Hovenweep area once a month for work. So many neat areas to explore. Phil's world, Sand Canyon (Canyon of the Ancients), etc. are such unique biking areas.
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Ophir Pass... as long as your rig has Low range and good rubber it's totally doable in a 170. 1 corner up top may need a 1 or 2 pt turn but that's it...this was in our EB Ford E350 5 yrs ago...

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