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What can a Stock 4dr Rubi do at Ouray?

So my wife and I were talking about what to do with our week off in July and she says, "Why don't we take the jeep to Ouray?" I fell in love all over again.

I just got my 4 dr Rubi in February. All I've done is buy half doors, a hi-lift jack, and new windshield wipers. What can I do and not do at Ouray and the surrounding area? I'm a novice to off-roading, and I'm not looking for any serious rock crawling. We'll have our two boys, ages 5 and 8. We love to camp, so hopefully we can do some of that out on the trails.

Do I need to do anything to my stock Rubi, or will it be fine on the lighter trails?
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-24-2010, 07:25 PM
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You should be fine if you don't want to any serious rock crawling. Lots of great scenery. Beautiful country! Just go enjoy.


Here's an Ouray Jeeping guide: http://www.ouraycolorado.com/pdfs/Jeeping.pdf Stick to the easy/moderate trails and you'll have NO problem. A 4/5 wouldn't be out of the question if you were a more experienced driver.

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Where is Ouray, and what does it have to offer? Stock Rubi's are very capable, with some driving skills you can do alot more than you'd think.
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To be honest, Ouray is mostly great scenery and ledge roads. There are a few difficult trails, but mostly it is the scenery people go for. A Rubi should have no problems.
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There is no trail in the San Juans that an experienced driver in a stock Rubi couldn't do. That said, we usually recommend that novice to intermediate drivers avoid: Poughkeepsie Gulch, due to a higher chance of damaging the Jeep; Black Bear Pass, due to the extremely intimidating shelf road with excrutiating switchbacks where a mistake can be deadly.

Stop by the Riverside Inn (aka Farabee Jeep Rentals) on the north end of town--they can give you info on trails and conditions.

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Thanks for the input guys. I can't wait!
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The first off road trail I ever wheeled was Black Bear in my Sahara Unlimited. Definitely doable as a novice in a stock JK. Poughkeepsie is the one to avoid if you don't have much time in off road. Although if you have some experienced folk to trail with, I think I'd try it. It's the prettiest trail around. And that's saying a lot. The whole area is so worth the visit.

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Stock Rubi in Ouray

I've wheeled in Ouray in my TJ Wrangler, and my JK Rubicon. No problems with either vehicle. We went with a sponsored Jeep group through Imogene Pass. The leader of the group said this trail was rated a "4". I told him in AZ this trail would probably be rated a 2.5-3. I think they sometimes exaggerate the difficulty of the trail to lend a little more excitement to it for the tourists.
I wheel in Arizona where trails are rated 2-4.5. Sometimes trails are rated a
"5", and you are told upfront you will do damage to your vehicle. I stay with 3-3.5 trails, ocassionally I'll do a "4" trail and usually take a few hits underneath.
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I've wheeled in Ouray in my TJ Wrangler, and my JK Rubicon. No problems with either vehicle. We went with a sponsored Jeep group through Imogene Pass. The leader of the group said this trail was rated a "4".
For that area maybe it is a 4. But when considering the entire state of Colorado it is more of a 4/10!
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These are 2 of my favorite videos from Black Bear. Y'all really need to do this road imo. The scenery and views of Telluride is so breathtaking. The first video isn't much but there is something hilarious about the commentary.

YouTube - Black Bear Pass, Colorado

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Great videos!

It's hard to pick just one or two favorite trails, BUT, Imogene (moderate), Last Dollar (easy), and Corkscrew (easy-moderate) are awfully tough to beat.

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