My trip was in October but it took me until now to finish my video (moving and having my engine/transmission replaced kinda take away from editing time)
The Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route (COBDR) is a 675-mile pensive tour through Colorado. It’s like the Baskin Robbins of adventure travel- you flavor every biome. It can be done in any stock 4x4 over a long weekend, but you’ll want a week to savor Colorado’s majesty. I did the route with Rich Young, a co-host of the 4x4 Podcast. He drove a 2017 Dodge Rebel with a 5.7L Hemi on stock suspension and Toyo Open Country ATs tires. I have a 2013 JKU Rubicon with a 2.5” Metalcloak lift and 34x10.5r17” BFGoodrich KO2 tires. Rich slept in the back of his truck and I had my Freespirit Recreation rooftop tent.
We camped North of Montrose, near Upper Dome Reservoir, at Twin Lakes, Lynx Campground, and a truck stop parking lot.
We ran the trail South to North, starting in Ouray and ending in Steamboat Springs. We didn't have time to run the entire state-to-state route. Being mid-October, Colorado was in full Fall Foliage mode, with trees a burning gold color. The weather was absolutely perfect. It was interesting watching the terrain and climate change as we drove north. We started in warm and arid mountains and ended in snowy ski slopes. I'm going to do the trip again next year with my wife but only run the portion that's south of I-70 because it's more scenic and warm (a must for my wife).
After this trip I discovered my Jeep's head gasket was compromised, a full 2,000 miles after overheating on I-70 at the end of the video. I ended up having my engine and transmission replaced and the axles re-geared from 4.10's to 4.88's. The replacement is a 2015 engine and transmission with 46k miles. I had the transmission replaced because my original transmission was giving me trouble. My Jeep is a heavy pig so I had the gears changed so I'd have passing power on the highway and more torque on the trail. Mounted, my "34" inch KO2's measure an astounding 31.5". My tiny tires matched with such deep gearing means my Jeep is a mountain goat on the trails! In 4-Lo and 1st gear at 3k rpm's I can walk faster than the Jeep (3k rpm's is where I'm at when doing 70mph in 2wd).
If you have a few minutes, please sit back and enjoy my adventure video and let me know your thoughts on the trip. It really is a well-thought out route.