The Jeeping Capital Of The World
Off-Road, Trails, Vistas & Winches.
The 4x4 & OHV season is still in full swing in Ouray! Aside from a few temporary, weekday closures on Hwy 550 between Ouray and Silverton, all other roads in the area remain open for your fall-color off-roading adventures. Here are two of our favorite full day, off-road itineraries that are not affected by the road work:
- Ouray to Yankee Boy Basin and Governor’s Basin. Then take Imogene Pass to Telluride and come home via Last Dollar Road and Ridgway.
- Ouray to Ridgway and over Owl Creek Pass to Silverjack Reservoir. Come home through the beautiful aspen groves of the Cimarrons and stop at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park outside of Montrose on your way home.
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Off-highway adventures bring you to some of the most stunning landscapes in the Rocky Mountains. Ouray has an enormous variety of jeeping and OHV routes at every level. Go it alone or with guides who love to share their knowledge of the San Juans’ geology, flora, fauna, and most colorful stories. It's a legacy business in Ouray - Jeep tours have traversed the high mountain passes commercially since 1946, and privately probably since the first Willy’s made their debut stateside in the early 1940s. Four-wheeling enthusiasts travel here all summer long for the breathtaking scenery and then again during the fall months for the spectacular aspen colors. Even better, the backcountry roads follow historic mining roads so you’re sure to experience some living history among the ghost towns.
Ouray has a number of companies that offer Jeep rentals and guided 4x4 tours with fun, experienced and knowledgeable guides, so make sure you give them a call and take advantage of this great adventure while you’re in town. For current off-road trail conditions, please contact the experts at our local jeep rental and tour companies. Updates can also be found on the Ouray County Four Wheel Drive Roads Condition Report.