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Old 11-21-2002, 08:12 AM
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For Turkey day me and my family are going to Colorado Springs to see my oldest brother who is currently a freshmen at the Air Force Academy. While we are there we want to "off road" some and get out and see some of the old minging towns that are out on some of the trails. I have printed off lots of different trails in that area off the internet but thats nothing compared to true experiance. I'm not looking to do any extreme rock crawling as the vehicles are a stock Jeep Liberty (4x4 of course) and a '89 4x4 s-10 blazer (4.3, 700r4, 3:42, Good Year Wrangler AT/D tires, and a few other little goodies).
Well be there this up comming week so if weather this time of year is a factor in a particular trail let me know.
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In the 'Springs area, you can mess around the back side of Cheyenne mountain, closer to town, or venture further out. I have always liked heading into Victor, then taking the old trail that eventually takes you to Canyon City. This is in Teller County. Follows the route of an 1800s railway line through a historic gold mining district. Tunnels you can drive through, and a scenic route.
Victor itself is a pretty neat place.

Not an "extreme" type of 4-wheeling, you need some ground clearance, but 4WD not necessary in the summer, at least. A fun run through a historic and out of the way area.

Having said that, a few words of caution. They are predicting significant cold down into the single-digits and 6" to 12" of snow for the Front Range Thanksgiving week. If you DO head to the back country next week, I strongly recommend monitoring the weather forecasts, don't travel alone, have a full tank of fuel and carry survival supplies with you, at least a day or two of food, water, warm clothes, blankets, flares and a shovel, etc. At the very least, there are no restaurants back there, LOL!
Don't rely on cell phones to always work in those back country canyons. Usually, they don't.
If you do get stuck, don't abandon your vehicle. Stay with it until help comes.
Make sure you tell someone where you're going, your route and when you expect to return. Doing that saved my @ss once when a winter storm rolled in as I was working for the electric company in the sticks. Nothing ever looked as good as the headlights of a chained ex-military 6x6 a co-worker borrowed to come get me with.

Enjoy your vacation, play safe and have fun.

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