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    Since finishing our trip in September, I've been thinking about where to go next outside of the Ouray / Moab / front range area. I have some general ideas, but don't really know where to start in these places I've never been to.

    Considerations for future long trips:

    South Dakota - Badlands / Black Hills -- (https://www.blackhillsbadlands.com/o...on/atv-roading) (https://www.fourwheeler.com/events/1...-hills-jeepin/)
    Wyoming - Jeep the USA has a few trails listed in the Bighorn mountains and near Lander, but this is pretty sparse. I would expect there are many interesting roads and trails up here, but I've never been to WY and don't know much.
    Idaho - https://www.alltrails.com/us/idaho/off-road-driving Again, I don't know much about the area, but it seems like it *should* have some great roads and trails.

    Other suggestions? Any advice about these areas?

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    I looked for wheeling spots in the Stanley, Idaho area when I went there last summer. There are a lot of forest roads to wheel on but I didnít find a lot of reputable trails per se. Montana surely has a ton Of forest roads as I remember driving a lot of them when I lived there as a young adult - not technical wheeling back then so not sure about cool trails. I bet thereís some awesome trails in South Dakota! These states are all much less populated so the trails that are cool are probably out there just not advertised as much as here in CO,l and Utah.
    My wife and I are planning a 3 week long overlanding trip up thru Montana and into the Canadian Rockies and Iím having a hard time finding specific cool trails, lots of forest service roads, old mining roads and stuff.
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    I'm trying to think of his name - I can picture his face - guy who went to college in ?MT? and is now working in the southeast. His comment - there are no trails/roads (in that area of college) as Colorado has. We have something special here. Utah is a nice tack-on to Colorado.

    I'd be game to check out other states just for the sake of seeing some different areas - knowing it's not like "home".

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    Jim previously posted:
    "I'm trying to think of his name - I can picture his face - guy who went to college in ?MT? and is now working in the southeast. His comment - there are no trails/roads (in that area of college) as Colorado has. We have something special here. Utah is a nice tack-on to Colorado.

    I'd be game to check out other states just for the sake of seeing some different areas - knowing it's not like "home"."

    Dante? He had an 80s jeep pickup and had a severe failure of his control arm at the anniversary run a couple years ago?

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    RockyMtRebel previously posted:
    "I looked for wheeling spots in the Stanley, Idaho area when I went there last summer. There are a lot of forest roads to wheel on but I didnít find a lot of reputable trails per se. Montana surely has a ton Of forest roads as I remember driving a lot of them when I lived there as a young adult - not technical wheeling back then so not sure about cool trails. I bet thereís some awesome trails in South Dakota! These states are all much less populated so the trails that are cool are probably out there just not advertised as much as here in CO,l and Utah.
    My wife and I are planning a 3 week long overlanding trip up thru Montana and into the Canadian Rockies and Iím having a hard time finding specific cool trails, lots of forest service roads, old mining roads and stuff."

    Interesting forest roads and public land to camp on through the route are the most I'm hoping for. If we find some real trails also, that would be a bonus. I'm not familiar with any of these states and have never travelled through these areas before.

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    Trent if you donít already have something similar you should get Gaia GPS. I have the App on my iPhone and you can look at the area your interested in going to and see mvum roads, forest roads, it tells you if itís National forest or BLM land, any road (private, open or closed) is pretty much shown on the map and you can click on a road and read itís status. The best feature is you download maps where you are going so no service doesnít matter and you can see yourself on the map and pretty much itís impossible to get lost!
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    I looked around and this is a pretty interesting trail that I may need to add to the list - I downloaded the GPX file. Itís very close to where I lived when I was in college
          
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    Thanks Matt. This is the sort of stuff I was thinking we might find in WY and ID. It's a long way to these trails, so doing several things like this over a week to connect from CO to there and back would make for some pretty good adventuring.

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    I have an ďall accessĒ subscription to trails off-road and although they donít have all trails featured, the ones they do have gpx traxks and darn good trail descriptions.

    I like your idea Trent! I definitely love that area and have spent years in the area as a young adult but never with a capable vehicle and going backcountry
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    Made me think of the old ExpeditionOverland series, this one is in Wyoming



    and this one is in Idaho


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    http://www.frontrange4x4.com/forums/...eping-In-Mines

    Check out the mine run in BC, a bit more of a drive but certianly unusual

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    I was looking at something to connect the Magruder and found the Lolo trail - turns out itís an common overlanding trip combining the two. Check this trip report out, looks amazing

    https://www.overlandbound.com/forums...motorway.5362/
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    RockyMtRebel previously posted:
    "I was looking at something to connect the Magruder and found the Lolo trail - turns out itís an common overlanding trip combining the two. Check this trip report out, looks amazing

    https://www.overlandbound.com/forums...motorway.5362/"

    When are we going? June, July, August? If these are subaru capable roads, my wife and kids would be in for this as well (bring both subaru and jeep)

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    I've talked to a couple people who've wheeled some Chokecherry Canyon trails near Farmington N.M. and they really enjoyed it. Seems they have a little bit of everything on the difficulty scale.

    https://chokecherrycrawlers.com/trails-and-ratings

    https://farmingtonnm.org/choose-your...tures/off-road

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    Brian previously posted:
    "I've talked to a couple people who've wheeled some Chokecherry Canyon trails near Farmington N.M. and they really enjoyed it. Seems they have a little bit of everything on the difficulty scale.

    https://chokecherrycrawlers.com/trails-and-ratings

    https://farmingtonnm.org/choose-your...tures/off-road"

    I've seen some old photos of chokecherry canyon on here in the gallery. It looks awesome. I think it'd be a fun couple day Moab alternative. I suppose I was thinking of through routes and overlanding with this thread and didn't consider chokecherry as that type of trip? Similar to chokecherry, there is an "anything goes" off-road area near Rifle, CO I want to check out sometime. I posted a thread about it this past summer. We should get a group trip to chokecherry together sometime too.

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    open_circuit previously posted:
    "When are we going? June, July, August? If these are subaru capable roads, my wife and kids would be in for this as well (bring both subaru and jeep)"

    i think itís more of a late summer or fall route and probably more of a Jeep than Suburu trail based on this https://www.overlandbound.com/forums...nditions.8088/


    Now you got me researching this and looking at maps and stuff..... lol
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    I see the Magruder report says "a Cadillac could drive it". I'll have to research LoLo further. Regardless, this looks like something that can't be firmly planned until spring or summer when we see how snowpack and fires affect the area. Probably an August trip for best chance of success.

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    Iv heard of a trip running from Page AZ, running 5 to 6 days along the north rim finishing in Vargas.
    Its always interested me. Unfortunately at 65 years old I donít know if Iíd be up for an Ultimate Adventure but Iíd love to try....
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    Got my wife excited with this thread. She saw how close those trails are to Yellowstone and we're booking some time in Yellowstone for the fall. Might get to check out Magruder and LoLo as part of that. Maybe we can meet up with some of you all for those trails, but that trip won't be overlanding for us.

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