Overlanding in Colorado


Unveiling Overland Paradise: Exploring the Trails of Colorado

When it comes to overlanding, few destinations rival the stunning landscapes and diverse terrains that Colorado has to offer. From towering mountains to rolling hills, dense forests to expansive plateaus, Colorado's backcountry is a playground for adventurers seeking the thrill of off-road exploration. Join me as we embark on a virtual journey through some of the most iconic overlanding trails that Colorado has to offer.

1. Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway:

A true gem of the San Juan Mountains, the Alpine Loop offers a combination of history and breathtaking vistas. Traversing through old mining towns, high mountain passes, and fields of wildflowers, this loop presents overlanders with the opportunity to step back in time while immersing themselves in the rugged beauty of the Rockies.

2. Black Bear Pass:

For the brave-hearted seeking a true challenge, Black Bear Pass is legendary. This one-way trail boasts steep descents, tight switchbacks, and breathtaking views. Tackling Black Bear Pass demands skill and nerve, offering a sense of accomplishment and unforgettable scenery.

3. Telluride to Moab:

Spanning across the Colorado Plateau, this trail takes you from the picturesque town of Telluride to the red rock wonderland of Moab, Utah. Be prepared for diverse landscapes, from alpine meadows to desert canyons, as you navigate through majestic terrain that changes as quickly as your sense of wonder.

4. Imogene Pass:

Linking the towns of Ouray and Telluride, the Imogene Pass trail treats overlanders to stunning views of the San Juans. As the second-highest drivable pass in Colorado, it's a journey into high-altitude beauty, with wildflowers in the summer and golden aspens in the fall.

5. Mosquito Pass:

Rising to over 13,000 feet, Mosquito Pass is not for the faint of heart. Connecting Leadville and Alma, this trail combines history with breathtaking panoramas. Overlanders navigate through mining remnants, alpine lakes, and unparalleled views of the Mosquito Range.

6. Engineer Pass:

Engineered for adventure, this trail winds through the San Juans, connecting Ouray and Lake City. Overlanders are treated to a tapestry of wildflowers, historic mining relics, and panoramic vistas that make every challenging moment worth the effort.

7. The Rimrocker Trail:

Stretching from Montrose, Colorado, to Moab, Utah, the Rimrocker Trail is a cross-state odyssey. Crossing through rugged wilderness and offering glimpses of the Uncompahgre Plateau, it's a journey that combines diverse landscapes with the thrill of discovery.

8. Rampart Range Road:

Close to Denver, the Rampart Range Road offers a convenient escape into the backcountry. With access to Pike National Forest, this trail presents a mix of scenic views, dense forests, and the allure of exploration just a stone's throw from the city.

9. Cinnamon Pass:

Leading over the Continental Divide, Cinnamon Pass offers a taste of high-country Colorado. Overlanders can savor alpine lakes, towering peaks, and the sense of achievement that comes with conquering a pass at over 12,000 feet.

10. Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route (COBDR):

A dream for adventure enthusiasts, the COBDR stretches over 675 miles, taking overlanders through a variety of terrain and landscapes. From the New Mexico border to the Wyoming border, this route showcases Colorado's backcountry diversity like no other.

Colorado's overlanding trails are not just routes; they're chapters of exploration, exhilaration, and connection with nature. Whether you're a seasoned overlander seeking the ultimate challenge or a newcomer eager to discover the beauty of the Rockies, Colorado's trails invite you to embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of the wilderness. So gear up, grab your maps, and get ready to traverse the breathtaking landscapes that Colorado has to offer. Your overlanding adventure awaits.

My Overlanding Gear:

Vehicle Stuff

2023 Ford Bronco Badlands edition with sasquatch package

ARB on board air

Max Trax


Trailrax Roof Rack


Free Spirt Recration - Odyssey Series


Camp table

Water jug

Coleman propane stove

Camp dishes


Coffee Grinder

Domestique coffee - single oregon

Frontrunner chairs 

Queen size Rumple