Originally Posted by 06rubi
When ate yall planning on making the trip? I'm guessing mid July to September is your time frame. It's going to be cold in the mountains and hot in Moab. I would skip the biking, hiking and gondola ride since you only have a short time for both Moab and the San Juan's. Riding a bike and hiking at 10,000 feet ain't no joke, plus you can see a lot more driving your truck than walking or biking. Also don't waste your time on Ophir pass. I'd take the west side of Engineer to Ouray then Imogene to Telluride. Telluride is expensive! You are gonna want to spend more than a day in Moab too. If you want I'll make an optional itinerary to get the most for your limited time. Just need to know what you really want to see and do. I want you to enjoy what little time you have to see both places.
Thanks for the suggestions man. That's EXACTLY what I was looking for. I don't know "what's good" in the area and I'm just going off what I've read and such.
We really want to do some good trail riding. Scenic stuff. Imogene pass looked like it topped out at 13k ft so I figured that was good for that. I like your idea of taking the west side of Engineeer to Ouray to Imogene to Telluride. My girlfriend's family has a place on Ouray we might be able to stay at.
I'll be doing the biking. I'm an endurance athlete so the high altitude is something I'm looking for (from a training perspective). I don't think it will be a good idea for my girlfriend, who's not a biker, to do anything like that. If there's some fairly flat, easy, trails in the area for her we can jam on that. But I want to do some hardcore shit when I'm there. My Top Fuel 8 needs some REAL mountains
Hiking is something else we want to do. We don't have to get to the top for her to have a good time. Naturally, I differ on that front but I might go out for a run in the morning and do some crazy shit without her. For her and I together, just some cool sight-seeing through the mountains on foot. I think she really wants to see some cool waterfalls....not sure where that might be.
We'd be going to Moab to do some harder offroading. By that time I'll have a 2.5" lift and rear locker. Hopefully that gets me where I need/want to go. My buddy from Utah would meet us out there. Moab is waaaay out of the way which is why I thought we'd camp out there. We do want to do some camping too.
I have some sort of deal off living social for a stay at Telluride so it wont be quite as expensive. I figured the day when I'm out biking she can be getting a massage or something. Win win as far as I can tell!
If you're down for building us an itinerary PLEASE do. I'm sure yours would make the most out of our time!