Black Canyon and the Gunnison National Forest

Black Canyon in the Gunnison National Forest

Black Canyon in the Gunnison National Forest

Late Spring and Early Summer are a great time to go visit the Black Canyon in the Gunnison National Forest.  The East Portal is an amazing access point to reach the lower depths of the large canyon and Gunnison River.  Many people have never heard of it, but the Black Canyon is second only to the Grand Canyon in beauty, size and its unique black colored rocks are quite special.  Recently I took my mother down there and she absolutely loved it!  I recommend driving down the extremely steep and narrow East Portal road.  The Ranger’s regulate the size of the vehicle you use on this tight passage, so a Jeep is the perfect tool to safely enjoy the experience and bucket list worthy views.  I also recommend visiting the walkway around the rim and visitor center.  Below is a link, ranking it the 2nd “Underrated U.S. National Parks to Add to Your Bucket List.”

 

Link:

http://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/underrated-us-national-parks-to-add-to-your-bucket-list.html/2/

The Fall Foliage Season has Arrived!

Trail during Fall Foliage

Customer’s often ask when will the leaves turn or be at their peak and I usually say the climax is around September 25th to the 27th.  However, not this year!  With cooling temps and the added moisture that the Fall brings, this year it’s already happening.  The leaves are turning, the landscape/view is turning surreal and there’s a certain chill to the air.  Personally I love wearing sweaters in the morning, but not for long as the powerful sun clears out the valley floor and brings warmth to us all.  If fewer crowds and epic views are what you yearn for, then we surely have your fix.

It’s True, Dogs Love Jeeps Too!

Jeeps and DogsI have many clients who enjoy year after year renting my jeeps with the companionship of their four legged friend.  Personally I love dogs and boy do dogs love an adventure!  Here are a few photos from one of my clients; you can see the dog is clearly smiling awaiting the fun.  Jeeps also provide you with the added off-road access, so one of the fun things to do is bring your dog up to the snow and see them play.  I’ll never forget how happy my first dog was when I brought him to snow in August.  He totally freaked out and rolled in it for what seemed to be endlessly.

Slate River Road and Oh-Be-Joyful Camping Area

Oh Be Joyful Camp

The Slate River Road provides access to the Oh-Be-Joyful zone, which is a very popular camping area.  There is a regulated and paid campground of Oh-Be-Joyful, but having rented a specialized Jeep, you have the access to drive further down the valley.  The further you go from the town of Crested Butte, the quieter, more peaceful and beautiful it gets.  Drive past the town site of Pittsburgh and Daisy Pass, you will find an elevated mesa if you will which hosts many designated campsites which include fire pits.  Our specialized Jeeps easily provide access to camp in this beautiful playground and much more.

Paradise is Open for Business!

Well it has surely been a wet and wacky spring up here in the high country.  Luckily warm weather and plenty of sunshine, just what we’re used to this time of year, has arrived.  Access too many of the amazing hiking and mtn. biking trails is open and specifically access to the Paradise Divide and Schofield Pass is open on the Crested Butte side to Jeeps.  Oh yeah and the wildflowers have just starting to pop, making our little piece of paradise open for business.