I seldom leave home for an offroading adventure without a backpack full of books on the region I’m visiting (and it’s usually the San Juan Mountains!).
I have had to buy multiple copies of my favorite book, since it loses pages and gets spilled on in the Jeep. But Charles A. Wells’ Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails, 2nd Edition is just about the best book out there if you want to go offroad in Colorado. It has great maps, good descriptions and plenty of history on the trail thrown in. I mark the date I drive the trail at the top of the page and most of the San Juan Mountain trails have a column of dates on the page!
I’ve run across many offroaders with this book on the front seat with them. If you buy only one book about traveling the offroads and backroads of Colorado, this is the one to buy!
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