Corkscrew Gulch was built in 1882-1883 — during the race to get wagon roads from Silverton and Ouray up to the silver mines that had been discovered on the Red Mountain Divide. For me and Ruby Jean, it’s a glorious journey to the top of the world — just in time for the fall color to arrive.
Taking a few days to acclimate to the altitude…
One of the effects of high altitude is light-headed dizziness. Driving on narrow, rugged roads that are barely clinging on to the side of a mountain at 11,000 feet isn’t advised. So today, Ruby Jean and I decided to take an easy (non-technical) drive up Brown Mountain.
Even so, the views were spectacular.
Along the way, I found dispersed campsites — even near the top. I stopped and asked someone about them and guess what? He lives in Centerville, Ohio!
Nestled high in the San Juan Mountains, Ouray was established in the mid-late 19th century by miners in search of sliver and gold. The town sits at about 7,800 feet, but the surrounding mountains frequently exceed 12,000 feet in elevation.
Due to its unique history, the entire length of Main Street is registered as a National Historic District. Here’s a great video summarizing why Ouray is a desirable destination in 2018.
Wait! Did you say that Ouray is the Jeeping Capital of the World?!? Well, Ruby Jean heard you and is ready to go…
Did you know? There’s some excellent tent camping just over the NY border…
156 jeeps arrived in Killington, Vermont with more than 350 drivers and riders ready to hit the trails. Alison took the wheel so I got to enjoy the ride and admire the views. The pictures say it all.
And as with every Jamboree, it’s the PEOPLE that make it AMAZING!
Time for a little local back-country camping with my best buddy.
And there are even opportunities for Jeeping nearby! Can you believe it?!?
Perfect. (Except that you generally need reservations a year in advance…)
Every year Jeepers from around the country gather for a weekend of off-road adventure in the Cumberland Gap region. Like last year in Maine, Ruby Jean wanted to join them. Of course, I camped in my new (and constantly improving!) rig.
In this overhead drone shot, you can see the tiny bright orange tent peeking through the morning fog (second from the bathhouse).
The night before we hit the first trails, more than 300(!) Jeeps took over the little town of Williamsburg, Kentucky. Some were stock, others heavily modified. All were unstoppable.
Paul and Dawn were first to arrive, so we lined up early for inspection.
Once Kris, Mary Jo, Jim, and John rolled in, it was time for our final trail selection.
Trail Day One
Trail Day Two
As with every Jamboree, it’s the PEOPLE that make it AMAZING. What an incredible trip!
On my way down to the 24th Gateway to the Cumberlands Jeep Jamboree, I took a small detour to camp along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. It was lovely!