Want to get away from the crowd and take charge of your own adventure? Try an RZR rental from Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours. This specialty off-road vehicle is a great hands-on way to explore the Durango backcountry. It’s a more immersive experience than driving a four-wheel drive car and capable of tackling difficult OHV trails. Check out our post on why you should choose an RZR rental and then explore Durango Rivertrippers’ top recommendations on where to go!
Ophir Pass is an excellent choice for first-timers, without many technical sections. It is also an incredible trail to choose in the fall, when the aspens are changing color. The first few miles are easy, with a slightly more difficult climb to the 11,814-foot summit. The top of the pass may have snow year-round, so you and your family might have get to have a summer snowball fight! Crystal Lake is also near the summit, if you want to do a little more exploring. A popular option is also to loop this trail with the more challenging Imogene Pass.
This trail is not far from Durango and rated easy. You can find the trailhead to Potato Lake for a great picnic spot or watch kayakers on the river attempt the Class V rapids. If you hike a few miles, you might even witness locals jumping from the top of Adrenaline Falls!
You can’t beat the accessibility of this route: the Colorado Trail starts right in town and takes you into the Durango backcountry. The road explores pine and aspen forests and even passes a 100-foot waterfall! This is a good option for beginners, although there are a few technical sections and creek crossings. Be mindful of your own experience level and have a great time!
This rocky route passes old mines, abandoned buildings, and, if you time it right, fields of wildflowers. La Plata Canyon also offers great access to trails and campsites if you want to make a basecamp for further off-road exploration. Beginners don’t have to worry about anything too technical, but there are some steep climbs.
More experienced off-roaders may want the challenge of climbing to the highest pass in the San Juan mountains. At over 13,000 feet in elevation, Imogene Pass may literally take your breath away. These roads can be narrow with steep drop-offs, and stream crossings should be approached with caution after heavy rain. The spectacular scenery is absolutely worth the more difficult terrain, and you will pass several mines and historical landmarks. Just remember to stay safe and stay out of old mines.
An RZR rental is a great choice for anyone who wants to explore the incredible Durango area at their own pace. Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tour will provide the helmets, fuel, map, and even a cooler. With 30 years of experience and a perfect safety record, you can trust that we’ll give you everything you need for a safe, unforgettable trip. We also offer more in-house activities than any other company in Durango, so you can add a white water rafting trip or rent a Jeep when you get back into town. Contact one of our reservation specialists today!