Getting Started with Off-Roading

offroad101Off-roading can be an incredibly exciting experience, but it’s not something you can just do on a whim without taking some precautions. Experienced off-roading enthusiasts know the importance of practicing safety and knowing what to do when navigating the terrain. We want you to have a spectacular time, so consider these tips if you’re getting your feet wet.

It may sound archaic but bring a map. Regardless of how well you may know the area, having a map is crucial. Apps like Google Maps or Apple Maps depend on cell phone coverage to work properly, signal can be iffy in the more remote areas. On top of that, these maps may not cover some of the areas you’ll be traveling in.

If you find yourself traveling uphill, remember that you have the right of way. In other words, if you’re traveling downhill, make sure to yield to other drivers traveling uphill towards you. Always practice caution and take blind curves slowly as there may only be a single lane.

When driving, stay away from straddling large boulders and don’t try crossing streams that may be moving too quickly or have an indeterminable depth. Also, refrain from allowing your vehicle to travel sideways up a steep hill as it could cause it to roll.

This update is provided by Ouray Mountain Adventures, Incorporated. Our Ouray Jeep trails allow you to explore the Rocky Mountains and we offer full or half day reservations. For more information on our Ouray Jeep rental rates and options including available vehicles, rates, and rental policies, call 970.919.1005 or 888.919.3256. You can also visit us at 125 3rd Avenue, Ouray, Colorado 81427.