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Silverton provides easy access to such popular four-wheel-drive routes as Ophir Pass to the Telluride side of the San Juans, Stony Pass to the Rio Grande Valley, and Engineer and Cinnamon passes, components of the Alpine Loop. With an all-terrain vehicle you can see some of Colorado’s most famous ghost towns, remnants of mining communities, and jaw-dropping scenery. The four-wheeling season is May to mid-October, weather permitting. In winter these unplowed trails are transformed into fabulous snowmobile routes.
Silver Summit RV Park and Jeep Rentals. You can rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle here for about $150 per day. 640 Mineral St., Silverton, CO, 81433. 970/387–0240. www.silversummitrvpark.com.