Colorado Byways: Backcountry drives for the whole family (Backcountry Byways)

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For the price of a single tank of gas for the typical 4wd sport-utility vehicle, the 80 unpaved adventure roads detailed in this backcountry travel guide will steer you through Colorado's most spectacular wildlands and historic settings. From the river gorges of Dinosaur National Monument to the soaring peaks and passes of the San Juan Mountains (including the famous Alpine Loop), the routes it details will help you discover ghost towns, Native American rock art sites, sweeping glaciated valleys, an active dinosaur fossil quarry and herds of wild horses. It even includes exhilarating drives up the famous ski slopes at Aspen, Vail and Breckenridge. Whether you're looking for an easy cruise through autumn aspens or the thrill of a genuine 4x4 route like famous Black Bear Pass, its detailed descriptions, maps for every route, extensive how-to chapter and comprehensive listing of information sources - not to mention its handy spiral binding - make this glovebox-size guide the ideal companion for exploring the wilds of Colorado with the comfort and convenience of an SUV.

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Colorado has one of North America's most extensive networks of scenic unpaved backcountry roads, many of them rich in history. With so many people now driving 4wd, high-clearance sport-utility vehicles, these often little-known and little-traveled adventure roads are finally accessible to just about anyone. This easy-to-use, glovebox-size guidebook is the most comprehensive backcountry touring guide available for the Centennial State. It depicts not just the scenery, but the history and culture of Colorado as well. You will find backcountry byways through the entire range of Colorado's diverse landscapes, from the river gorges of Dinosaur National Monument to the sky-scraping peaks and passes of the San Juan Mountains. It includes difficulty ratings, information sources, even campgrounds and relevant Internet Web sites. Most routes are rated easy to moderately difficult, although some, like Black Bear Pass, will appeal to adventure drivers who want more challenging 4x4 routes. Happy trails!

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Travel writer Tony Huegel began introducing America to the concept of backcountry touring in 1993, when he launched his innovative "Byways" series of adventure driving guidebooks. He and his family had discovered that, thanks to their 4wd sport-utility vehicle, they could explore western wildlands and remote historic sites comfortably, conveniently and safely anytime. After growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area and earning a bachelor's degree in journalism at U.C. Berkeley, Tony worked as a reporter and photographer for newspapers in Wyoming, California and Idaho. His SUV-oriented backcountry adventure articles now appear regularly in Road & Track magazine's new spinoff, Open Road, as well as 4Wheel Drive & Sport Utility magazine. He and his family have lived in Idaho since 1985. It was in Idaho, a state noted for its vast, unspoiled expanses of publicly owned wildlands, that he and his family discovered that backpacks and blisters were unnecessary to enjoy wild and remote places of great natural beauty. In almost any stock SUV, they could easily explore backroads and 4x4 routes through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the West by day, and relax poolside by night. Tony is now the leading chronicler of the American West's best adventure roads. And you can join him in his travels with you own copy of a "Byways" adventure guide!

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