So you just got a new truck or you just moved to Colorado and you want to know the next steps in off roading and enjoying the Land Rover Lifestyle?
Please familiarize yourself with the vehicle, including the X angle and the four corners. Most notably the rear wheels track tighter than the center wheels so typically you can start steering past an object when you see it in your rear view mirror, however your truck may be different. Make sure you are able to reverse a great distance and with curves. I’d also recommend that you are confident in operating the Electronic Air Suspension, Low Range, DSC off, HDC on, Terrain Response, or locker controls if so equipped. The P38a is tricky because essentially the center differential is actuated by slip.
You may want to watch this series of Land Rover offroad instructional videos on youtube. These are fantastic resource that used to be difficult to view. If you have a similar vehicle you may want to browse our Off Road Trail Reports for inspiration of travel locations and their challenges of traversing.
Check out stay the trail if you are in Colorado, they have great information about the trails available, rules, and most importantly links to seasonal closure status.
You may want to run a few trails in tandem with a group such as traildamage.com or Solihull Society which hosts the national Land Rover Rally. Running with a group is much safer and provides a greater degree of enjoyment in many cases allowing more difficult, remote terrain to be tackled safer than if you were to ride with just one vehicle.
We did a loop down from Denver to Colorado Springs via i-25 where we went to Garden of the Gods. From there before the balancing rock we took a right on to Rampart Range Road.
There are several signs warning how bad the road is, but it was a pretty good road!
The switchbacks overlooked the Garden of the Gods rock formation and had several great views of Red Rocks near the trail. This is such a fantastic road, highly recommended! We played a bit on the turn around and the 2011 RR SC handled it beautifully.
From there we went to Manitou Springs and it was a quick drive away. Manitou Springs has a vibrant downtown area dominated by a sprawling indoor outdoor arcade. Or perhaps more aptly Arcade Collection. There are tons of rides for the little ones, and retro gaming for the adults.
The arcade has takes up a pavillion and more than 5 store fronts. Patsy’s offers beach boardwalk fare including funnel cakes.
There is an interesting pay what you want coffee shop, bars, and a toy shop in the immediate area.
After cripple creek we headed north through back roads in national forest until we met up with 285 around conifer. We had a quick drive back and the miles flew by once on the highway.
I tried out the fog lights + high beams ccf mod I wrote about in the Gap-Diagnostics IIDTool Bluetooth piece, and I can say it throws a lot more consistent light from far away to close in, a very welcome improvement in night visibility.