Ouray Jeep Jamboree: It was a Jeep Thing!
It has been over a decade since my days on the assembly line in Detroit building the Grand Jeep Cherokee, so the Ouray Jeep Jamboree served as a reunion to the very product that sparked my automotive passions. I had driven the vehicle many times on the testing grounds at the factory so I was excited to see how the vehicle would hold up to the rigorous demands of the mountainous terrain in Ouray, Colorado. This former mining town is a Jeep family favorite with hundreds of miles of scenic backcountry trails earning it the title "Jeep Capital of the World."
Every level of expertise from novice to veteran can participate as long as they have a Jeep vehicle with a 4-LO transfer case and if you don’t, Jeep rentals are available throughout town. Jeepers are divided into groups with experienced guides on hand to help drivers navigate the most challenging off-road situations. That knowledge did nothing to quell my nervousness as we began our first trail, Engineer Pass, a 28-mile long trek at a 12,805 foot elevation.
As for the overall Jeep Jamboree, there were definitely moments were I questioned the line between adventure and insanity as we creeped along those mountain roads with 10,000 plus foot drops. However, this adrenaline pumping test drive is a worthy experience for thrill seekers.
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