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San Juan Backcountry

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Address: Silverton, CO 81433
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+1 800-494-8687


Rent a Jeep, ATV, Dirt Bike, Street Bike or a Mountain Bike OR take...


Rent a Jeep, ATV, Dirt Bike, Street Bike or a Mountain Bike OR take a guided tour on an ATV or in one of our open-top 4x4 Suburbans and we will take you to the best and most spectacular places in the San Juans, one of America's most pristine wilderness areas.


Come ride with us starting at Molas Lake Campground on a snowmobile tour that you will never forget! On the perfect day you will arrive up at almost 13k feet, on top of the Grand Turk, where purgatory looks like just a hop skip and jump away!

Or come rent skis, snowboards, sleds or ice skate at Kendall mountain and enjoy all the powder we have to offer! Best rates in Sw Colorado!

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Jeeping in the CO High Country

This was our 4th time to rent a jeep to take into the CO back country. However, it was the first time to rent with San Juan Backcountry. We were very pleased with them. We... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2016
Cody B
Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

This was our 4th time to rent a jeep to take into the CO back country. However, it was the first time to rent with San Juan Backcountry. We were very pleased with them. We reserved ahead of time, showed up and got the pre-rental do's & don'ts, then headed out for the next 7.5hrs. Considering that we'd done the... More 

1 Thank Cody B
Godfrey, Illinois
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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Mike was an awesome guide. He gave us more than we hoped for. The scenery was spectacular and Mike packed as much into our one as possible. Well worth the time and money!!!

Thank ours2gether6
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

We've rented a Jeep from San Juan Backcountry seven times now and never had a breakdown, flat tire, or other problem. We've taken their Jeeps over Stoney, Engineer, and Cinnamon passes and all over the San Juan mountains near SIlverton and always had a good time. Alex and Taylor were friendly and professional and made the rental process easy.

1 Thank TAP M
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We booked a 1/2 day guided tour with our kids; 11 and 9. We rented 2 side-by-sides. They were Can-Am Commanders, preferred because they are hands down the leader in the ATV industry. The checkin was easy; staff was super nice. Helmets could use an upgrade though. Our guide was Soren. He was an amazing guide who was receptive to... More 

1 Thank cocktailmommy
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6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

We took the bus to Silverton and Tony met us and showed my husband how to drive the ATV. We were a little out of our element, so it was really fun to drive right through the running creek and get wet and splattered with mud and then get snowed on when we reached Animas Forks. We had a huge... More 

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Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful. Hoping for rainy season,but didn't get that this yr. Was hot and dry. Still saw beautiful sites!

Thank Queenu
Fresno, Texas, United States
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3 reviews
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

We spent a couple of days in Silverton, CO. And didn't know which to do and we decided to take the San Juan back country tour. We had Michael as our guide. Let me just say that Michael made this trip not only exciting but he was well educated and informed of the area. He was also incredible with showing... More 

Thank John R
Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Visited Silverton on a day trip while in Durango. Pre made my reservation. Had a mix up,but turned out ok. Very laid back business atmosphere. Got there a little early was told to hang out, went outside to sit on the bench no one came to get me and I almost missed my ride. Luckily went inside to check what... More 

Thank LovelyLexi2010
Covington, Louisiana
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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

We're more hikers than 4 wheel enthusiast but one of our friend really wanted to drive around the mountains so we have it a try. The rental process is fairly quick and the drive was fun with plenty of great views and a few very exciting dips and climbs on the roads. Being from New Orleans I was a little... More 

Thank KBTiger83
Durango, Colorado
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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Chad,a very good tour guide,took us on a very good tour of the best trails that the Silverton area has. Chad is extremely knowledgeable of area,and takes pride in the mountains. Will take you any where you want, but will also take you on easier trails if you're new. Take a guided tour to learn trails before going on your... More 

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