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“Bob made our trip fabulous!”

San Juan Backcountry
Ranked #2 of 4 Tours in Silverton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Summer: 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. Winter: 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!
Reviewed August 31, 2013

We took the Old Mine Tour with SJB. Our guide Bob (he wisely didn't mention the "crazy" part) picked us up when we arrived on the bus from Durango. Bob turned out to be the nicest, friendliest, most knowledgeable guide we could have possibly asked for. As he drove us up to the mine on a winding dirt road, he gave us lots of information about the area and its history. When we reached the mine, he pulled out a basket full of lunch for us, which we ate at a picnic area. There were sandwiches, chips, cookies, a bottle of water all packed in sling backpacks which we got to keep.

The mine tour lasts about an hour. We left all of our stuff in Bob's truck and he stayed with it while we were in the mine. After the mine tour, we were able to pan for silver and copper. My sons, 10 and 7, had a little trouble getting the hang of it but Bob jumped right in to help them. He was so great with them. He helped them find several nuggets of copper and silver themselves, and whatever he found he gave to them too.

We had arranged to spend the night in Silverton and since we didn't have to rush back to the train Bob gave us a nice leisurely tour. After the mine he took us to a museum back in the center of Silverton. The museum is small but very comprehensive, including historical furniture, displays of mining tools and even an old jail. He waited for us to browse the gift shop and then offered to drive us to our hotel! All the while, he was answering all of our questions and entertaining our boys. They absolutely loved talking to him. Overall the tour was the highlight of our time in Silverton and Bob made it really special.

Thank Mary C
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Our guide Ed Kiwi was fantastic on Monday 8-26-2013.
All the folks at SJB were friendly, knowledgeable, and just as helpful as could be.
We rented 4 - ATV's for a half day ride up to Animas Forks and had lunch before returning to Silverton and boarding the D&SNG to complete our day long excursion.

Our day was fabulous all around and would do it again!

1  Thank Katherine P
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

There was four in our group on the guided ATV tour out of silverton, our guide was Ed Kiwi. Great experience. No stress good tour, they took great care of us. We rented a jeep and did our own tour with same company the next day. Everyone was great and the vehicles were adquate for the terrarin they are subjected to. Would definitly use them again.

Thank larry p
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Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

Our second jeep trip in the high mountains of southwestern Colorado with Crazy Bob of San Juan Backcountry. The views are incredible, you're on top of the world at 13,000 feet! Bob is a careful driver, but takes you on mining roads as gnarly as you want to go on. Do you want to see wild flowers, beautiful high peaks or mining camps? He'll satisfy your request and it will be a great day.

Thank Jrutsch
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Larrypowersports, Manager at San Juan Backcountry, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2014

Thank you for coming and playing with us!!! Crazy Bob is an experience all in his own, the rest is all just a cherry on top! Hope to see you soon

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

We were really happy with San Juan Backcountry. Took two tours in two days. We had the tour all to ourselves on both days and it was customized to our interests.

On our first day, "crazy Bob" took us up into the mountains. It was early June so the roads had just been opened. Snow everywhere! Bob was a great tour guide and a lot of fun. I'd go back and do it again.

Take a look at the photos and see for yourself.

Thank Donna_MO
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Larrypowersports, General Manager at San Juan Backcountry, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Donna I love the pics, thanks for sharing!!!!! We love the sping nothing like getting up high in elevation and see all the snow. Next time try the autumn for the color change, its a different kind of beautiful, just as spectacular.

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