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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!
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5 reviews
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Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

What a great experience, I walked off the street with an off the wall request and Larry and his wife (sorry, forgot your name) bent over backwards to help me. Going out of their way changing their plans for the day and Larry even worked late almost missing an important meeting to help me. He pointed out all of the cool things in the area. On top of all this, I changed my plans at the last minute causing them more work and he wasn't even planning in charging me for, I had to force some extra money on him (probably wasn't enough). So far the most pleasant experience of my trip so far. I will never forget this.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Russ A
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Westfield, New Jersey
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79 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Bob made our trip fabulous!”
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.

Visited August 2013
Thank Mary C
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Crawford, Texas, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Awesome ride & guide”
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!

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Katherine P
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Waco, Texas
1 review
“san juan backcountry tours silverton colorado”
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.

Visited August 2013
Thank larry p
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“High up high on the mountain!”
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.

Visited August 2013
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Larrypowersports, Manager at San Juan Backcountry, responded to this review, 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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