4×4 Colorado

Our great state affords some of the most beautiful and challenging 4×4 trails in the world, and the cool thing is that you don’t really need that special of a rig to explore them. Now, I’m not saying you don’t have to be an experienced off-roader or that you should try to tackle the trails alone. We always advise that you operate your vehicle within its limits, do as much research as you can, watch the weather, prepare for the unexpected, and go with a group of people who know what they’re doing, but a two-door Jeep Wrangler can handle most of the trails you throw at it – albeit, with a few simple modifications.

So, here are a few things you can do that’ll make your 4×4 ready to handle anything.

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Jeep Rubicon Closeup of Tires


Like racing on a track or driving in the snow, tires are critical to your vehicle’s off-road performance. In Colorado, you never know what you might encounter and at higher elevations, it’s quite possible to encounter patches of snow and mud, so you want to make sure you have a good off-road tire that can handle it. For a little extra ground clearance, you can generally opt for a slightly larger diameter tire. Research your particular vehicle’s forums to see what others are doing and talk to your local auto shop about installation.

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Closeup of Jeep tires

Hi-Lift Jack

A quick search on YouTube will show you just how useful a hi-lift jack can be, and you don’t want to hit the hard stuff without it. At $40-$80, they’re reasonably affordable, too.

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Closeup of Tow Straps

Tow Straps

Anybody looking to travel off the pavement should have a set of heavy duty tow straps. Whether it’s your rig that needs a tug or you come across someone on the trail who needs help, having a set of tow straps nearby is a must.

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Jeep's Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Most 4×4 vehicles come equipped with a full-size spare – which if you upgrade your tires, you shouldn’t forget. In Colorado, there are a lot of sharp rocks that could potentially puncture a tire.

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Survival Kit Closeup


Unlike hiking, you have room to bring survival supplies, meaning extra fuel, water, first-aid, food, fire-source, etc. Hey, it can’t hurt to bring that stuff, right?

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Jeep with lift going up rocky terrain

Lift (Optional)

Some people don’t need it, others do a little one to two or even the full six inches. Whatever your ambitions are, you don’t need much in the way of a lift to get by. If you want to crawl some serious rocks, though, you’ll need some serious clearance.

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