- 97 Ratings
Half Day Jeep Tour in the San Juan Mountains
Ride off into the wild with a four by four jeep tour of the rugged San Juan Mountains. Set your sights high on this wild ride that takes you up mountains, through canyons, and across meadows.
What You Will Do
- This tour sets out from Ouray, known as the Switzerland of America, a former mining town full of hidden treasures
- Travel through the scenic Yankee Boy Basin or over the Imogene Pass deep in the heart of the mountains
- See the best of the San Juan Mountains, a tough and imposing range that cuts through the heart of the Old West
- Snap photos of roaring waterfalls, wildflowers, and green hills
- Guided jeep tour
- Poncho and blanket
Bring a camera, rain-jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, water-bottle, and for colder days, extra clothing.
- 97 Ratings
Casual approach to tour...felt more like a private guide...we were the only ones on tour, so I guess it was a private tour. Jay was informal, accommodating to our needs and knowledgeable. The fact that we didn’t sign legal papers prior to trip speaks volumes to how you approach this venture. We had no expectations about what we were to see. Centering the tour around old mines was fascinating to all 3 of us. We felt we got more than our money’s worth.
- Christian Thorpe
Our driver was very informative, his love of the area made for an enjoyable experience.
Saw beautiful scenery and enjoyed commentary by driver.
The views were incredible. Our guide John was excellent and gave us a lot of insight and history of the old mine camps and the work that was put into running those mines. Being a little over 12,000 feet up was awesome. I would definitely love to come back again and tour more of the San Juan Mountains with San Juan Scenic Tours.
Jim knew alot about the history of the area. The drive was absolutely beautiful, despite the hazy skies from the fires. The only suggestion I would make to San Juan Jeeps is don't worry about the competition. There is no need to bad mouth other jeep tours in area.
Big Jim was very informative and an excellent guide.
Jay was an excellent drive and guide that provided more of a tour than we thought possible. It was a great day!
Jim, our driver, was wonderful. He stopped frequently to explain the terrain, was very knowledgeable and answered our questions. It rained on us 3 times and each time Jim made sure we were comfortable and put the canopy on. The trip was not rushed and we felt like he was genuinely interested in us as his guests and made sure we got to see the sights we were interested in.
We had a great time! Jim was our guide and he really made the trip great! He was so knowledgeable and aware of his customers. He made it educational and fun!
This is the only company I use when doing back country excursion in Ouray (3 times), They have been around the longest, drivers all very experienced and accommodating to there guests. I especially like that it is a family run business (those are getting harder and harder to find) : )
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and an expert behind the wheel. Would do it again!
Jim, our driver, was very informative about the area. The day and scenery could not have been any more spectacular.
Jim is as confident and poised in the event of rain going up a Rocky Mountain! We got to see everything we hoped for and more. Unforgettable!
I live in Ouray and I always choose this company when I have visitors. I can always count on San Juan Scenic Jeep tours to show my friends and family a great time.
The tour was fantastic. Our driver was knowledgeable and created a fun and relaxed environment. Would recommend and absolutely would do it again!
We had the jeep and the driver all to ourselves..... unfortunately for them - the other 'travellers' cancelled. John our driver was very informative, helpful, attentive and ready to answer any and all questions. It couldn't have been a nicer day - weather wise and the scenery was spectacular.... Thanks for a wonderful time.
We had such a great time. The driver was informative and also very flexible. We highly recommend this experience!
A little preachy, but still a valuable experience. This was our fourth trip with these folks stretched over 20 years and four vacations. They all been worth the time and money. This is a must add to any itinerary that includes Ouray. There is no other comparable experience.
Not only got the tour but also was very good about giving the history of the area we toured, and was willing to stop let us off the jeep and check areas. Also while other on tour were wanting the mild version ,he was willing to spice it up a little for us more daring ones.
Great service, great guide (Greg)
Took a half day tour up into Camp Bird mining district. Wanted the full day, but just couldn't fit it into our schedule. Our driver was personable and knowledgeable about the history, geology and biology of the area. Our group was given a choice of which way to go, and chose the more intense trip. Definitely an off-road experience! Though this made my wife a bit nervous, it was a memorable trip. Hopefully I can talk her into taking the full day trip to Telluride next time around.
We thoroughly enjoyed going up the mountain and seeing the waterfalls and views at the top!!
Our guide, Jim, was very knowledgeable and educated us on the history of not just the mines, but the town and surrounding area. He made everyone feel safe by stressing the importance of respecting nature and gravity. We would definitely go again.
Excellent outfit. Our tour was lead by Jim. Such a real down to earth, honest and friendly guy. He was so knowledgeable about the area, the history and the mines, which added to the value of the tour. Jim really cared about each of us, on the tour... And allowed us to make it ours. We will be back!
It was so much fun, a little scary but beautiful
Awesome experience with Jim! He was a great guide, very knowledgeable about the area, and asked for our input on what we wanted to see (mines, wildlife, etc). Absolutely worth the money, would do it again and would definitely highly recommend to other visitors!
Our guide Jim was so helpful and informative and helped us experience the tour at a very personal level. We learned a lot from his narrative about mining and had several thrilling adventures on the road though the mining towns and bumpy, ridiculous roads to get there. We were quite chilly on our adventure, but Jim provided blankets to keep us warm. An adventure not soon to forget! Will definitely book through you again. I like the fact that San Juan Jeep Tour is the oldest tour available in Ouray and offers tours not available through other sites.
The guide was very knowledgeable and informative. My wife and I enjoyed the outing very much and will recommend the San Juan jeep tours to our friends and family.
The tour was incredible. Words don't do it justice. Greg was so friendly and accommodating. Next time we're in the area we will definitely be back. Thank you!
Jim was an awesome host and driver! We really enjoyed learning about the area that we were touring. Much better tour than the other companies provide. We will definitely see you again!
Jay made the trip very special. Very professional and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend your company.
Jim took real good care of us!
We really enjoyed this breath taking jeep tour. The guide was very informative and I felt safe at all times.
- Thomas M
Craig did an excellent job driving safely and showing us Yankee Boy Basin. The rain was easily kept from being a big distraction by the planning and availability of a top for the framework and ponchos where needed. Also enjoyed having his dog Bryson along. A very pleasant afternoon!
Enjoyed the great ride and entertaining driver. Beautiful scenery and mining exploration were exceptional.