Rock Pirates FAQs
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE ROCK PIRATES?
The short answer is our commitment to providing you with the best Off- Road ATV adventure in Western Colorado. We have unparalleled dedication to your safety and enjoyment. When you call we talk to you and answer all of your questions. Making sure your OHV adventure is an awesome experience is as important to us as it is to you! Rock Pirates has a full fleet of Polaris side-by-sides, a whole new first-class experience for your family vacation. All Polaris vehicles are fully loaded with a touchscreen GPS unit, a lock and ride cooler box, and power steering. We provide helmets and goggles at no extra cost to all our guests. We do not required a security deposit on any vehicle in our fleet. We also cover the cost of fuel & require no cleaning prior to vehicle return.
ARE THE ADVENTURES SAFE?
Off road driving on any type of OHV or ATV is an outdoor adventure sport with an element of inherent risk, and it is possible to be injured. Is it dangerous? No, but no reputable outfitter should tell you that it’s absolutely safe. The uncontrolled and sometimes unpredictable elements of the backcountry are part of the thrill.
DID SILVERTON BAN OHVS?
On October 12th, 2021 Silverton voted to ban OHVs on all streets, alleys and right-of-ways within town limits. The good news is that the ordinance does not affect the trails or the Alpine Loop. We will continue to be a familiar face at our storefront at 957 Greene Street in Silverton. The OHVs will be staged at a second location outside of the town limits, near the trailheads on County Road 2. Our guests can still get on and ride like they’re used to! A shuttle service from Silverton to County Road 2 will be offered for your convenience, or you may choose to drive your own vehicle.
WHAT ABOUT LAKE CITY?
While it is no longer possible to ride a side-by-side in Silverton, Lake City welcomes OHVs and continues to allow their use on the streets.
IF WE ARE ON AN UNGUIDED ADVENTURE, HOW WILL WE KNOW WHERE WE ARE GOING?
After a comprehensive vehicle orientation, we will familiarize you with the San Juan County Backcountry and the endless possibilities awaiting you and your family. Whether you want to explore historic mines, experience-breathtaking views, or challenge your off-road driving skills, we will help you plan your mission. You will then be provided with:
- All Groups receive a Touch Screen GPS technology mapping device that clearly shows routes names, intersections, forks in the road, and water crossing.
- A detailed paper map of the area we provide during your check-out.
- An emergency communication device in all Polaris RZR’s.
WHAT IS THE CLOSEST AIRPORT?
The closest airport to Durango is the La Plata County Airport. The closest airport to Silverton and Ouray is the Montrose County Airport.
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
Rock Pirates runs its trips rain or shine however we will determine the safety of all tours and reserve the right to alter tours based on weather and terrain conditions.
HOW FAR IS YOUR LOCATION FROM OUR HOTEL?
Rock Pirates operates in the San Juan Mountains with our base of operations in Silverton. Silverton is roughly one hour from downtown Durango, 30 minutes from Ouray and two hours from Telluride.
WHAT IS THE ALPINE LOOP?
The Alpine Loop is a 63 mile scenic byway that winds its way through the southern Rockies via two mountain passes,Engineer Pass, to the north, and Cinnamon Pass, to the south. Along the way, there are 14,000 ft. mountains, the historic towns of Lake City, Ouray, and Silverton, stunning alpine scenery, high alpine lakes and streams.
A great deal of preparation accompanies your reservation requiring the following cancellation policy: 50% may be refundable if your reservation is canceled more than 72 hours (3 days) before the reservation date. Cancellations within 72 hours of tour or rental departures are not subject to refund and will be charged the full balance. No-shows and late arrivals are not eligible for refunds. Although we may allow a one-time change within the same year based upon availability and circumstance.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ATTRACTIONS/ACTIVITIES I MAY WANT TO MY ADVENTURE?
- Historic ghost towns and mines
- The Alpine Loop Scenic and Historic Byway
- Kendall Mountain
- A picnic on Stony Pass
- Bear Town
WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO IN THE AREA?
- Check out the Ouray Hot Springs
- Experience world class mountain biking, hiking, or whitewater rafting
- Take the Haunted Silverton Walk
- Check out the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose
- Ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train