Go-To Guide for First-Time Truck Owners

From all of us at Mtn Chevy, guide for first-time truck owners

Chevrolet’s full lineup of vehicles is perfectly suited for Colorado roads. The efficient Volt and Bolt can take you long ranges without refueling. The small Malibu and Spark are perfect for navigating Denver’s city streets, and large SUVs and pickups like the Chevy Tahoe and Silverado tackle the harsh conditions and steep inclines of the Rocky Mountains without issue.

If you are new to pickup trucks and plan to get one for Colorado’s wintry roads, consult our guide for first-time truck owners.

  • Blind spots: When you adjust your mirrors in your new truck, you will notice that you have new blind spots you are not used to from driving smaller cars. Become familiar with where your blind spots are before entering the roadway.
  • Turning and reversing: You are in a much larger vehicle when you own a pickup, which can make turning and going in reverse more of a challenge. Practice in an empty parking lot, making sure to use your rearview camera and mirrors to your advantage. Before attempting to reverse when towing or hauling, watch some online tutorials or ask a veteran truck driver for tips.
  • Weight: Pickup trucks are much heavier than smaller cars — often by more than 2,000 pounds. This means your momentum when driving is much greater, so take it slow and give yourself plenty of time and room to brake.

If you’re on the hunt for a new pickup to add to your garage, stop by Mountain Chevrolet. We have a wide selection of new and used trucks to take you on your next adventure.

These Are Some of Chevy’s Best Family-Friendly Features

Chevy’s best family-friend features are seen throughout our entire lineup at Mountain Chevrolet!

Chevrolet’s SUVs, trucks, and cars come with a wide range of features meant to provide comfort, safety, and entertainment for to your family. While we love all of them, these are Chevy’s best family-friendly features offered on a range of models at Mountain Chevrolet:

Teen Driver: Available on most models — such as the Equinox, Cruze, and Silverado 1500 — Teen Driver coaches your teen even when you can’t be in the car. Various functions include muting audio until seat belts are on, setting warnings for when certain speeds are exceeded, and tracking how far the vehicle has been driven.

Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™: Most new Chevy models offer smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. This means you can safely access your favorite apps for messaging, streaming audio, navigation, and more on the go.

Rear-Seat Entertainment System: Select models offer an available entertainment system that plays Blu-Ray and offers wireless digital headphones. Get it on the Suburban, which is the ultimate entertainment on wheels, with up to 14 charge locations throughout the interior.

Flexible seating: SUVs in particular offer up flexible seating options. In fact, the 2018 Chevy Traverse offers up to 98.2 cubic feet of cargo space — that’s the best in its class.

Our Chevy models are designed to cater to your family’s needs. Whether you’re hauling cargo and need flexible seating options or your family just wants a bit more entertainment in the cabin, check out some of our family-friendly options at Mountain Chevrolet.

How Far Can Your Chevy Take You on One Tank of Gas?

Have you ever thought about how far can your Chevy take you on one tank of gas?

Chevrolet’s lineup includes a number of fuel-efficient vehicles of all sizes, truly capable of taking you all across the country on a budget—and without much disturbance to Mother Nature. But how far can your Chevy take you one tank of gas? The number crunchers at Mountain Chevrolet determined just how far you can get from a starting point of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, without having to stop for fuel (or a charge).

2018 Bolt EV

Fuel economy: 128 MPGe city, 110 MPGe highway, 119 MPGe combined

Total range: 238 miles between charges

With 238 miles between charges, you could make it from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, to Fort Collins, Colorado, with miles to spare.

2018 Volt

Fuel economy: 106 MPGe combined

Total range: 53 miles all-electric, 420 miles with full charge and full tank

Depending on the route you choose, you could make it from Glenwood Springs to Salt Lake City, Utah, with 80 miles to spare.

2018 Equinox

Fuel economy: 39 MPG highway (turbo-diesel)

Total range: 608.4 miles (15.6-gallon tank)

You could travel from Glenwood Springs to Las Vegas in the Equinox without stopping for gas.

2018 Silverado 1500

Fuel economy: 18 MPG city, 24 MPG highway, 20 MPG combined

Total range: 520 miles (26-gallon tank, 20 MPG combined)

Take your Silverado 1500 from Glenwood Springs to Albuquerque, New Mexico, with 60+ miles to spare sans fill-ups.

2018 Traverse

Fuel economy: 20 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined

Total range: 572 miles (26-gallon tank, 22 MPG combined)

With the Traverse, you could travel from Glenwood Springs to Yellowstone National Park on one tank of gas.

 

Start your journey with your new Chevy by taking a test drive at Mountain Chevrolet.

All fuel economy figures are estimated by the EPA. Actual mileage may vary.

Rocky Mountain Winter Sports Guide

Rocky Mountain winter sports

Up here in the mountains where Mountain Chevrolet is located, the locals are known for their passion for winter sports. Are you looking to get into some Rocky Mountain winter sports this year? Here are our top recommendations.

First, Get the Right Vehicle

Most winter sports require some heavy-duty equipment, like skis, snowboards, and snowmobiles. Make sure you can properly store and/or tow this equipment with a new Chevy truck or SUV from Mountain Chevy.

Second, Pick Your Destination

After you’ve got your new set of wheels, be it the Chevy Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, or another truck or SUV, head out to one of the local areas, includingRifle, Grand Junction, Denver, and Glenwood Springs.

Denver has a number of winter sports locations, including Winter Park, Vail, Loveland Ski Area, Keystone Resort, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, and Eldora Mountain Resort. Denver also offers several winter activities like festivals, art exhibits, and ice skating.

If Grand Junction is more your scene, check out Powderhorn Mountain Resort and Grand Mesa, the largest flat-topped mountain in the world.

Here in Glenwood Springs, you can visit Sunlight Mountain Resort, go snowshoeing, or try Nordic skiing.

Try a winter hike in Rifle at Rifle Gap State Park and Harvey Gap State Park.

Enjoy your winter here in the mountains!

New Year, New Road Trip: Winter Destinations Outside of Colorado

At Mountain Chevy, we know our customers love to pack up the truck or SUV and head out for Rocky Mountain hiking, skiing, kayaking, and snowboarding adventures, among others, so we thought it would be fun to recommend some great winter destinations outside of Colorado for you to all try this year. Here are our favorites:winter destinations outside of Colorado

  • Arizona wildflowers: By the end of winter, Arizona’s wildflowers are already in full bloom. Some of the best places to take them in include Lost Dutchman State Park and Picacho Peak State Park.
  • Sandia Peak: Take the tram up the mountainside for picturesque views of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the wintertime.
  • Jackson Hole: Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is one of the best places to snowboard every winter. Be sure to check out Rendezvous Mountain for the largest lift-accessed vertical drop in the country at 4,139 feet.
  • Snowshoeing in Utah: Utah is one of the best states for snowshoeing, with several resorts throughout the state that have miles upon miles of terrain dedicated to snowshoeing. Resorts include Sundance Mountain, Cherry Peak, Alta Ski, Solitude Mountain, Park City, and Snowbasin.
  • Birdwatching in Nebraska: If you’re tired from the slopes and need a more tranquil escape, consider going winter birdwatching in Nebraska, as the state gets an abundance of bright eastern meadowlarks in the winter.

Happy winter adventures, and happy New Year!

Buying for Winter—Trucks and SUVs that Beat the Rockies

If you are going to survive a Rocky Mountain River and still want to be active on the slopes every day, you’re going to need a powerful truck or SUV. Lucky for you, we’ve got plenty at Mountain Chevrolet.

Find trucks and SUVs that beat the Rockies at Mountain Chevrolet!

Browse these trucks and SUVs that beat the Rockies

The Chevrolet Silverado lineup (including the 1500 and the Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 models) is full of best-in-class distinctions that will help you power through the tough terrain, like best-in-class horsepower ratings, best-in-class torque ratings, best-in-class towing ratings and even best-in-class efficiency ratings—because preserving the Rocky Mountain environment is important.

If you want something a little smaller, opt instead for the Chevrolet Colorado, named for our great state, which offers America’s best pickup fuel economy at 30 mpg.*

If SUVs are more your style, you’ll want the Suburban or the Traverse for their cargo capacity: The Suburban offers up 121.7 cubic feet of space for your gear while the slightly smaller Traverse provides an impressive 98.2 cubic feet. Even the smallest SUV, the Chevy Trax, is available with all-wheel drive for Rocky Mountain winters, and the Tahoe offers best-in-class fuel economy at 23 miles per gallon on the highway.*

Test drive any of these Chevy trucks and SUVs at Mountain Chevrolet.

*EPA-estimated.

Top 3 Tips to Prepare Your Truck for Winter

Per the motto of House Stark, winter is coming. While winterizing any vehicle is important and includes the basics like testing your battery, topping off your fluids, and checking your heater, trucks need some special attention, especially if you plan to take them out for some joyrides in the snow. Make sure your Silverado or Colorado is ready for a Rocky Mountain winter with these helpful tips to prepare your truck for winter.

Prepare your truck for winter with these tips

It’s All About the Lube

If you want your truck to truly enjoy the longevity it was built to have, you’re going to need to spend some time lubing it up ahead of winter. Lube all the locks and door hinges, as well as the tailgate latch and spare tire mechanism.

Don’t Forget the Wax

Your truck can handle the extreme road conditions of the Rocky Mountain winter, so it’s likely you’ll leave your car in the garage in favor of your truck. With potentially increased use this winter, you’ll want to give your truck a good coat of wax on the paint and bright surfaces.

Take Care of Your Weather Stripping

Snow and freezing rain can “glue” your weather stripping together, which could make it difficult to get in your truck doors. Use a silicon product to treat the stripping.

Have more questions about winterizing your truck? Visit Mountain Chevy for winter service on your truck.

Fall Trips in Your Chevrolet Bolt

The Chevrolet Bolt EV features an extensive electric-only range that makes it the perfect vehicle for a fall trip. This makes it ideal for those who want to preserve nature’s beauty for future generations, but its clever design and surprising spaciousness makes it every bit as ideal for those who want to experience nature in the now. The Chevrolet Bolt is a great choice for your next trip into the wilderness; here are a few popular spots, recommended by the team at Mountain Chevrolet, that are well worth checking out in your new Bolt.Fall Trips in Your Chevrolet Bolt

Iron Mountain Hot Springs

There’s nothing quite like paying a visit to Iron Mountain Hot Springs to put your mind and body at ease. Soaking in the hot springs relieves muscle tension and helps people do something that doesn’t come quite so easy with day-to-day stresses: relax.

Sixteen soaking pools range from 98 degrees to 108 degrees Fahrenheit. The quiet surroundings and scenic view make the trip all the more worthwhile, allowing you to forget about the concrete jungle if only for a moment.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Thrill-seekers and fun-lovers will enjoy a visit to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Roller coasters, a canyon swing, and zip rides offer a thrilling adventure and scenic views in one fell swoop.

After you’ve had your fun, continue your adventure with a tour of Glenwood Caverns. Featuring thousands of rock formations and the famous King’s Row, a trip through the caverns is time well spent.

Bear Lake

Taking an inexpensive trip to Bear Lake is made worth it with scenic views few places on Earth can top. From calm waters to luscious landscapes to snow-topped mountains, Bear Lake is an all-in-one setting that will take your breath away.

New vs. Used Trucks: Which is Better?

When shopping for a truck, you’ll have to decide early in the process whether you’d prefer a new or used vehicle. There are definite pros and cons to both choices, one reason we at Mountain Chevrolet have provided a comparison between the two options.

Benefits Of Buying New

Deciding between new vs. used trucks is no simple matter. According to US News & World Report, one of the major pros to buying new is that you know your truck has little to no wear, which means it will likely have a longer life than a used car. New trucks also come with the absolute latest safety equipment and entertainment technologies—like smartphone connectivity and Chevy MyLink®—and some special trims, like the Colorado ZR2, may only be offered for the newest model year.

Buying New vs. Used Trucks: The Colorado ZR2 is a reason to buy new

Benefits Of Buying Used

What are the pros of buying a used truck? Used trucks cost less, but they also depreciate at a slower rate. Some new trucks lose a significant portion of value in the first few years—usually due to a dip in demand—which means used cars are sometimes better investments in the long run. Plus, for truck owners who simply want a work vehicle, buying a used Silverado, among other trucks, is usually more practical. Not to mention, a certified pre-owned (CPO) truck is tested as being reliable and is likely to come with low miles and fairly new technologies.

Regardless of your decision, so long as you choose a Chevrolet truck, you’re bound to drive away with a great vehicle. Call or visit Mountain Chevrolet today to learn more about the pros and cons of buying new and used and see all of the great trucks we have in stock.

Top 5 Destinations within 5 Hours of Rifle, Colorado

It’s no secret that Coloradoans are thrill seekers. As a whole, we like to get out and enjoy the outdoors—by boat, by bike, by vehicle, and by foot—no matter the season. If you live in Rifle, Colorado, and have recently purchased a new Chevy Equinox, Suburban, Tahoe, or Traverse from Mountain Chevrolet, chances are good you’re itching to take your new Chevy SUV outside of Rifle and explore the great state of Colorado. Here are the top 5 destinations within 5 hours of Rifle to take your new SUV for the ultimate adventure.destinations within 5 hours of Rifle in your 2018 Chevrolet EquinoxColorado River:

If you like canoeing or kayaking, there’s no better river than the Colorado, which starts in our great state and flows through other southwestern states into Mexico. In Colorado, the upper portion of the river is calmer, ideal for beginners. The best place to kayak or canoe might just be the Glenwood Canyon region, which is beautiful, and just 30 minutes outside of Rifle.

Colorado Springs:

The city of Colorado Springs, 4 hours outside of Rifle, has a number of outdoor activities and locations to visit, including zip-lining, visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, or going for a hike in Pikes Peak.

Rocky Mountain National Park:

Drive your new Chevy through Rocky Mountain National Park, 3 hours from Rifle, for scenic views and chances to spot wildlife. Be sure to stop by Bear Lake and Chapel on the Rock and try out the Emerald Lake Trail.

Denver:

The city of Denver, a 3 hour drive from Rifle, may have the faster city pace, but it also has plenty to do outdoors, including the Foothills Explorer Tour and a Sunset Hiking Tour.

Mesa Verde National Park:

About 5 hours outside of Rifle, this park features ancient ruins for the whole family to explore.

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