Mountain Rides: Saddle Up & Buckle Up

“Mountain Rides” by Johnny Vacay is an awe-inspiring book that takes readers on a captivating journey through the picturesque landscapes and thrilling adventures of the mountains of the West, including Aspen, Crested Butte, Jackson Hole, and many more.

Photo by Johnny Vacay.

A unique photographic coffee table book telling of vintage 4x4s and the owners keeping them alive. Starting with vehicles from the 1940s, the stories are organized by decade and showcase all the classics: Scouts, FJs, Wagoneers, Broncos, Fords, and CJs.

Unveiling the Beauty of Aspen: “Mountain Rides” serves as a love letter to Aspen, a renowned destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Johnny Vacay’s vivid descriptions transport readers to the heart of the mountains, where serenity and grandeur intertwine seamlessly. The book captures the essence of Aspen’s natural beauty, shedding light on its hidden gems and well-known trails.

Inside, explore the experiences shared by two TSG Aspen members: Jeff Groom of Snowmass Creek Outfitters and Judy Collins of McCabe Ranch.

Jeff Groom: Snowmass Creek Outfitters

Jeff Groom has spent a significant portion of his life exploring the Aspen and Snowmass wilderness. Ass a Carbondale native, Groom has a deep-rooted passion for adventure and a profound understanding of the area’s terrain. “Mountain Rides” features Groom’s firsthand accounts of thrilling horseback rides, expeditions, and encounters as a local cowboy on the “Original Mountain Ride”, his horses.

Photo by Johnny Vacay.

Judy Collins: McCabe Ranch

As the owner of McCabe Ranch, Collins has a profound connection with the land and its history. Her contribution to “Mountain Rides” showcases her 19XX Willy on her Snowmass ranch rich, intertwining personal stories with the enchanting landscapes that surround it. From polo matched to cattle drives to the unique challenges faced by ranchers, Collins’ experiences add a layer of authenticity to the narrative, capturing the essence of the ranching lifestyle and its integration within the Roaring Fork Valley.

Photo by Johnny Vacay.

“Mountain Rides” by Johnny Vacay offers readers an immersive journey through majestic landscapes, brought to life through the perspectives of owners or classic cars. With their intimate knowledge and deep appreciation for the region, the book shares their remarkable experiences that make up the west. With its evocative storytelling and stunning visuals, this book is a testament to the indelible connection between humanity and nature, making it a must-read for anyone seeking to embark on their own mountain ride, whether it be horse-powered or gas-powered.

Mountain Rides is available for purchase at Ralph Lauren Aspen, 501 E Cooper, or online.