Iron Chest Mine ATV Trail

Buena Vista, Colorado

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Iron Chest Mine at the end of the trail is very photogenic and one of my favorites. Hike to the historic Ghost House on left at start of trail. After the boulder field, a narrow trail winds through the trees and quickly climbs above timberline. A narrow section of shelf road can be blocked by snow well into July. Trail has deep ruts at the top due to erosion by melting snow. Services: Full services in Buena Vista and Salida. Gas and supplies at Mt. Princeton Country Store on C.R. 162. Supplies, but no gas for sale at St. Elmo General Store; however, they do rent ATVs. St. Elmo also has a small bed & breakfast. (See appendix for contact information.)

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"Iron Chest Mine at the end of the trail is very photogenic and one of my favorites. Hike to the historic Ghost House on left at start of trail. After the boulder field, a narrow trail winds through the trees and quickly climbs above timberline. A narrow section of shelf road can be blocked by snow well into July. Trail has deep ruts at the top due to erosion by melting snow.

Services: Full services in Buena Vista and Salida. Gas and supplies at Mt. Princeton Country Store on C.R. 162. Supplies, but no gas for sale at St. Elmo General Store; however, they do rent ATVs. St. Elmo also has a small bed & breakfast. (See appendix for contact information.)"

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Buena Vista
Distance: 2.9
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best summer and fall
Local Contacts: San Isabel National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Iron Chest Mine ATV Trail

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May 2018