Iron Chest Mine ATV Trail

Buena Vista, Colorado 81211

Iron Chest Mine ATV Trail

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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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Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails, Vol. 1 (FunTreks)
Charles A. Wells
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"Classic hard-core trail with historic structures at Iron Chest Mine. The buildings at Iron Chest Mine are over 100 years old and are in relatively good condition given the 12,000-ft. altitude. A giant pulley lies on the ground in front of a large tram house with tram towers going down the mountain. Just over the high ridge above the mine is the Mary Murphy Mine, which can be reached via Pomeroy Lakes. Take a short 250-yard hike to the interesting Ghost House near start of trail. The cabin was built in 1886. Flattened tin cans were used as roof shingles. Iron Chest has always been known for its difficult boulder field. When the boulders were pushed aside to allow maintenance at the mine, many hard-core enthusiasts were disappointed. I’m happy to report that the boulders have returned and the trail is now harder than ever. I barely got through with 33-inch tires and two lockers. Extremely difficult for ATVs." Read more

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Trail Information

Buena Vista
Nearby City
2.9
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Difficult
Difficulty
1.5 hours
Duration
Best summer and fall
Season
San Isabel National Forest
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Dec 2018