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St. Elmo

Chaffee County, Colorado


How to Get There

From Buena Vista: Take Hwy 285 south through Nathrop. Turn right (west) on County Road 162 and follow past the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs. The road will turn to dirt and change names to Chalk Creek Road. There are a few sections where the riding of unlicensed OHVs is permitted, but pay attention to the signs. The pin point marker is at the staging area just before entering St. Elmo.

Detailed Description

Pin Point is at the staging area to the East of Tincup. Restroom is available there. *NOTE: The Iron Chest mine access road is a PRIVATE ROAD and is not an official Forest Service System Route.

Adopted Trails

FR298   Blue Mesa 4-Wheelers
FSR 277, 278, 279 and sub-routes (Mt. Antero Trail System)
  High Rocky Riders

Trail System Information

Location: 38.7053666667, -106.339116667
Location is:
Nearest City: Buena Vista
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Best for: 4WDMotorcycleATVUTV

Note that not all of the trails in an area will be open to all vehicle types. Follow the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)s and signage for the area and ride only on trails open to and wider than your OHV.

Maps/GPS files: PDF ZIP KMZ Map

Visit the Trail Maps page for download/print instructions, information about the Avenza App for PDF files, or a complete list of available maps!

More Info: Salida Ranger District (719) 539-3591
  Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Comanche National Grassland (719) 553-1400
  MVUM Page

Nearby Trails

Trail Name   Trail Width Length (mi)
Poplar Gulch   Motorcycle   6.12

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Stay The Trail Colorado was Awarded the 2013 Outstanding Trail Sharing Award
American Trails

This award recognizes innovative & successful trail sharing efforts, programs, & systems.


American Trails' 21st National Trails Awards Program honors people and programs at the 21st American Trails International Symposium. The awards celebration was held at Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona, April 16, 2013.

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