Copper Chief

Scout Route
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Copper Chief, FR 493, is a scenic drive up Mingus Mountain. The trail passes remnants of the historic Copper Chief Mine. Thus its name. Most stock SUVs should have no problem, but some sections require care. The trail has taller rocks that most stock rigs can't avoid and will need to be traversed. Allow around 1 to 1.5 hours to complete FR 493. There are several spots for incredible views. Snow or rain could make this much harder. The signage at the east end says no camping along FR 493.