Fourmile Area: Spanish Mills

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4.1/5 (14 reviews)
Buena Vista, Colorado (Chaffee County)
Last Updated: 05/08/2022
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This trail winds back and forth over small washes with magnificent views of the 14,000' Collegiate Peaks before dropping into a sandy wash at a place known as Spanish Mills. Spanish Mills is the name locals have given this route as there is an old arrastra site (an arrastra is a primitive mill for grinding and pulverizing (typically) gold or silver ore) just down stream from where this trail crosses Fourmile Creek. Spanish Mills was built by area miners in the early 1900s and was later named after the mine operation was abandoned. Please respect private property in this area as the mine and old mill site sit on a patented mining claim. Spanish Mills is a connector trail which ends where the Lenhardy Cut-Off trail and the Natural Bridge trail begin.

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4.1/5 (14)
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400
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/23/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great little forest road still close to BV. Great camping and accessible by most vehicles
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Rated 3/5
Visited: 07/19/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very easy trail as a connector to other trails in the fourmile area. Minor sharp turns and loose sand.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/17/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Kind of surprised this trail isn't rated a little more difficult as there are some sharp turns on somewhat-steep hills that had my suspension articulated a good bit. This trail was incredibly busy with little kids and dogs running around from all of the easily-accessible campsites.
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600
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/30/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Not a hard trail by any means, but several of the "whoops" could be problematic for low clearance vehicles or longer wheelbases. Trail was populated with ATVs and OHVs. A few steep inclines but this part of the trail was certainly easier before the "Natural Bridge" trail that follows.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Out for a day in the Four Mile area, this was the first trail. Lots of activity with OHVs and bicycles as well as vehicles. Stream is easily done, wasn't deep at all. Just a nice fun run on a dry trail.

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