Fourmile Area: Natural Bridge

4.6/5 (22 reviews)
Buena Vista, Colorado (Chaffee County)
Last Updated: 05/08/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

The Natural Bridge Loop is a scenic trail with a hiking option located just northeast of Buena Vista. The trail snakes back and forth over small ridges and through steep gullies before reaching the Natural Bridge rock formation. While an impressive photo opportunity from the road, the optional .75 mile hike to the bridge allows for an up close look and an amazing view of the Arkansas River Valley below. The return trip is equally as impressive with panoramic views of the 14,000' Collegiate Peaks as the backdrop. Bring your hiking gear and some water if you plan to hike to the bridge as it's a steep non-maintained trail up the mountainside.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

This trail is part of the Fourmile Travel Management Area northeast of Buena Vista. The Natural Bridge route follows FS 373 and part of FS 311 making a large loop. The road surface is mostly sand and/or smooth dirt as the trail climbs up and out of the valley. There are some steep gullies to navigate before the trail drops in elevation near the Natural Bridge hiking trail. The route then circles back toward Buena Vista giving a panoramic view of the Collegiate Peaks for the return trip.

Trail Reviews

4.6/5 (22 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Rating a 4 because.... we only used waypoints 1-3 as a connector route. What we did do was fun. At WP 3 we stopped and made the decision to head out and leave the rest of the loop for another day. We will be back.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This is a really fun area. Great trails with enough obstacles to keep it interesting. Lots of dirt bikes, ate's, etc., but they were all responsible drivers. Really great camping spots too. This would be a great area to take someone that is just getting started with technical trails.
Marcus Trusty
Official Crew
27350
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/08/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Totally dry throughout the loop!
Trail Review: Fourmile Area: Natural Bridge - Marcus Trusty
Ian
2300
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Loop is dry and trail is clear. Great if your looking for something not technical but still want some whoops and hills. Stock SUVs shouldn’t have an issue but lower clearance vehicles may want to take it slow and plan/spot accordingly to avoid bottoming out. Quite a few open camp spots with great views of the mountain range. Be mindful of dirt bikers and side by sides around blind turns and hill climbs as this area can get crowded and sees heavy use.
Trail Review: Fourmile Area: Natural Bridge - Ian
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Went on Presidents day and pretty much had it all to myself. Some snow and mud but easy enough and never a real worry of getting stuck. Came in Shields Gulch to Million Dollar View and finished with Natural Bridge It was an awesome day. Saw only deer and one parked truck!
Trail Review: Fourmile Area: Natural Bridge - William Raufmann
Trail Review: Fourmile Area: Natural Bridge - William Raufmann
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