Fourmile Area: Fourmile Ranch

Buena Vista, Colorado (Chaffee County)

Last Updated: 07/06/2018
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 0.81 miles
Highest Elevation: 8627 feet
Duration: About 5 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Buena Vista
Nearest Town w/ Services: Buena Vista
Official Road Name: 375C
Management Agency: San Isabel National Forest
District: Salida District

Highlights

Highlight: Fourmile Area: Fourmile Ranch
The Fourmile Ranch trail travels FS 375C to the site of the old Fourmile Ranch homestead near Fourmile Creek. You can see several foundations where many of the old ranch buildings once stood. The ranch served as the headquarters for a 1,500 acre cattle operation at its peak. It was purchased as part of a larger land swap in the 1970s and as a result, was turned back into National Forest.

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Waypoints

1. Start (0 mi)
The trail begins where FS 375C departs from the Fourmile Creek Trail (FS 375).

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Buena Vista

From the stoplight in Buena Vista head east on East Main Street and in two blocks turn left onto North Colorado Street. Continue north on Colorado Street as it becomes CR 371. Continue on CR 371, you will cross the Arkansas River and wind through a residential area before CR 371 transitions to dirt. Continue on 371 as the dirt road begins, soon you will see the Midland Train Tunnels, turn right onto FS 375 just before you get to the first tunnel. You will see the Fourmile Travel Management parking area on the left with a loading dock and kiosk. You must drive the first section of the Fourmile Creek Trail to access the Fourmile Ranch trail.

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Land Use Issues

This area is part of Pike-San Isabel National Forest, and as such is part of the 2011 Lawsuit where a coalition of conservation and recreation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they say is the illegal addition of 500 miles of motorized roads and trails. A settlement was reached in late 2015 that is requiring the U.S. Forest Service to re-evaluate the roads and create a new travel management plan. Over the next year, 30 roads will be partially or completely closed while this evaluation takes place over the next 5 years. It is imperative that the OHV community let's their voices be heard on this issue. If we do nothing, those 500 miles will be shutdown. Contact the local ranger districts and let them know why the area is important to you and the history you have there. Salida Forest Service District Office Leadville Forest Service District Office

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Marcus Trusty

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Marcus is a 3rd generation Buena Vista, Colorado native who grew up bouncing around the central Colorado mountains in the back of his dad's CJ5. During his younger years, Marcus grew to appreciate public lands and the recreation opportunities backroads and 4-wheel drive trails offer. Marcus has been wheeling for 20 years now and has wheeled in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and California. Until a few years ago Marcus had just been a participant in the wheeling community, but he has become much more active in preserving trails and working to make sure the wheeling community has their access maintained for future generations. Marcus helped to found Colorado Off Road Enterprise - CORE, based out of Buena Vista. CORE has worked with the Forest Service and BLM and has volunteer agreements in place with both organizations. CORE also has a Forest Service trail adoption agreement in place for Grizzly Lake, Pomeroy Lake, Hancock Lake, Hancock Pass, and Tincup Pass, Tomichi Pass, Williams Pass, Ptarmigan Lake, Mineral Basin, Clohesy Lake, Lost Canyon, Champion Mill, Iron Mike Mine, and Slide Lake. If Marcus is not working you can generally find him somewhere out on the trails around Buena Vista.
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