Bassam Park

Johnson Village, Colorado (Chaffee County)

Last Updated: 06/03/2021
3.7 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 1-2
( EASY )
Length: 8.14 miles
Highest Elevation: 9655 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Johnson Village
Nearest Town w/ Services: Johnson Village
Official Road Name: 187
Management Agency: San Isabel National Forest
District: Salida Ranger District


Highlight: Bassam Park
Bassam Park Road, FS Road 187, is located within the San Isabel National Forest approximately ten miles east of Johnson Village. This area of the National Forest, commonly referred to as “Fourmile”, contains hundreds of roads and spurs which provide a broad spectrum of outdoor recreational opportunities. Bassam Park is noted for its high buttes and volcanic stone towers, spring-fed creeks, and numerous beaver dam ponds. It is popular among OHV users, mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians. The area includes maintained dirt roads suitable for stock vehicles (it is not uncommon to see ordinary passenger sedans and minivans on some trails) in addition to more difficult 4WD roads. Accessibility, a great variety of outdoor activities, and expansive views of the Collegiate Peaks and Arkansas River Basin are the greatest attractions in this area.


Route Information

Advanced Rating System

Recommended Vehicle:
2WD Vehicle with High Clearance
It's a dirt and gravel road the whole way.

Technical Rating

Dirt and/or rocky road. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 5" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 5" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 6" inches. Good tire placement likely. Can be steep, but with good traction.
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Bassam Park, FS Road 187, is a maintained dirt and gravel road that provides access to numerous other roads in the Fourmile area. The road is wide enough for two vehicles to pass in opposite directions. It has a narrow shoulder in some areas, but most places are suitable for pulling aside and parking briefly. Drainage culverts are cut into both shoulders in most areas to facilitate run-off and prevent erosion. Bassam Park Road has only a few blind curves or hill crests that restrict a driver’s view. The most significant ascent is when traveling south approaching FS Road 185, Alpine Ridge. Caution is suggested on blind curves, ascents, and descents because the road is shared among cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, bicycles, and hikers.


1. Start FS Road 187 (0 mi)
Turn left off of Chaffee County Road 307. The start of Bassam Park Road/FS Road 187 is clearly marked.
2. Intersection FS Road 300 Bald Mountain Gulch (1.5 mi)
Continue straight at the intersection.
3. Intersection FS Road 188 Castle Rock Gulch (2.8 mi)
Continue straight past the intersection.
4. Intersection FS 185 Road Aspen Ridge (4.5 mi)
Proceed straight past the intersection.
5. End FS Road 187 (8 mi)
Arrive at the cattle guard and sign indicating "Enter Park County". This is the end of Bassam Park Road/FS Road 187. Black Dumps Road/FS Road 186 is to your right. Across the cattle guard and county boundary the road becomes Park County Road 86. Forward 100 yards and to the left is the southern trailhead of Castle Rock Gulch Road/FS Road 188.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Hartsel

4WD roads in this area are accessed from Highway 24 via Chaffee County Road 307 which is approximately nine miles east of Johnson Village and six miles south of Antero Junction. Look for the blue CR 307 sign on the south side of Highway 24. The Bassam Park Road (FS Road 187) trailhead is approximately one mile from Highway 24. The trailhead is well marked.


Camping is not recommended along this particular road due to the volume of through-traffic. However, since it is a connector road to numerous other trails (Aspen Ridge, Black Dumps, Castle Rock Gulch, Bald Mountain Gulch, and Bald Mountain Loop) there are many dispersed sites nearby for camping. Camping is permitted within the San Isabel National Forest at undeveloped sites along the roads and trails. Users should be aware that there are several private properties within the area adjacent to public lands. The private properties are usually, but not always, fenced and signed as private.
Camping: Bassam Park

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Writer Information

Tracy Barker

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tracy is an outdoor enthusiast originally from north Alabama. His family moved to central Utah when Tracy was a child, and subsequently to southern Utah, where he fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. His favorite activities are family trail rides and camping with small groups. He started many years ago in his dad's F-150 pickup truck, and subsequently his own 4x4 acquisition, a 1975 Ford Bronco (in 1991).
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