Mount Antero


The peak was named for Chief Antero of the Uintah band of Ute tribe. Mount Antero boasts the highest gem fields in North America. Many unpatented mining claims are scattered over the peak. Rockhounding on these unpatented claims is illegal and considered "claim jumping." It is your responsibility to know if you are on a claim!!

The road to Mount Antero is rock, rough and requires four-wheel drive. Information brochures and trail maps are posted at various locations along the road.

The road is closed by heavy snow until June and sometimes even July.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Vehicles must stay on the designated roads on Mt. Antero to prevent damage to the delicate alpine tundra.
Closest Towns: Buena Vista, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Salida Ranger District

General Information


From Buena Vista, travel south on Highway 285 for 7 miles to County Road 162. Turn west at Nathrop on CR 162 and travel west for 12.5 miles to the Baldwin Gulch/Mount Antero trailhead. Parking for this trailhead is located along CR 162 just west of Alpine.


Parking at the Mount Antero trailhead is located along County Road 162.



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OHV Riding & Camping

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OHV Road Riding

Mount Antero is one of just a few "14er's" (peaks over fourteen thousand feet in elevation) that has a road that travel within a short distance of the summit.  The road up the mountain is rough and rocky and requires four-wheel drive. The road winds up and along the south face of the peak for six miles, ending just short of the summit.

Informational brochures and kiosks have been placed at locations along the road by the High Rocky Riders Off Road Club who work in partnership with the Salida Ranger District to promote and educate off-road and OHV enthusiasts.

General Info:

Permits & Regulations

Special use permits are required for all commercial activities including outfitting and guiding. Please contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591 for more information.

Safety Information

Be prepare for afternoon thunderstorms on this peak. Lightning is a common occurance so be prepared to move to lower ground if storms and lightning threaten.

The road to Mt. Antero is a narrow shelf road with few turnarounds.

Seasonal Information

This road is closed by snow from November through June.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: More to Most Difficult

Rocks & Minerals

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