The peak was named for Chief Antero of the Uintah band of Ute tribe. Mount Antero boasts the highest gem fields in North America and gem hunting is a popular activity for visitors. 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
Vehicles must stay on the designated roads on Mt. Antero to prevent damage to the delicate alpine tundra.
Buena Vista, CO
Salida Ranger District
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.
The standard route for climbing this peak is to hike the road that leaves from the trailhead on County Road 162. For detailed route information visit the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative website at: www.coloradofourteeners.org
The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative works as a partner with US Forest Service throughout the state of Colorado to protect and preserve the unique character of these special peaks.
Intermediate to Difficult
OHV Riding & Camping
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.
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.
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.
This road is closed by snow from November through June.
More to Most Difficult
Rocks & Minerals
The Prospectors TV show has created much interest in Mt. Antero, unfortunately, almost of Mt. Antero and Mt. White have already been claimed. To contact claim owners for permission to dig, you will have to do some research to find their contact information. Visit http://www.blm.gov/lr2000/index.htm and http://qpublic.net/co/chaffee/.
If you have more specific prospecting questions, you may contact the BLM office in Canon City. The phone number is (719) 269-8500.