Buck Mesa #804


The Buck Mesa Trail #804 begins at the east end of Forest Service Road 783 and ends at Forest Service Road #704.4D, Springhouse Park Road. A combination of Forest Service Roads, BLM Roads, the Buck Creek Trail and the Thousand Acres Flats Trail make a loop route. When using an ATV, park on the north side of Old Hwy 133 and follow Coal Gulch Road through BLM and onto the national forest to the Buck Mesa Trail. The trail climbs up to and follows a rough ridge called “The Narrows” as it enters brushy country interspersed with open parks. It then enters an aspen forest continuing to climb until it reaches Forest Service Road 704.4D, Springhouse Park Road, in Springhouse Park. Domestic sheep are often seen along the trail. All motorized vehicles must travel only on the designated routes.

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At a Glance

Open Season: May
Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to hiking, horseback riding, mountain bikes, motorcycles, and OHVs less than 50 inches in width.
Closest Towns: Paonia, CO

General Information


From Paonia: Travel northeast for approximately 12.25 miles to the frontage road, Old Hwy 133, east of Somerset, CO. Turn left onto Old Hwy 133 and continue for approximately 2 miles to Coal Gulch Road. There is parking available on the north side of Old Hwy 133 and it is best to unload ATVs here. Follow Coal Gulch Road for 1.4 miles to a "Y", stay to the right to access the Buck Mesa Trail. Coal Gulch Road will become Forest Service Road 783 after about 1 mile at the forest boundary. Continue on FSR 783 for another 1.75 miles to the beginning of the trail.


T. 13 S; R. 90 W; Section 10. U.S.G.S. Map: Somerset. Elevation: 6,174 feet. Latitude: N38.93, Longitude: W-107.44.



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  Area/Length : 
4.5 miles

  Elevation : 
7,800 - 9,600 ft


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