Fourmile Travel Management Area

Area Status: Open

The Fourmile Travel Management Area is located in northern Chaffee County and consists of 100,000 acres of Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. The area offers an incredible variety of recreational activities from ATV and motorcycle riding to hiking, biking, rock climbing and horseback riding.

View a brochure and map of the Fourmile area (.pdf).

Visit Friends of Fourmile for more recreation information:

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Seasonal gates are closed December 1st and opened April 30th. (See map)
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Please follow all dispersed camping rules & guidelines.
Closest Towns: Buena Vista, CO
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilets at various Developed Sites
Information Center: Salida Ranger District 719-539-3591

General Information


The Fourmile Travel Management Area can be accessed from many locations. From Buena Vista, you can access the area via County Road 371/375 and from the River Park Bridge on Main Street. Other access points are off of Highways 285/24 and include County roads 304, 305, 307, 308, 311 and 315. The southern portion of the Fourmile area can be accessed at County Road 301, 300 and 185 (Aspen Ridge north of Salida).


Mountain Biking

Dispersed Camping

Please follow all dispersed camping rules & guidelines.

Day Hiking

The Davis Meadow trail climbs north winding up the hillside through fir and aspen forests to a green, grassy meadow. Several historic cabins are located near the meadow, remnants of the Swede's Camp. Local lore says that a group of Swedish loggers built the cabin and lived in them while cutting timber for the Midland Railroad which traveled through the Fourmile area near Trout Creek Pass.

OHV Road Riding

There are nearly 200 miles of road and trails open in the Fourmile area for OHV enthusiasts. All Forest Service and BLM roads in the Fourmile area are open to ATV's and motorcycles. All OHV's must have valid Colorado OHV registrations.



OHV Trail Riding

The Fourmile Travel Management area offers ATV riders an opportunity to enjoy and experience over 18 miles of designated ATV-only trails. Many of the trails are loops and allow for day-long trips. ATV trails in the area include Trails #1414, 1415, 1423, 1424, 1434 and 1434A.

The Triad Ridge trail, #1425, is a single-track motorcycle trail. The northern portion of this trail should only be attempted by advanced riders.


XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Skiing and snowshoeing is permitted in the Fourmile area beyond the seasonal closure gates, but vehicles are prohibited beyond the gates.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities