Fourmile Travel Management Area


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 and horseback riding.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Gates accessing the Fourmile Travel Management area will be closed for the winter beginning December 1st of each year.
Usage: Medium
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Salida Ranger District

General Information


The Fourmile Travel Management Area can be access from a variety of locations. From Buena Vista, CO, you can access the are via County Road 371/375 and the Barbara Whipple Trail located on the east side of Main Street. Other access points are off of Hwys 285/24 include County roads 304, 305, 307, 308, 311 and 315. The southern portion of the Fourmile are can be accessed at County Road 301, 300 and 185 (Aspen Ridge north of Salida).


Parking is available throughout the Fourmile area. Please do not park in grassy areas or in locations that might result in damage to delicate soils and vegetation.

General Notes:

Information kiosks with detailed maps are located throughout the Fourmile Area. Friends of Fourmile, a local chapter of the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, provides volunteer support to local management agencies in the protection and conservation of the Fourmile area.

General Notes:

The Davis Meadow trail climbs north winding up the hillside through fir and aspen forests to the 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.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Dispersed Camping

Dispersed camping is permitted in the Fourmile area.

  • Camping is not permitted at trailheads. Camp in an existing dispersed campsite, do not create new roads or campsites. Use one way in and out to reduce disturbance of soil and vegetation. DO NOT CAUSE RESOURCE DAMAGE

  • Limit parking to bare and compacted areas. Keep motorized vehicles within one vehicle length from a designated system road or trail. Make no new tracks in campsites.

  • Camp 150 feet away from lakes, streams and trails. Dispose of wash water 100 feet away from any water source. Bury human waste in a hole 6 inches deep and 200 feet away from any water source, trail, or campsite. A portable toilet system is highly recommended Pack out toilet paper, tampons, and leftover food. LEAVE NO TRACE.  For more information on Leave No Trace guidelines, visit:

Do not damage live trees and plants by cutting them with axes or hatchets. Don’t dig up plants, leave wildflowers for others to enjoy – don’t pick them

  • Please stay on the trails. Cutting switchbacks and avoiding wet and muddy sections can cause severe erosion and multiple paths. Alpine tundra is very susceptible to damage. Walk on durable routes of rock or talus. In the spring, travel on snow and rocks, or plan your trip during drier conditions.

Be a responsible pet owner, dogs must be leashed (36 CFR 261.8 d) and cleanup after your pet!

  • Secure pack animals 200 feet away from lakes, streams, and trails. A picket line is less damaging to trees than direct tying. Move stock often when picketing to prevent resource damage. You must follow Weed-Free forage guidelines for National Forests Grasslands in the Rocky Mountain Region.

 If you choose to have a campfire, consider the following:

  • Keep it small in size and limit it to evening and early morning hours when the heat is most needed.

  • Build your fire in an existing fire ring that is at least 100 feet from water. Do not build new fire rings.

  • Avoid having fires above tree-line. Removing dead wood from Krummholz (dwarf trees near timberline) affects their survival.

  • Collection of dead and down wood for immediate campfire use is allowed except for posted sites.

Remember to put out your campfire DEAD-OUT!!

Pour water on the fire to drown ALL embers until hissing stops. Stir ashes with a shovel and scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers. Continue adding water and stirring until all material is cold to the touch.       

Status: Open
Best Season: Spring, Summer and fall


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OHV Riding & Camping

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Winter Sports

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