Mount Antero Road is a 14.4 miles trail, located in Chaffee County, Colorado, USA, in the San Isabel National Forest, climbing up to Mount Antero, the eleventh highest peak in Colorado, at an elevation of 14,276 feet (4,351 m) above the sea level. The road to Mount Antero is rock, rough and requires four-wheel drive.
It is located in the central Sawatch Range in Chaffee County between the towns of Buena Vista and Salida. This area is rich in gemstones and semiprecious metals. It is a great place to look at and gather rocks, and make a lot of money if you're lucky. The mountain itself is prized for its gemstone deposits and has one of the highest concentrations of aquamarine in the country. This route has heavy mining and tourist traffic in fair weather during the summer months.
The pass is named for Chief Antero of the Uintah band of Utes. The trail itself is fairly easy until you get very close to the top. It is a little scary, however, as you are on very narrow shelf roads for most of the trip. There are many switchbacks and passing another vehicle is impossible in most places. The trail here is made of loose rock and some dirt areas.
The road is closed by heavy snow until June and sometimes even July, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Avalanches and heavy snowfalls can sometimes block some sections of the road and can be extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Conditions can change quickly and be harsh. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area.
Be careful and pay close attention. Always stay on marked trails as it is easy to get lost and meet the wildlife if you decide to wander. Due its climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and pass through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. To reach the summit, 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. Check weather forecasts before leaving home, and remember that it becomes cooler and often more prone to storms at higher elevations. Be prepared with jackets, water, and emergency kit in your car.