Bonanza Highlights

Total Miles
17.8

Elevation

3,709.35 ft

Duration

4 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Bonanza has a rich history of mining beginning in 1880 and lasting until the 1930s. Many structures still remain.Rich silver ore was discovered in the mountains north of Saguache and west of Villa Grove in 1880, and the town of Bonanza sprang up that fall. The name comes from the optimistically named Bonanza mine; one of the prospectors told his friends, "It's a Bonanza, boys!" and the name stuck. In 1880-81, 40,000 people passed through the area, including former president and Civil War general U. S. Grant in August of 1880, drawn by rumors that Bonanza was "the new Leadville".Most of the mines in the Bonanza area closed by the 1930s. The end of the town of Bonanza almost came in the fire of 1937, when 30 buildings in the business section burned. The town has never been rebuilt, and just a few old houses, mine structures, and piles of rock remain from the boom days. Today, Bonanza is the smallest incorporated town in Colorado with one permanent resident. There is a pit toilet and picnic tables (9) along the Bonanza Access Road.

Photos of Bonanza Highlights

Bonanza Highlights
Bonanza Highlights

Difficulty

Steep loose trail

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

James Long
May 26, 2024
Open
Normal
Blocked by snow toward summit coming from the west side. Plenty of offshoots and mines. Any direction had sizable drifts in the shady parts of the trail. Should be mended in a few weeks.
Richard Beebe
Jul 15, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Dusty
Muddy/Wet
M.m. Miles
Jun 17, 2023
2022 Ford Bronco
Obstructed
Deep Snow
Austen Reneau
May 27, 2023
SxS
Obstructed
Deep Snow

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