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Vicksburg Historic Site

Elevation: 9,669 Feet (3014.0 Meters)
Handicapped Accessible: No
Number of Sites: 1
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 129 Buena Vista, Collegiate Peaks
Recommended Season: Summer

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General Description

Vicksburg served mainly as a mining camp for the numerous mines in the Clear Creek drainage area. Some of the most famous were the Swiss Boy Mine, Tasmania Mines, Banker Mine and Fortune Mine,
which mainly produced silver and copper ore. At one time Vicksburg claimed 250 residents, a school, post office, saloon, a blacksmith, two hotels and a boarding house. Despite all this, it did not remain
active for long. Today, a few buildings remain and are used as recreational residences during the summer. One cabin serves as a museum, which is maintained by the Clear Creek Historical Society.

Directions from Highway 24: Trailhead at Vicksburg approximately eight miles west of U.S. highway 24 on Forest Road #120, Clear Creek Road. Clear Creek is about 19 miles south of Leadville or 14 miles north of Buena Vista, Colorado. Forest Road #120 is graveled and sometimes rough but satisfactory for most vehicles.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through October (NOTE: Snow and mud may obstruct the trail during the Spring, Fall and Winter months.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON History Vicksburg Historic Site
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Vicksburg Historic Site
ICON Viewing Interpretive Signs Vicksburg Historic Site

Related Activities
Clear Creek Road - Clear Creek Road is passable by most two-wheel drive vehicles. Many recreation opportunities are accessible from this road including hiking, fishing, viewing scenery, touring historic sites, mountain biking and four-wheel driving.

Clear Creek General Forest Area - Clear Creek offers unique recreation opportunities and history. Clear Creek Reservoir has public fishing, boating and camping accesses.

Clohesy's Lake Four-Wheel Drive Road - This road is a fork from Clear Creek Road that leads to Clohesy's Lake with hiker access to Pear Lake. Clohesy's Lake Road is recommended for high clearance vehicles only as it is extremely rough.

Hope Pass Trail - Hope Pass is also the Colorado Trail that leads to Clear Creek Road. There is about 3,200 feet elevation gain up to 12,500 feet at the pass.

Missouri Gulch Trail - This area is extremely popular with climbers with access to Mt. Belford, Mt. Oxford and Missouri Mountain. To experience solitude, plan your trip for a week day.

Mt. Belford - Mount Belford reaches a height of 14,197' and is one of many fourteeners in the Sawatch Mountain Range west of Buena Vista.

Mt. Oxford - Mount Oxford reaches a height of 14,153' and is one of many fourteeners in the Sawatch Mountain Range west of Buena Vista. Many people climb Oxford and Belford in the same afternoon.

North Fork Clear Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road - The ride is a gradual, bumpy climb into an open alpine valley with meadows, willows, wildlife and wildflower viewing.

North Fork Clear Creek Trail - The North Fork Clear Creek jeep road continues as the North Fork Clear Creek trail beyond the wilderness boundary barrier.

Sheep Gulch Trail - Sheep Gulch Trail also harbors traffic of the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. Hope Pass offers extraordinary views of the Collegiate Peaks with exceptional views of Missouri Mountain, Mt. Belford, Mt. Oxford and Huron Peak.

Winfield Historic Site - Once a thriving silver and copper mining town, Winfield now claims it's fame as a Colorado ghost town. The schoolhouse, cemetery and church have been restored by volunteers.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Leadville Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 2015 North Poplar , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-0749, Fax: 719-486-0928


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