Slaughterhouse Gulch  
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USGS 7.5' Map: Garfield, Fairview Peak, and Taylor Park
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR 764, FR 758.1B 5.8 9,720 to 10,890 ft. NA 1-2 hours
County: Gunnison
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Gunnison National Forest
Gunnison Ranger District
216 N. Colorado
Gunnison, CO 81230
Summary: Slaughterhouse Gulch, near Tincup, CO., is one of the ways into Union Park to the west of Tincup. It is an easy road through the forest crossing a saddle before dropping into Union Park.
Attractions: Access.
Natural - Closed by heavy snow
Best Time: June - Good, may have snow drifts closing road
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
Trail Heads
Camping: There are a few dispersed campsites along the road at the east end. Slaughterhouse crosses private property when you come into Union Park at it's west end.
Base Camp: This area would be a good place to base camp. There are many 4WD roads around Union Park, Tincp, and Taylor Park.
Fall Colors: Poor - There are few aspen trees and the road stays mostly in thick pine forest.
Navigation: From Tincup, CO. head south on County Rd 765. After 0.8 miles turn right onto FR 764, Slaughterhouse Gulch.

From Almont, CO. head southeast on County Rd 742 toward Endneiz Lane. After 22.9 miles take a slight right onto County Rd 55. Go 0.6 miles and turn right onto County Rd 752/FR 752. Go 2.7 miles. Continue onto Forest Service Rd 752 for 0.3 miles. Straight ahead is Forest Service Rd 764, Slaughterhouse Gulch.
History: In the spring of 1861 Fred and Carl Siegel and Fred Lottis were prospecting around Ohio and Pitkin. They followed Gold Creek out of Ohio to its headwaters and crossed over a saddle discovering Union Park. They followed Lottis Creek prospecting as they went. Some say that Fred Lottis was the man who used a tin cup to wash gold from the stream giving the region and the mining district its name.
Slaughterhouse Gulch is one of three ways into Union Park, west of Tincup. It follows Slaughterhouse Creek to its headwaters then crosses a low saddle before dropping into Union Park. The road is maintained at its eastern end. Within a mile the road becomes an easy two track through the pines. At the top of the saddle you will come to a gate. Leave it in the same condition you found it, open - open, closed - closed. From the gate the road drops quickly and is a bit loose. There are a few tight corners as you work your way through the trees. You will pass an old cabin with no roof that has become a collecting place for all kinds of stuff from ribbons to dream catchers. Past the cabin the road levels out and comes into the southeastern end of Union Park. From here Slaughterhouse Gulch 4WD road will connect with Union Park FR 752. Turn right onto Union Park FR 752 and it will take you to Taylor Park just southeast of Taylor Park Reservoir. Turn left to take Union Park FR 752 to an old cow camp at the head of Union Canyon.
Data updated November 11, 2012        4WD Road driven September 5, 2010        Copyright - 2000-2012