Fremont County has numerous opportunities for off-road enthusiasts. There are 3 dedicated off-roading areas, Penrose Commons, Seep Springs, and Texas Creek, with trails specified for various types of off-road vehicles. There are also miles and miles and miles of back roads to explore.
In addition, there are guided tour options, such as Jeep tours of the region or ATV tours.
FREMONT COUNTY OFF-ROADING AREAS
Per the BLM website:
The Texas Creek Recreation area is located west of Cañon City and is a popular high-use area for motorized recreation users. The area is often rideable year round because it doesn’t get much snow, and the snow it does get usually melts quickly. There are some mines and prospects to look at, and views from the higher hills reveal scenic views of the Sangre de Cristo Range. This area has around 45 miles of marked trails the range from easy 4×4 road to narrow and rocky ATV trails with sharp switchbacks. At lower elevations the trails wind through a mix of various scrub, juniper and pinon pine trees. As you continue to climb in elevation, the vegetation changes to mostly spruce, aspen, and Douglas- fir trees. Mule deer, bighorn sheep and elk can sometimes be seen in this area. For more information, please contact the Royal Gorge Field Office.
Click HERE for a trail map of the Texas Creek OHV area.
DIRECTIONS: From the west end of Cañon City, drive west on US Highway 50 for approximately 25 miles. Turn right at County Road 27, cross the bridge over the Arkansas River, and proceed approximately 1/2 mile to the staging area.
The Bank Loop
Click HERE to view a video account of driving The Bank Loop.
Per the BLM website:
Penrose Commons Recreation Area offers a warm, arid climate among pinon and juniper woodlands. The best time to visit is September through May when temperatures are comfortable and the snowy peaks of the Sangre De Cristo mountain range are visible in the distance. With 30 miles of motorized trail, the area is popular for ATVs, motorcycles and four wheeling. Independence Trail system is known for its extreme 4×4 rock crawling opportunities with easy access for spectators to enjoy the trail activity. Penrose Commons is also popular for horseback riding, hunting and dispersed camping. The area has a restroom, trail map information and ample parking space for trailers. A wet weather gate closes the area to motorized use during wet conditions. For more information, please contact the Royal Gorge Field Office.
Click HERE to view/download a trail map of Penrose Commons.
DIRECTIONS from the intersection of US-50 and SR-115:
1) Head north on SR-115 toward Penrose.Take US-50 west about 20 miles to exit for SR-115
2) Continue for 2.4 miles and turn left onto 3rd Street/CR-123.
3) Continue for .3 miles, then turn right (north) onto E Street/CR-127
4) Continue about 3 miles toward staging area.
The Hayden Pass off-road trail starts southwest of Coaldale, climbs to 10,676′ at the top of Hayden Pass, then descends to Villa Grove on the west side of the Sangre de Cristo range. The area was affected by the Hayden Pass Fire in July, 2016.
Directions: From the far west end of Cañon City, travel west on Highway 50 for 36.8 miles to Coaldale. Turn left at County Road 6. Proceed for 5 miles and look for the start of the Hayden Pass road on the left.
Per the BLM website:
Seep Springs Recreation Area is located near Cañon City offering fun and challenging trails combined with outstanding views. High points along the 16 miles of roads and trails give the visitor open ranchland views as they wind through pinon and juniper woodlands and ponderosa pine forests with sandstone rocks throughout the area. ATVs, motorcycle, four wheeler and horseback riding are common recreation activities for Seep Springs. The area has trail map information and ample parking space for trailers. Wet weather gates close the area to motorized use during wet conditions. For more information, please contact the Royal Gorge Field Office.
Click HERE to download a PDF map of the Seep Springs area.
DIRECTIONS: From Cañon City head west on U.S. Hwy 50 for approximately 3.5 miles, turn right onto Fremont County Rd 69. Travel north for approximately 8 miles. The trailhead will be on your right.