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Penrose Commons

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Penrose ATV Trails, Royal Gorge Field Office, Box Canyon, Beaver Creek, Independence Trail System

Last Known StatusOpen

This large area has over 30 miles of ATV trails that range from fast and smooth to twisty and narrow with loose chunk rock. There are several scenic bluffs that provide outstanding views of the surrounding mountains and rolling hills. All trails are marked, rated and form numerous loops.

There is a separate set of trails located near the main staging area that is designed for Jeeps and modified trucks that features large boulders and narrow rock gardens with a variety of elevation changes. This trail system is geared for the experienced driver and modified vehicle.

The entrance road is wide and rough, but the main staging area has plenty of parking space with several spots that are big rig friendly. The main staging area has an information kiosk with trail maps and a vault toilet.

Camping is permitted but there are no services, so bring your own water and supplies. Vegetation ranges from various juniper trees, scrub brush and prickly pear cactus.

There is no fee charged to camp or ride but off road vehicles must display a current Colorado OHV Sticker. The trails are open year-round but may close temporarily during poor weather conditions. Be sure to call first before heading out since the main entrance road is gated and may close on short notice.

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Permit RequiredYesColorado OHV Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoColorado Non-Resident OHV permit required.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)(1998/older limit 99 dB, 1998/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth OnlyRiders and passengers 17 and younger must wear a helmet.
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on designated trails
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size3,100 acres (5 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail30
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation5800 to 6200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis BLM land has no roads.None
ShadeThis BLM land has no shaded areas.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (S)Kwik Stop (719) 276-8465
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (S)Kwik Stop (719) 276-8465
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (W)Indian Springs Ranch & Campground (719) 372-3907
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (W)Indian Springs Ranch & Campground (719) 372-3907
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (W)Indian Springs Ranch & Campground (719) 372-3907
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (W)Indian Springs Ranch & Campground (719) 372-3907
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (S)Kwik Stop (719) 276-8465




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityPenrose, CO
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Pueblo, CO
1) Take US-50 West to exit for SR-115
2) Turn right (north) off the exit ramp, continue 2.4 miles
3) Turn left (west) onto 3rd Street/CR-123, continue .3 miles
4) Turn right (north) onto E Street/CR-127, continue about 3 miles toward staging area.


Contact InfoBLM - Royal Gorge Field Office
3028 East Main Street
Canon City, CO 81212
(719) 269-8500
CommentPress extension 2 for trail info.
Contact InfoColorado State Parks - Registration Unit
13787 South Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 791-1920


Penrose Commons Trail Photo

Penrose Commons Trail

Photo Submitted 1/19/2016 (Thanks!)

Penrose Commons Trail Photo

Scenic view of Yamaha Raptor parked on rocky hill.

Photo Submitted 4/12/2016 (Thanks!)

Penrose Commons Trail Photo

Yamaha Raptor ATV parked next to red van and travel trailer.

Photo Submitted 4/12/2016 (Thanks!)

Penrose Commons Trail Photo

Penrose Commons Trail

Photo Submitted 1/19/2016 (Thanks!)

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