Penrose Commons - 2/2/17 version
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Penrose Commons is a BLM-managed OHV area that has dirt roads, ATV trails, and one extreme jeep trail. The area is north of Penrose. The area is often rideable in winter because it doesn't get much snow, and the snow it does get usually melts quickly. Summer temperatures in this area can be uncomfortably high, so I don't recommend it - go west to the mountains instead.
The motorized routes are easy dirt roads and ATV trails. Several ATV trails are 'ledgy'. There are a little over 30 miles to ride, so all the routes can usually be ridden in half a day.
Nearby riding areas include Red Canyon Park, Garden Park, Oil Well Flat, the Gulches Area, and Seep Springs.
The map clip on the right ---> shows the main entry at the red triangle bottom center. Click the map to see a larger jpg version showing the entire area (print for reference).
Click Penrose Commons and then "Designated Roads and Trails Map" on the lower right to get a pdf map of the area.
Click Recreation to see a list of BLM areas.
Click BLM Seasonal Closures page (NEW) to see the Royal Gorge Field Office Wet Weather Gate Status.
DIRECTIONS: From US Hwy 50 turn north on CO Hwy 115 at Penrose, drive 2.3 miles; turn west (left if coming from the south) on 3rd Street (CR 123, look for Brush Hollow Reservoir sign), and drive for 0.3 miles; turn north (right) on E Street (CR 127), and drive 3 miles to the parking area with an informational kiosk and restroom.
YouTube video - Riding Penrose ATV Trails on 12/27/13 riding a Honda CRF230F.
See Dual Sport Riding in Central Colorado for information about other areas and rides.
February 3, 2010
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