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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BobD and I rode at Penrose today for the first time ever. It was 45+ degrees and overcast when we started and cooled off a bit later. There was very little snow in the darkest gulleys.

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The parking area is quite large, and there is a 2-holer concrete toilet vault.

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BobD checking the map, which we did often because it was our first ride in the area. There are many routes, but I think one could ride here without a map. The mountains to the southwest provide a visual reference and can be seen from almost everywhere (except in the gulleys).

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View of Beaver Cr to the east of the area.

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Typical view.

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One of the few technical hills.

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BobD comes down cautiously.

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Didn't miss a beat.

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Hey, wait for me!

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Old fart.

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The roads and trails are well marked.

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Rocky creek bed.

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Independence Trail is an extreme jeep trail; we didn't ride it, just had a look.

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South entry - looks pretty rad to me.

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Further down.

 

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It's not as steep as it looks. Yeah, right.

 


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