Texas Creek - 11/25/11 version

Texas Creek is a BLM-managed OHV area that has dirt roads, ATV trails, and one single-track trail. The area is about midway between Salida and Canon City, on Highway 50 about 7 miles east of Cotopaxi. There are signs on the highway. The area is often rideable in winter because it doesn't get much snow, and the snow it does get usually melts quickly. The total riding mileage is not much over 50 miles, so all the routes can usually be ridden in a day. There are some mines and prospects to look at, and views from the higher hills are very good. You can see most of the Sangre de Cristo Range.

Sometimes, BLM brochures that include a map are available at the parking area in a pocket on the post on the right side as you enter the parking lot. Also, check the cafe on Highway 50 at the turnoff. Here's a PDF file (about 1mb) of the brochure/map:
Texas Cr Brochure

 

Here are some places you can call and ask a live person about the weather:
Barry's Den Cafe, Texas Cr   719-275-3275
ATV Play Dirty rentals, Texas Cr  719-269-3733
Cotopaxi Store, Cotopaxi  719-942-4151
Copper Gulch Store (about 10 miles south of Texas Cr)  719-942-4243

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Texas Cr Area  click to supersize

See Dual Sport Riding in Central Colorado for information about other areas and rides.

Friday, November 25, 2011

From the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office Recreation web page:

The Texas Creek Recreation area is located 20 miles west of Canon City, just north of U.S. Highway 50. It is a popular high-use area for motorized recreation users. This area is managed under the 2008 Arkansas River Travel Management Plan. The Royal Gorge Field Office made a commitment in the plan to work with motorized trail users in the Texas Creek area to re-route unsustainable trails and identify reasonable trails to accommodate their recreation needs while protecting valued resources. In late winter 2011, two re-routed trails were opened; a half-mile spur off of trail T6035A that leads to a scenic overlook and a 4.5-mile trail that tiers off the northern-most point of trail T6035A ending at BLM Road 6040 (Texas Creek Gulch Road).


January 5, 2010

I rode at Texas Cr today, first ride of the new year. It was 55 degrees by late afternoon. Only the lower trails were snow-free; everything up high was snowy and icy. The weekend looks like it will be very warm and I think the snow on Wed will pass Texas Cr by.

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December 20, 2009
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Don't let the picture fool you; although it was sunny and warmish (48), the area is really not open. The lower areas are dry, but the riding gets muddier and snowier the higher you go, and eventually snow and ice are too much. I rode 10 miles of the lowest areas. Better wait for warmer days.


January 18, 2009

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I rode at Texas Cr today. Got a nasty flat in the main arroyo while riding my CRF230F - hit a rock and tore a chunk out of the front tire. Limped back to my van and switched to my TE610 and did a little exploring south on SH69 - lottsa snow down that way.

Afterwards, I met some riders from the front range who had ridden quite a bit of the OHV area, despite the snow. They kindly allowed me to post some of their pictures below. They had FUN!

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February 27, 2008

I rode by myself today because all my riding buddies were busy: two went skiing, one went snomoing, one painted his house, and one had to cut a load of fire wood (wha?). It was very warm; mid 60s by the end of the ride. I'm wearing summer gear now. Despite the warm weather, there is still snow and ice. I rode 29 miles, about 1/4th of the area.

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The main wash had some snow and ice, but I managed to ride through without too much difficulty. Coming back down the main route; Texas Cr and Highway 50 in the distance

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Riding back down the main wash

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The cattle guard on the east side of Waterfall Loop at the top end of Reese Gulch.

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I had to turn back before reaching the rocks; too much ice.


February 13, 2008

The snowy and cold winter (so far) has left snow on the ground at TC a bit longer than usual. On our ride today we encountered mud and snow on every route we tried. The main sandy gulch was nice and tacky until we got to the snow and ice.

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Route parallel to main gulch

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Note the mud!

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Tucker Tr was dry and fun

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Reese Gulch was fun

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The first road NE of the parking lot was dry


Bull Gulch had the only snow      Mar 25, 2006

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ATV section - here comes the Canon City Crew

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The ATV section

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had patchy snow

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and some mud.

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The trail section

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had more snow

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but it wasn't bad at all.


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MikeJ on Bull Gulch Tr
2/24/06

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MikeJ pushin' that WR400
2/24/06

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1" of new snow in Bull Gulch
2/21/06


Feb 4, 2006

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Sad to say, but the cabin next to Sgt Nulph's grave site was burned by persons unknown.

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The grave site remains, but the jerks took the coins off the marker stone.


Jan 7, 2006

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WardM, Young Steven, SteveS
Colorado National Guard
Field Artillery Office
Bull Gulch, Nulph Site

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Frank M Nulph
Colorado
SGT 341 Field Artillery
World War I
July 27, 1896 - April 10, 1959


Apr 15, 2005 (Tax Day)

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JimI on Bull Gulch Tr


Mar 27, 2005 (Easter)

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Bull Gulch - melting rapidly

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ATVs on Table mtn

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Friendly ATVers

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Lonely pit area - there was me and a dog (by the pickup)!


Mar 19, 2005

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Bull Gulch

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Easy does it

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Snowy section

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Dudley on Snow Hill

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Another snowy hill

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Success - Table Mtn


Feb 26, 2005

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The pit area

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New CRF250X

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New CRF230F

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Hit it!


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KLX rider

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WRF rider

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Table Mtn View


Jan 22, 2005

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Table Mtn

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There's an ATV left and down from center

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JimC rails the turn

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JimM does likewise

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No hill too steep for the '05 KTM450


Dec 11, 2004

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Tom on CRF230F

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BrockM on CRF250X

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Mrs M

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Future RC

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New cattle guard


January 30, 2004 - We found snow in the dark canyons and on the north sides, but nothing that stopped us.

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Road to prospect

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An old prospector

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I believe it's gold

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Snowy canyon

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Keep those feet up!

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We coulda' used chains here

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It's dry on top

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There are lots of roads

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Hi

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Lookin for a dry patch

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We need to go over there

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Arkansas River is at the bottom


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