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Off-Highway Vehicles


Off-Highway Vehicles

The Royal Gorge Field Office manages approximately 300 miles of designated routes for motorized vehicles including several trail systems, rock crawling trails, and a designated motorcycle trials area.
ATV Riding at Penrose Commons

Rock crawling on Independce Trail






Penrose Commons- Penrose Commons, located West of Penrose, off of Hwy 115, is 3,100 acres of public land that offers a variety of loops to explore the area’s rocky canyons including extreme rock crawling trails. There is a large parking area for trailer parking with a bathroom facility. The area closes to motorized travel under wet conditions. An access gate from the parking area is always open to the public for horseback riding and hiking. The entire area is closed to target shooting.


Texas Creek- Approximately 20 miles west of Canon City and off of Hwy 50 along the Arkansas River, this area offers 50 miles of roads and trails to explore with outstanding views of the Arkansas River Valley and the Sangre De Christo mountains and is a great destination when the high country is still snowed in.

Motorcycle riding at Texas Creek







Seep Springs – Just 9 miles north of Canon City this area’s roads and trails explore unique rock formations mixed with Ponderosa Pines.


Fourmile – Outside of Buena Vista this area is jointly managed with the U.S. Forest Service, and Friends of Fourmile. The Fourmile area is home to Carnage Canyon and Chinaman’s Gulch, two popular rock crawling trails. These trails have been adopted by the Ute Pass Iron Goats. Please contact them for more information on Carnage Canyon and Chinaman’s Gulch trail details.


Turkey Rock Trials Area – Turkey Rock Trials Area located just outside of Howard and off of Highway 50. It is one of the few areas open to trials motorcycle riding. 


General Information 

If you plan on exploring these areas please be sure to follow these guidelines to keep OHV opportunities available in the future.

Arkansas River Travel Management Plan Maps