This is a trail system comprised of of 4 intense trails.

Total Miles


1833.2 ft


1 to 4 Hours

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Trail Overview

Independence, Freedom, Patriot and Liberty trails wind around each other through rugged canyons and winch points. If you have to stack rocks, you must remove them after use. There is camping available, but be prepared for very hot weather and rattlesnakes in the summer months. Bring your own firewood, pack out all trash, and please use existing fire rings.


Extremely difficult. Rock ledges and giant boulders 4 to 5 feet high. Expect roll-overs and vehicle damage. Lockers, roll cage and giant tires are a must. Scout trail first. Canyons are too difficult for ATVs and UTVs, but there are other trails to explore in the surrounding area.


The name 'Independence' came from the fact that construction of this trail system began on July 4th, a very hot time in this part of Colorado. With approval of the BLM, the canyons were made passable through the persistent efforts of Predator 4 Wheel Drive and the Rock Hoppers Four Wheel Drive Club, both of Colorado Springs. Work to clear the first trail, which opened in the spring of 1999, took about a year. Other trails followed in succession.

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Access Description

Just north of Penrose, between mile markers 16 and 17 on Highway 115, turn west on 3rd Street following signs to Brush Hollow Reservoir. At 0.2 mile, turn right on E Street (C.R. 127). Continue north about 3 miles. Don't turn for boat ramp or anywhere else. After weaving through trees, cross cattle guard at BLM gate. Turn left 0.1 mile after gate and proceed to metal sign at parking area. Park and camp on Road 6100.