Seep Springs OHV Area- BLM Road 5830

Cañon City, Colorado (Fremont County)

Last Updated: 10/06/2019
5 /5 ( 4 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 2-3
Length: 5.4 miles
Highest Elevation: 6575 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Cañon City
Nearest Town w/ Services: Cañon City
Official Road Name: County Road F24/ BLM Road 5830
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Royal Gorge Field Office
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Highlight: Seep Springs OHV Area- BLM Road 5830
BLM Road 5830 is the main access for travelers to reach the vast network of trails within Seep Springs OHV Area. In its entirety Seep Springs OHV Area is a true off road jewel in Fremont County. This area offers many different pastimes from camping, to hiking, to even fossil hunting! This area is rich with fossil discoveries culminating in the nearby discovery of a complete Stegosaurus skeleton. Seep Springs OHV Area offers a vast network of established BLM roads and trails that are perfect for visitors to drive and explore or find that perfect little secluded camping spot while still keeping civilization within a short drive. The high desert nature of this area combined with the low levels of snowfall makes this area perfect for year round adventures.



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Route Information

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Recommended Vehicle:
Stock SUV with High Clearance and 4 Low
This trail is relatively flat with only small rocks. Easily traversed by an stock 4x4 with low range.

Technical Rating: 2-3

Typically, more rock or undulated road surface. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 12" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 12" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 24" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep.
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A great, easy/moderate route suitable for any stock, high clearance 4x4. The route can be traveled in either direction and offers access to a huge network of established BLM roads and trails that make up the Seep Springs OHV Area. The route is hard packed offering good traction in all conditions, A few ruts are present in low lying parts of the trail but otherwise there are no true obstacles along the way. This road is an excellent leg of an overland journey and can be linked with nearby trails to reach all the way to Colorado Springs with only minimal time spend on pavement.


1. Trailhead (0.00 mi)
The trailhead is found on the west side of Fremont County Road 9/ Red Canyon Road. It is easily spotted with the large overhanging sign stating "Red Canyon Park."
2. Dispersed Camping (1.00 mi)
A very nice free improved camping area is found at this point as well as a trailhead for hiking up into Red Canyon. Covered pavilions with picnic tables, modern pit toilets and steel fire rings are provided for visitors.
3. Scenic Waypoint/ Dispersed Camping (1.90 mi)
Additional free designated camping is found near a beautiful red sandstone formation. One covered pavilion is provided but there are no restrooms in this area. Stone fire rings are present.
4. Seasonal Closure Gate/ BLM Boundary (3.00 mi)
At this point a seasonal closure gate is found. This is the boundary of Red Canyon Park and the Seep Springs OHV area. The route is designated as BLM Road 5830 from this point on. The BLM will close this gate periodically during wet/muddy conditions to protect the trails. There are no set dates, closures are only dictated by weather conditions. The BLM Royal Gorge Field Office is an excellent resource for up to date trail conditions.
5. Right Turn/ Intersection with BLM Road 5830E (4.00 mi)
Bear right and continue west on BLM Road 5830. The route intersects with BLM Road 5830E.
6. Intersection with BLM Road 5830B (4.30 mi)
Continue straight at this point. BLM Road 5830B can be found heading south.
7. Stone House (5.00 mi)
At this point the remnants of a small stone structure can be found on the north side of the trail. Historical information on this building is difficult to find, however the hand laid stone and intricate brick work lend to the belief that this place was once very special.
8. End of Trail (5.40 mi)
The route ends at another BLM seasonal access gate at the intersection with Fremont County Road 69. Head south on County Road 69 to reach US Highway 50 and return to Canon City.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.579160, -105.235470

Starting Point: Canon City, CO

From the corner of US Highway 50 and North Raynolds Avenue in Canon City: Head north on North Raynolds Avenue for 0.7 miles. North Raynolds Avenue bears west and turns into Pear Street. Head west on Pear Street for an additional 0.1 miles. Turn north on to Field Avenue and continue 2.4 miles. Bear northeast on to Fremont County Road 9/Red Canyon Road and continue 7.0 miles. The Trailhead is on the west side of the road and is well marked.


The Red Canyon Park/ Seep Springs OHV Area offers many different options for camping. Free camping with covered concrete pavilions and modern pit toilets is offered inside Red Canyon Park at Waypoint #2. This area can be accessed by small campers and RV's in addition to tents. Waypoint #3 is still within Red Canyon Park and is a more remote camping area that does not offer restrooms but still provides one covered pavilion and is best suited for tent camping. Camping within Red Canyon Park has a 72 hour limit. Within the Seep Springs OHV Area there is a large number of free dispersed camping areas with stone fire rings that can support a group of vehicles. Lodging is available in Canon City.
Camping: Seep Springs OHV Area- BLM Road 5830

Trail Reviews (6)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The Seep Springs area is clear and dry. The air is a little hazy with the proximity to the wildfire outside of Salida.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Ran this trail as part of a scenic route from Colorado Springs to Canon City. ("Shelf Road" to "Seep Springs/BLM5830" to "Fremont County Road 69- Seep Springs OHV Connector") This trail, DRY, pushed the limits of what my Stock 2017 Subaru Outback can handle, especially fully loaded with 2 weeks of camping gear! My Outback has 7-8" of clearance with full after market skid plates, and if it were not for the skid plates, I am certain I would have a new oil pan on order. Up to way point 4, the trail is easy and we certainly were lulled into a false sense of thinking this was an "easy" trail. As soon as we went through the BLM gate, that all changed! The trail was a bit of a challenge for a stock vehicle but it was FUN! I was driving this time, so not many pics, only some dashcam footage. I would only recommend for a high clearance vehicle

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Covered this trail today in a lightly-modded rental JKU on vacation with the family. Beautiful views and just enough “trail” to introduce the kids to off-road in a fun way. Also mild enough that I didn’t feel like I was being abusive to the rental (or putting a deposit/insurance . Great trail for visitors looking for a diversion in the Cañon City/Royal Gorge area, and clearly there is a lot more to this network than we were able to fully explore. Thanks to I never would have found it on my own!

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Great trail to hit after Shelf Road heading south. Starting to get a little muddy and some packed snow in the shaded areas. Nice easy 4wd trail.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Went in the west side from Fremont County Road 69 and drove several BLM Roads in the area. Greg mapped two additional roads that will be added soon, 5830F and 5830G.

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Writer Information

Greg Stokes

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Greg Stokes Is a Colorado native, born and raised in Colorado Springs. He has been off-roading since childhood, his parents say his first trip was a Jeep run over Medano Pass when he was only 14 Months old. Greg has been at the wheel of everything from dirtbikes, ATV's, early Jeep CJ5's that he has restored, Wranglers, and presently explores in a 1997 80 Series Toyota Land Cruiser and a 2016 Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle. Greg is a proud Husband and Father of 3. His passion in the off road world is the vehicle-reliant world of Overlanding. He hopes to one day make it to Canada to Explore the Yukon and Northwest territories.
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