Old Stage Road

Colorado Springs, Colorado (ElPaso County)

Last Updated: 03/21/2021
3.5 / 5 ( 13 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 7.1 miles
Highest Elevation: 9900 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Colorado Springs
Nearest Town w/ Services: Colorado Springs
Official Road Name: 368
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: Pikes Peak Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Old Stage Road
This is a connecting trail between Colorado Springs and Victor & Cripple Creek. It’s the access road to trails like Mt. Baldy, Bull Park, and some small off-shoots. For the most part it’s a scenic drive that ends at a nice valley view before turning into Gold Camp Road (South). This is a fun drive for anyone wanting to see a little of Colorado and a must-travel for those wanting to get to the trails and shooting spots in the area.

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Waypoints

1. Old Stage Trail Dirt Start (0 mi)
Old Stage Road is paved until the trailhead noted here. This is mostly private property to this point, the trail picks up at switchback when the dirt starts. This tight switchback with a gate is at a dry waterfall (unless it’s early spring). There’s some signage here and the park service will post any special notices here. At the gate are phone numbers for local resources, take a quick picture of these numbers in case you need them along the trails. This gate exists in case they are doing trail work or if inclement weather has made the trail impassable until they've plowed. It's very rarely closed, but if there's any doubt, you should call the Ranger before heading out. After the gate, you’ll travel for some time with a nice scenic view around virtually every corner. Some notable areas along the way: at 2.9 miles there’s a private road, stay to the left. If the gate is open here, it can fool you. You officially enter the Pike National Forest at the 3.4 miles and trail information is posted at the 3.8 miles.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.776741, -104.863713

Starting Point: Colorado Springs, CO

Interstate 25, take exit #140 Tejon Street/Nevada Avenue. Travel south on Nevada Avenue approximately one mile to Lake Avenue. Turn right on Lake Avenue, passing straight through two roundabouts, and arrive at the third round-about directly in front of the historic Broadmoor Hotel. Turn left onto Pourtales Road for approximately one-quarter mile, then right onto Mirada Road for one-half a mile. At the intersection with Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard, turn right and proceed across Penrose Boulevard (4-way stop). At this point, Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard becomes Old Stage Road and soon turns from pavement to dirt.

Camping

Not allowed

Land Use Issues

This area is part of Pike-San Isabel National Forest, and as such is part of the 2011 Lawsuit where a coalition of conservation and recreation groups were suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they say is an illegal addition of 500 miles of motorized roads and trails. A settlement was reached in late 2015 that is requiring the U.S. Forest Service to re-evaluate the roads and create a new travel management plan. 30 roads have been partially or completely closed while this evaluation takes place over the next few years. Those trails affected have been noted here at trailsoffroad.com. It is imperative that the OHV community makes their voices be heard on this issue. If we do nothing, those 500 miles will be shut down, some already have. Contact the local ranger districts and let them know why the area is important to you and the history you have there. Contact your Congressperson and Senator as well. They know how important the OHV community is to the economy of the state. Search of Ongoing Media Coverage

Trail Reviews (24)

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Trail was an easy dirt road. Speeding and large amounts of vehicle traffic have caused rutting and washboard sections. We saw other parts of the trail system being scraped so this part of the dirt road will probably be addressed as well. Still easily accessible and easy to complete in 2wd. Leads to many nice views, history, and off shoots. Well worth driving to connections or all the way up to Cripple Creek/ Victor area.
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Drove up to hike St. Peter's dome. This road gets worse and worse each year. There is now significant rutting just past waypoint 3. I'd say it's unlikely you'll be able to pass in a sedan with no clearance. Subarus and other suv's may find this rutting difficult, but not impassible. This road is very busy any time after 11AM. Be careful when taking the corners, many inexperienced drivers will take the corners to quick and will likely be on your side of the road. Other than the one area of rutting the rest of the road seemed in decent condition. It had been bladed at some point during the Spring.
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Trail is mostly dry and dusty. Did find some deeper washboards in areas that were pretty darn bouncy and had to slow down quite a bit. Road wasn't too crowded in the AM but the trip back in the afternoon was noticeably busier. Nice super easy trail for a Sunday drive.
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
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This trail is open, however, CAUTION. Colorado weather is unpredictable this time of year and there may be the occasional fresh snow fall or mud and melting snow. This trail is in an area of the state where snowfall levels have dropped for the season and the majority of the trails are dry, muddy and/or only have a small bit of snow on them. Again, please use caution if traveling on these trails until the dryer season.
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Status: Impassable
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This trail is at a high altitude within the state of Colorado and has no maintainence. As such, this trail should be considering impassable until spring.
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Status: Open
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Sara's review below sums it up. This road is all washboard and pretty populated. Drivers going super fast in some parts so just be aware there's plenty of space as youre coming around the blind turns. At the end of this road is where the views and road get much better, but you have to take this road to get there. This trail listing above is accurate 100%.
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Once you get past the outlook then this road can be fun and beautiful. There are so many tourists with little cars going up the road and people not knowing how to take the blind curves slow or how to drive in ice during the winter. Past the outlook and then taking the side trails where only your 4x4 can go, that’s when it gets fun
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Trail was in great shape throughout. Trail graders were out in full force cleaning things up. Had a blast.
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Easy drive with scenic views. Nothing special for your rig. Toyota corrolas welcome. Good access to some other areas for more serious rigs. Beautiful place to hike and explore.
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A foot of fresh snow. Had 7 jeeps on trail, and made great tracks for future users
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I enjoyed going to Old Stage Road for.off roading in the truck. Went with friends so that was fun and adventurous. Had a blast!
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Super easy to do and great views
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Partially Open
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Please be advised that work is being done on the road through the 8th: "In outdoor news, the dirt portion of Gold Camp Road, from pull out #7 just past Point Sublime to North Cheyenne Canyon Road, will be closed from 9pm Sunday, November 4th, to 5am on Thursday, November 8th for road maintenance. The closure includes the "4 corners" parking lot, which serves as a jumping off point for St Mary's Falls, 7 Bridges Trail, Jones Park, Mt Buckhorn and other popular hiking, cycling and running destinations."
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This was my first trail experience since buying my 99 4Runner last week. It was exactly as described, and exactly what I needed to get my first taste of what exploring Colorado is going to be like. The road was in fantastic condition throughout. TrailsOffRoad thank you for being awesome!
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We passed throug on our way up to go fishing. The trail was very dusty and bumpy the whole way up. Skidded a little around some corners. Brake marks are pretty bad right now. Other than that the trail is very easy and has great views.
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
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Trail is open all the was l way through with only a little snow. The dirt outs hard packed dirt and ice in some places. Some parts of the trail are very dry and the dust is a problem. The lack of snowfall this season is apparent on all of the trails.
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We ran Gold Camp and Old Stage from Cripple Creek today with the in-laws who wanted to be off pavement but not hard off-road travel. The drive was pretty the whole way through with the exception of an immense amount of shooting garbage. Sat dishes, seats, shot up trees... and thousands.... thousands of shells. There's been news coverage of the problem in this area. If gun owners don't start policing themselves, they may shut down shooting here at all. Pack out what you pack in, shells included. The trail was good and clear most of the way through with very little snow and icy spots. We made a it through the trail in a Chevy Traverse with no problems. Stay slow in corners. The main gate ruts noted at the beginning of the season have been filled in and the entrance from the Springs is easy again.
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Status: Open
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The road is open. A lot of wash boards. It was very windy. Not to busy.
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
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Wild day out to Baldy and Rosa. We got sun, rain, hail and then a downpour on the way down all while we dead towed a YJ that had lost the alternator back to the trailhead. The trail was in good shape for the most part. There is some rutting by the large rock wall. The county will need to do some work here.
Author: Official Crew
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We made our way the length of Gold Camp & Old Stage Road today on the way to map Bull Park. The road is fine all the way through, though there is some notable rutting at the main gate. It must be noted that while 4x4 groups continue to organize events to clean up these roads, they simply cannot keep up. Recently it appears that graffiti has become the new 'thing' along Old Stage & Gold Camp. If you see this behavior, please be safe but if you can, get plates, pictures or video and contact the Sheriff's office with your information for them to follow up on. These two trails are facing an unprecedented amount of damage in the last two years and every effort needs to be made to help stop it. It is posted in this are that fines for littering and shooting fines can reach $5000 and up to six months in jail.
Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Traveled Old Stage Road to access Gold Camp Road and then Saran Wrap and Eagle Rock. Surface conditions are good, and it appears that the USFS recently graded the road. Traffic was moderate. There were several groups picking up trash along the road and at places where shooters have littered the forest.
Author: Official Crew
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Old Stage is open all the way through. The shooting area had a tremendous amount of trash on it. Please pick up after shooting and always pack our more than you pack in.
Author: Official Crew
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Trail was open all the way through. Nearly all of the snow and ice from our previous trip is now gone.
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Not much snow and just a few icy spots. A nice day out with some scenery.

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Is the side road up towards Green Settlement open? If so, how rough is it?
–John West (06/22/2018)
–JD Marshall (06/22/2018)
Q: Can I run a side by side on this trail? I got a new Can Am Maverick X3 in January and want to break it in. Won’t be going crazy just varying throttle for ten miles.
–Steve MacGregor (02/13/2018)
–Ethan Beltramo (07/02/2018)
–JD Marshall (02/13/2018)

Writer Information

JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ had to be traded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.
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