Old Stage Road

Colorado Springs, Colorado (ElPaso County)

Last Updated: 03/21/2021
3.7 / 5 ( 15 reviews )
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 6.99 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

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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Technical Rating

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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

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 (26)

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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