Gold Camp Road

Colorado Springs, Colorado (ElPaso County)

Last Updated: 04/26/2021
3.8 / 5 ( 12 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 19.6 miles
Highest Elevation: 9884 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Colorado Springs
Nearest Town w/ Services: Colorado Springs
Official Road Name: 370
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: Pikes Peak Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Gold Camp Road
This is a connecting trail between Colorado Springs and the Victor/Cripple Creek areas. It is a scenic drive and primary access road to trails like Mt. Baldy, Bull Park, and other small off-shoots. Scenery along the road includes views of the mountains of course, but also the valleys and rock formations along the way. This is a fun drive for anyone wanting to see a little of Colorado and a must-travel trail for those wanting to get to the popular trails and shooting spots in the area. If you’re going to be in Colorado Springs, make sure to check out Gold Camp & Old Stage Road!

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Waypoints

1. Gold Camp Road Trailhead (0 mi)
On top of the scenic overlook here of the St. Peter’s Dome area, there is a distinct rock formation as well and can make for a good meetup spot. There’s limited parking here. On the road itself, Old Stage Road ‘ends’ here and Gold Camp Road begins. Just stay to the left as you come off Old Stage Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.742330, -104.912900

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 round-abouts, 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. Follow the Old Stage Road Trail to get to Gold Camp from the east.

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)

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Great dirt trail with history. In my opinion the best way to get up to Victor and Cripple Creek areas. Forgo the asphalt and take this route to the top. easily done in 2wd. road like any other dirt road is affected by weather but is maintained well.
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
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This Gold Camp Road is completely open. The recent boulder falling occurred on the northern trail.
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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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Great drive to access more difficult trails, hiking, shooting spots, mountain biking, good views, or a backcountry way to get to Victor/Cripple Creek. The trail was clear of snow and ice, but during bad weather I can see this being tough for most vehicles. The trail description listed above is still completely accurate.
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This is really an access road with a few good trails running off of it. It's a long road that goes through and can be used for a weekend trip to Cripple Creek. The ruts on this road can make it like driving on ice. Airing down will give you back your traction. There are some moderate and difficult trails you can try in this area including: Mt Rosa, Mt. Baldy, Sara Wrap, and Eagle Rock. Lot's of area for shooting if that is your other outdoor hobby.
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Took Gold Camp Rd from Victor to Co. Springs. Super easy, no problems. Very beautiful views along a historic rail line. To reach Co. Springs take Old Stage Road which provides nice views of the city.
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Love this drive. It’s a nice little day trip. We usually take old stage- mt. Rosa (stop for lunch) - gold camp- phantom canyon. This is drive is amazing during the fall! For sure a must see
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Drove this trail yesterday and had a great time. The washboard was awful, but the scenery was nice. We hit a few side trails, but stayed away from the tough ones since we were in a rented jeep. Good views of Colorado Springs. A few of the open shooting areas are sad looking because of the remaining trash left after target practice. Still a nice overall trip.
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Easy road and done many time, but really slow going. Really torn up now as east section has lot of washed out sections and west of has many holes. Lots of traffic until St Peters Dome.
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Drove this same day as old stage. Easy drive with plenty to see and do. Access to further off road trails a plenty. Great area. Road is pretty rough but Toyota Corollas are welcome.
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Trail is open with some snow packed and icy areas. We made it all the way through with no issues. 4H was needed in icy areas just to keep the front end pulling in the right direction.
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Status: Open
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Trail is open with some packed snow in shaded areas. Nice Black Friday drive up to Victor.
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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Of course the one day I choose to be lazy and leave the tires aired up and the sway links on... The chatter bumps have become very plentiful. If you have anything that rattles on your vehicle you will know it intimately by the time you get to either side of this trail. Always a pretty drive.
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Very scenic road near Colorado Springs
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Trail is open all the way there was only a little snow. Some parts of the trail are very dry and the dust is a problem. The lack of snowfall this season is apparent in 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 a few snow and icy spots. We made a it through the trail in a Chevy Traverse with no problems. Stay slow in corners.

Author: Official Crew
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Public Service Announcement. In recent trips, we've noted the sharp increase in the garbage on the trail, mainly shooting garbage. When we first ran this trail after it's reopening from the flooding in 2013, it was pristine. Many of the areas in the video of this news report had no damage just two years ago and now look like a bomb went off. Please remember to stay the trail, pack out what you pack in and if you're a shooter. Please follow posted shooting rules and cleanup after your practice. http://www.koaa.com/story/36853156/target-shooting-mess-and-destruction-getting-worse-on-pike-national-forest
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Status: Open
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The road was open and there was not much traffic. All the Aspen leaves have fallen so fall color is over. It was very windy. Still a beautiful day. We traveled east to west. The road was heavily wash boarded on the east end. On the west end we met a pick up truck and then a rollback tow truck who both forgot that this is a narrow two lane road! We took a couple side trails which were fun but not difficult. Third photo is FSR 370I which runs off Gold Camp Rd.
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 we a lot of traffic on the trails today.
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. 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
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Status: Open
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Gold Camp is open all the way through. There was a lot of traffic on our way into the trail around noon.
Author: Official Crew
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Open all the way through. Nearly no ice or snow on the trail.
Author: Official Crew
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Not much snow and just a few icy spots. A nice day out with some scenery.

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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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