Fremont County Road 27

Cotopaxi, Colorado (Fremont County)

Last Updated: 10/18/2020
4.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 3-3
Length: 6.37 miles
Highest Elevation: 7800 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Cotopaxi
Nearest Town w/ Services: Cotopaxi
Official Road Name: 27
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Royal Gorge Field Office
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Highlight: Fremont County Road 27
Fremont County Road 27 is an easy 4x4 road which takes you deep into the Texas Creek OHV area. It traverses semi-arid terrain and gains elevation through Juniper and Ponderosa forests. Surrounded by rugged mountains and rock formations, CR27 is popular among several public lands user groups--4x4, motorcycle, ATV/UTV, hikers, bikers, and equestrians.



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Route Information

Advanced Rating System

Recommended Vehicle:
Stock SUV with High Clearance and 4 Low
Steep and rocky switchbacks demand reduced speed, so 4LO is recommended to reduce strain on your vehicle.

Technical Rating

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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Fremont County Road 27 is a mixed surface road ranging from packed dirt to sandy gravel, to small (8" rocks). It is an out-and-back road that begins at Highway 50 and the Arkansas River, traveling north and gaining elevation, then downhill to Bull Gulch. CR27 includes no named obstacles but does have some washouts and ruts in the northern segment. CR27 is suitable for​ stock 4x4 vehicles and novice drivers.
There are lots of motorcycles and ATV/UTVs on this road.


1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Begin at Highway 50 adjacent to a blue commercial building (river rafting and cafe).
2. Texas Creek Kiosk (0.6 mi)
This is a parking/staging area and includes an information kiosk (with map) and vault toilets. No potable water is available.
3. Designated Campsite (2.21 mi)
One of the ​numerous designated campsites within the Texas Creek OHV Area. Continue north in the wash.
4. Intersection 6040, Stay Right (2.29 mi)
Stay right to continue on County Road 27. There are suitable dispersed campsites 300 yards up BLM Road 6040 from this point.
5. Switchback (3.84 mi)
This is the first of several switchbacks as the road climbs and then descends over the mountain. This point was selected to show the type of washout hazards that are present on County Road 27.
6. Intersection T6027A (5.36 mi)
Continue straight beyond the intersection. T6027A is a restricted-use road, excludes 4x4 Jeeps/trucks/SUVs. This area features jagged rock formations and has numerous flat spots suitable for dispersed camping.
7. End at Designated Campsite (6.37 mi)
CR27 ends abruptly with these meadows where designated campsites have been established. Turn around and follow CR27 out the same way you came in.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.409860, -105.584520

Starting Point: Canon City, Colorado

Travel west on Highway 50 for approximately 15 miles; you'll see Colorado Highway 69 to the south and a blue commercial building (river rafting and cafe) on the north side. County Road 27 is immediately west of the building.


Dispersed camping is permitted within the Texas Creek OHV Area, and there are designated campsites, too. The better sites are north of the intersection with BLM Road 6040, where CR27 exits the sandy wash and begins to climb in elevation. Commercial campgrounds can be found along Highway 50 near Canon City and Salida, for those who desire amenities such as electricity, showers, etc.
Camping: Fremont County Road 27

Trail Reviews (2)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Excellent touring road when the ATV season slows down; my visit on Sunday encountered few. I saw one ATV parked near the summit, and a group of five ATVs near Bull Gulch. On the return, I saw one Jeep parked at the summit. The road is in good condition.
Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
I visited Texas Creek OHV Area on 20-21 April with a small group from Colorado Land Cruisers (Colorado Springs). We found the roads in good condition and very little trash/litter in the area. We encountered a few motorcycles and ATV/UTVs, but traffic seemed very light for a spring weekend. CR 27 is a fun road to explore, the scenery seems to get better the deeper you go into the mountains. The area around Bull Gulch is very inviting for camping, hiking, and even some rock climbing/bouldering.

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Writer Information

Tracy Barker

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tracy is an outdoor enthusiast originally from north Alabama. His family moved to central Utah when Tracy was a child, and subsequently to southern Utah, where he fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. His favorite activities are family trail rides and camping with small groups. He started many years ago in his dad's F-150 pickup truck, and subsequently his own 4x4 acquisition, a 1975 Ford Bronco (in 1991).
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