The longest, and arguably the most difficult and most scenic of the 4x4 roads in the Texas Creek OHV Area, BLM Road 6040 is the reason to visit this area. Over eight miles in length, this road traverses forest and meadow gaining nearly 3,000 feet in elevation.
From the shoulder of Table Mountain, expansive views to the southwest feature the magnificent Sangre de Cristo mountains.
Decent out and back trial. Wife and I hadn't been before so and we didn't have all day, so we stuck to #6040. Got as far as waypoint 10 and felt we would not be able to get much further due to snow in our Grand Cherokee. Quite a few side by sides running the trails. 5 stars for the views once you get some elevation. I feel most stock 4x4s could handle the obstacles that we seen and we give it a moderate rating like the description.
October must be the "off-season" for ATVs because I saw zero on BLM Road 6040, 6040A, B, and C. I arrived Saturday late afternoon and drove up 6040 to 6055 and set up camp just before dark. Sunday morning, I proceeded to the top of 6040 and had the whole mountain to myself. I don't like to drive far beyond 6040C because the road gets too narrow (near WP 13) and the constant scraping of scrub oak on the truck drives me crazy (not that I'm concerned about the paint, mind you! LOL). BLM Road 6040 and 6040A are my favorites in the Texas Creek area.
Our review is more about trail use at Texas Creek than the trails or views themselves. If you are a wheeler, it is important to know ahead of time that this is a designated OHV area. Take this to mean that there are numerous, large parking lots called "dispersed camping" near the entrance. There is also an ATV/UTV rental concession right at the entrance, so many inexperienced riders swarm the trail system every day. During our stay, we encountered countless ATV's and UTV's traveling at full-throttle around blind curves. The dust, noise and chaos created by them continued until well after dark and had a tremendous impact on our experience. Plan to arrive early enough to travel well out of ear-shot of the RVers running their generators day and night and be very careful around blind curves!
I visited Texas Creek with the Colorado Land Cruisers (Colorado Springs) on April 20th. I had not been 'wheeling in this area for at least three years, and I'm happy to say that it has not changed. The roads are in good condition, and I'm glad to see that there was very little trash/litter in the area which means people are being conscientious and taking care of their public lands.
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).