Oil Well Flats
Oil Well Flats
Oil Well Flats

Perfect Winter Riding!

The trails at Oil Well Flats wind through a stunning, rough-and-tumble slice of high-desert breaks about 6.5 miles north of Cañon City in a Bureau of Land Management recreation area. Visitors are rewarded with vistas dominated by the Sangre de Cristo range to the south and pine-covered slopes and mesas all around – offering equal incentive for hikers and horseback riders, who are also welcome.

Experienced mountain bikers will be well-equipped for the relentless rock-hopping on twisting, moderately technical singletrack. Beginners will be sorely tested – even as they’re awestruck by the scenery, which features a striking 200-foot cliff of pitted slickrock, a jog through a shaded patch of woods and an old burn area that’s been transformed into an idyllic, rolling prairie.” – gazette.com

Location Details

ELEVATION:  6,000 feet – 6,600 feet
LOCATION:  6.5 miles north of Cañon City
ALLOWED USES: Hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
MILES OF TRAIL: 13 miles
TYPES OF TRAIL: Two-track roads, 8 miles of singletrack
SEASON: October-May (this area is closed to motorized vehicles during wet weather conditions)
FACILITIES: parking, informational kiosk
CAMPING: Dispersed camping is allowed throughout this area. Please camp only in existing sites and do not create new sites or fire rings. Contact the BLM office for information on current fire bans and please follow all fire restrictions.

DIRECTIONS From U.S. Hwy 50 in Cañon City, you can turn north onto Dozier Street (at Wal-Mart) or head North on Raynolds.  Travel north on either road as both will curve to the left and intersect Field Avenue.  Turn north (right) on Field and travel on this two-lane road for about five miles. It will join Fremont County Road 9 (also called Red Canyon Road) at a “Y” intersection.  From here, continue north for 3.5 miles to BLM road #5940 which will be on your right. Head up the steep grade to the parking area on your right.

Chris Sgaraglino

Over the past 35 years of my adult life, I have gained a very diverse portfolio of adventures from which I have been blessed to be a participant. This wealth of experience and knowledge has defined my character, my morals and values and my healthy respect for people and the great outdoors. It is a true definition of an Outdoorsman!

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