Mountain bikers, hikers, and horseback riders prepare to be blown away by Oil Well Flats, a Fruita-like trail system that’s just an hour’s drive from Colorado Springs.
In this recreational trail system, located 6.5 miles north of Cañon City, 13 miles of trails interconnect, allowing for a whole day of adventure. Riders and hikers delight in spectacular views of the Royal Gorge, the Arkansas River, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. Deep within the trail system, other scenic features include a 200-foot cliff of pitted slickrock, a shaded patch of woods, and an old burn area that’s been transformed into a rolling prairie.
Oil Well Flats was established in 2013 in an effort to attract state and nation-wide bikers seeking a convenient alternative to Fruita and to showcase Cañon City’s other recreational areas, like Section 13 and Shelf Road. With excellent cross-county routes, challenging and technical obstacles, and singletrack that careens through stunning canyons, this popular biking area has done just that. Today, Oil Well Flats is consistently rated as one of the best biking areas in Colorado.
With varying degrees of difficulty, there are trails for the novice and experienced rider. And because Cañon City sits in the middle of a banana belt—an area that experiences warmer weather than the rest of the region as a whole—biking here is a year-round activity.
Popular trails in the Oil Well Flats trail system include Uncomformity and Island in the Sky. Check out our Oil Well Flats Trail Map to ride these trails and more.
Before riding trails, please check trail conditions at www.joinFAR.org/trails. Please observe right-of-way etiquette and yield to hikers and equestrian riders. Help keep the Royal Gorge Region trails beautiful by observing all stewardship principles, including packing out any waste or trash, staying on the trail, and avoiding all wildlife. Give back to local trails by visiting local businesses who participate in the ‘1% for Trails’ program – see http://www.joinfar.org/1-for-trails.html for more information.