Penrose Commons Recreation Area offers a warm, arid climate among pinon and juniper woodlands. The best time to visit is September through May when temperatures are comfortable and the snowy peaks of the Sangre De Cristo mountain range are visible in the distance. With 30 miles of motorized trail, the area is popular for ATVs, motorcycles, and four wheeling.
Independence Trail system is known for its extreme 4×4 rock crawling opportunities with easy access for spectators to enjoy the trail activity. Penrose Commons is also popular for horseback riding, hunting, and dispersed camping. The area has a restroom, trail map information, and ample parking space for trailers. A wet weather gate closes the area to motorized use during wet conditions.