Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail

Canon City

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Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail

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  • Huge cacti live here, so watch your tires.- Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail
  • Some nice rock features at Oil Well Flats.- Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail
  • The terrain almost looks like Fruita.- Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail
  • The sun bakes the open ground here.- Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail
  • Some fantastic features to jump.- Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail
  • Great views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.- Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail
  • Epic views from Island in the Sky.- Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail
  • Riding the Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trails.- Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail
  • One side of the trail features a 200-foot cliff that overlooks Canon City.- Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail
  • The view of the trails below.- Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail
  • Riding the Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trails.- Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail
  • Riding the Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trails.- Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail
  • Giant rock monoliths live here.- Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail
  • An amazing place anytime of the year.- Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail
  • Stop at Royal Gorge Bridge if you have time to spare.- Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail
  • Jaw-dropping views from a side trail in Oil Well Flats- Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
A place to ride all winter long in the Front Range.
Cons: 
Sharp pin-sized needles are everywhere.
Region:
Northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
10.50 mi (16.90 km)
Terrain Difficulty: 
BLUE
Trailhead Elev.: 
6,005 ft (1,830 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
1,098 ft (335 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking, Biking
Trail type: 
Loop
Dogs allowed?: 
Yes

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Light snow (under 1 in.) in the morning and evening.
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Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
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If you're ever looking for break from the snow during the Colorado winter, the Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail System provides a fantastic getaway that seems almost like a Fruita in the Front Range. Located just an hour from Colorado Springs, this is a relatively new and still developing trail system. Since it is so new, be aware the trail routes and connectors might change frequently as this land is still being developed.

Even when the Front Range is buried in snow, this trail system can be dry, sandy, and sunny all winter long, providing an excellent getaway for winter singletrack riding. Most of the biking you'll find here combines excellent cross-country routes with challenging and technical obstacles. There are plenty of sandy features for you to lose traction on in the corners, lots of big sharp rocks that you need to negotiate or conquer both uphill and down, and a surprising number of thorns. So many, in fact, it’s suggested you run extra sealant in your tires or absolutely bring a tire patch or spare.

You'll be delighted by how much these trails seem like they belong on the western slope. Be sure to incorporate the Unconformity and Island in the Sky trails into your ride. This trail system is a welcome addition to biking in the southern parts of the Front Range.

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