“great off road driving”
From Nevada Ave., South of Colorado Springs, go west on Lake Ave. towards the Broadmoor Hotel. Go right and circle behind the hotel until you get on El Pomar Road going south. When you reach Penrose Blvd. go to the left and continue south. Turn right and go uphill on Old Stage Coach Road. This is a seasonal route. While some portions of this route receive winter maintenance, much of it does not. Always check weather and road conditions prior to beginning travel. It is also a good idea to check with the US Forest Service or the BLM for Old Stage Coach Road. This road is patrolled by the US Forest Service. Old Stage Coach Road is a maintained, one and two lane sand road. There are steep cliffs, no guard rails, and washboard areas through out. It is suitable for all four and two wheel drive vehicles. It starts in Colorado Springs and ends at Shelf Road, which goes to either Victor Colorado, or Cripple Creek Colorado. There are no facilities on the actual road itself, so any food or drink that is wanted must be brought in with you. Old Stage Coach Road Winds around The Almagre Mountain, and is the 2nd highest peak on the Colorado Springs skyline, and is the only one other than Pikes that rises above treeline.Some people refer to Almagre as "Mount Baldy". In fact, Baldy is a sub-summit of Almagre. While the road is not difficult, and can be driven in a two wheel drive vehicle, it is the start for more difficult trails for hikers, atvs, and 4wd vehicles. The road has many pull offs, and parking areas for hikers and vehicles with atvs to park and unload, as well as photo opportunities. while we were there we drove down to the Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir, which can be seen from the road. While you cannot drive up to the bank of the reservoir, you can park and walk up to the bank. The lake is 83 acres and used for drinking water in Colorado Springs. For these reasons many special rules apply to this site. The lake shores are patrolled by Department of Wildlife employees and a resident caretaker regularly. Fishing is allowed with a fishing license. We did not go up to the lake but took the road going around it which is very rough in places with wash outs in the middle of the road. We found a pull off area, that had a creek running buy it from the lake for lunch. As always after lunch we took our trash out with us. Almost all of this road has a steep drop off on one side of the road or the other, and no guard rails. There are several areas of the road that were constructed by blasting through outcroppings of the mountian, which left high walls on either side of the road, and in one place a actual tunnel was constructed, which has massive wooden doors on either side which can be closed.
I'm not sure what everyone else does, but I think I misunderstood what this scenic drive was exactly. We were on Stagecoach Rd, then turned onto Gold Camp Rd and drove around Sugarloaf Mountain and Mt. Rosa and ended up in Victor. It was one of the most terrifying and magnificent thing I've ever done. I think once you get off Stagecoach Rd, it takes you into Pike's National Forest on a very raw and unmaintained mud road. But the views you get are just breathtaking. It took several hours and it's very very isolated, but 100% worth it. Just make sure you have an emergency plan (spare tires, rain poncho, maybe a flashlight or a flare or something, food, etc in case something does happen.) We had zero phone signal, and there was not a person to be seen, and we did it all in a Chevy Impala!!! We saw lots of wildlife (A real live turkey, some form of large wild cat, a couple of groundhogs), drove through a river, possibly caused a minor rock slide, and made friends with the mountain squirrels. Definitely nothing I'll ever forget!
I tried to access Old Stagecoach Road about a month ago and it was closed down. I'd imagine the closure was due to the flooding/excessive rain last Fall. Does anyone know if it's open now or any updates on it?
A beautiful drive. Not long, but worth the time. Enjoy!
Drove this today 8-30-2014, as beautiful as it is I can't wait to do it again after the trees start to turn.
It is called Old Stage Road.
This is actually a question not a review. I plan on doing this in the next week for a photography session because someone asked to go here specifically. I tend to like to go ahead and scout it out before the actual session however I work all next week and wanted to know if I would be able to complete it before dark if I started around 5:00 pm ? How long does it take to get to the top is what I am asking I guess? Anyone know? I will be going in a two wheel drive! THanks!!
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