Independence - Independence Network  Extreme icon
USGS 7.5' Map: Phantom Canyon, Florence
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Extreme 10 6102B 1.1 6000 ft. Rocks - 3 3-4 hours
County: Fremont
Adopted by: Colorado Rock Hoppers 3405 N. Jon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(719) 359-1489
Managed by: Canon City District, BLM
Royal Gorge Field Office
3170 East Main St.
Canon City, CO 81212
Summary: Patriot is the first Extreme 4WD road developed at the Independence Network. This short section of 4WD road has a continuous stream of obstacles that make it one of the most difficult in Colorado. Patriot is for modified vehicles and skilled drivers. Minimum extraction fee is $350.
Attractions: Extreme rock crawling. Large obstacles, ledges, boulders and steep inclines.
Best Time: January - April - Nice days during late winter and early spring, cool temperatures.
May - September - Busier time. Hottest temperatures.
October - December - Nice days, if there is little to no snow.
Hiking -
Hiking is allowed in the Penrose OHV area.
Equestrian -
Equestrian use is allowed in the Penrose OHV area.
Mountain Bike -
Mountain Biking is allowed in the Penrose OHV area. No resource impact is allowed. Please stay on established trails.
ATV'ing is allowed in the Penrose OHV area. No resource impact is allowed. Please stay on established trails.
Motorcycle -
Motorcycling is allowed in the Penrose OHV area. No resource impact is allowed. Please stay on established trails.
Camping: Camping along the rim above the 4WD road network is allowed. Some fire rings are available.
Base Camp: The extreme 4WD roads of the Independence Network are the main attraction. Base Camping in the area also provides access to Phantom Canyon and Four Mile Canyon Scenic Byways.
Fall Colors: Poor - Patriot is located in a shrub juniper forest.
Snowshoeing -
Cross Country Skiing-
Snowmobile -
Navigation: Independence 4WD Road is in the Penrose OHV Area located northwest of Penrose, Colorado. Take Highway 115 from Colorado Springs, or US 50 from Pueblo to Penrose. Heading north out of Penrose on Highway 115, take Fremont County 123 west. Turn north on Fremont County 127, the second right. Follow Fremont County 127 past the Brush Hollow turn off until you enter the juniper forest on a low hill. Look for the Independence 4WD Road Network sign.
History: The Independence Extreme 4WD Road Network was developed through the joint efforts of the Colorado Rock Hoppers 4WD Club, and other member clubs of the Colorado Association of 4WD Clubs, and the Royal Gorge Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management in 1998.

The Penrose OHV system is in a BLM Open OHV Area within the Penrose Chaining Area. The Penrose Chaining area is still uses for grazing. A Chaining Area is a section of land that is managed for grazing. To help promote the growth of grasses for forage, large tractors are driven over the land with a heavy chain connected between them. The chain uproots juniper trees and other shrubs promoting the growth of grasses.
The Independence 4WD road runs the upper part of Brush Hollow Creek starting from the middle of the Patriot 4WD road. It is a longer road to drive that follows the bottom of Brush Hollow Creek instead of climbing up the challenges of the Patriot road to exit the Independence Network.

The Independence road has some steps to climb and tight areas to navigate in order to reach the exit point and connect with the roads on the rim of Brush Hollow Creek gulch.
Data updated: December 11, 2013       4WD Road Reviewed: April 28, 2001       Copyright 4X4Explore - 2000-2014