Attractions listed represent Fremont County and surrounding areas that are regularly open to visitors. Individuals may submit their favorite attractions. One-time events should be listed on the Events page.
The Nature Conservancy and Aiken Canyon, located 15 miles NE of Penrose along Hwy. 115, is one of the largest known, high quality foothills ecosystems along Colorado's Front Range. Historically and ecologically rich, Aiken Canyon is a valuable part of Colorado's natural heritage. Named after Charles Aiken, an ornithologist who first surveyed this site in the 1870's, Aiken Canyon includes diverse geologic formations, plant communities and provides habitat for a large number of animal species. This mixture of geology, ecology and history is unique to this area. The 1,621 acre preserve contains two globally rare plant communities: the Piñon pine, one-seeded juniper/Scribner needle grass woodland and the Gamble oak-mountain mahogany shrub land. More than 120 species of birds have been documented at the preserve. Aiken Canyon
The Arkansas Headwater is one of the nation's premier recreation areas. Stretching for 148 miles along the Arkansas River, the area offers abundant and outstanding opportunities for fish, white water rafting, kayaking, picnicking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and sightseeing among deep canyons, broad valleys, and towering mountain peaks. The cities and towns along the river -- Leadville, Buena Vista, Poncha Springs, Salida, Canon City, Florence, Penrose, and Pueblo -- offer fine dining, lodging, and plenty of western hospitality. www.coloradodirectory.com/maps/arhsoutharea.html
Beaver Creek State Wildlife Area
South Entrance: From Canon City, go 5 miles east on US 50 to Highway 67, then north (left) almost 2 miles to County Road 123, then 1/2 mile east (right) to County Road 132, and then 12 1/2 miles north (left) to the parking area.
North Entrance: From Victor, go 1/2 mile east on County Road 67 to County Road 86, then 1 mile south (right) to County Road 861, and then 6 1/2 miles east (left) on County Road 441 to Skaguay Reservoir. A trail below the dam leads into the SWA.
Bishop Castle is located near Beulah, Colorado. Jim Bishop is building it on a mountainside overlooking state highway 165, south of Canon City. From Colorado Springs travel south through Penrose and Florence. Continue south on state highway 67, turn west on state highway 96, continue to intersection with state highway 165. Continue south to Castle Site. Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery along the way. www.bishopcastle.info
Brush Hollow is located two miles west of Penrose on County Rd 123, then two miles north. There you will find fishing, boating (wakeless speed,) wildlife observation and picnic areas. No overnight camping allowed.
The park was dedicated on May 31, 1997, "honoring those who gave their time and some even their lives to protect our Country." The park is located at the Fremont County Airport. The wall memorial is constructed of 2,299 bricks with 1,316 veteran's names currently engraved. Col. Leo Sydney Boston War Memorial Park
Chris Overacker negotiating one of the steep ledges leading to the trails.
Just 30 miles southwest of Colorado Springs is one of Colorado's toughest hardcore rockcrawling trails. The Independence Trail system currently consists of three patriotically named trails; Freedom Trail, Liberty Trail and Patriot Trail.
How to Get There
The Independence Trail system is located near Penrose, Colorado. Penrose is on SR115. Just north of town SR115 curves to the east. Watch for the sign to Brush Hollow Reservoir and turn west onto 3rd Street. After two blocks, turn right, or north, on E. Street and follow it out into the country. After dropping into a small valley and starting the climb out, the road crosses a cattle guard marked with a stack of tires on both sides. This begins BLM land. The next left is the parking lot for the trail system. It would be difficult to miss the large metal sign marking the trail entrance. www.rockcrawler.com/trailreports/independence02/index.asp
Secluded in Piñon pine, cedar trees, and scrub oak, you will find superb camping, hiking, horseback riding (by appointment) and a swimming pool. Indian Springs Campground can accommodate 30 full hook-ups for RV's and 100 tent sites. Clean restroom and shower facilities are available. They are located north of Hwy. 50 by following Phantom Canyon Road (County RD 76) for 3 miles where you see the campground sign. Call (719) 372-3907 for more information. www.coloradodirectory.com/indianspringsranch
Lake Pueblo State Park
The Park offers swimming, boating, water skiing, biking, a campground, and both warm and cold water fishing. Campsites include fireplaces, tables, shade covers, and restrooms. Lake Pueblo State Park is located 25 miles east of Penrose off of Hwy 50. www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/lakepueblo
Cross the world's highest suspension bridge! Since its completion in 1929, the Royal Gorge Bridge has thrilled millions of visitors. Whether you walk, drive, or ride the trolley across the nearly quarter-mile span, you'll marvel at the dazzling view of the blue-green Arkansas River over a thousand feet below. The bridge is located nineteen miles west of Penrose off U.S. Highway 50. Fun for the entire family! www.royalgorgebridge.com
Royal Gorge Route Railroad
Historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad provides the best experience of the Royal Gorge! Since 1879 - Colorado's oldest scenic line combines Colorado history, excitement, excellent service and delicious food & entertainment. www.royalgorgeroute.com
Drive the historic travel routes connecting Cripple Creek and Victor mining districts to Florence, Canon City, and Florrissant. These routes were used by miners, ranchers, and railroads in days gone by. www.goldbeltbyway.com/