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Oil Well Flats Trail is a 12.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Canon City, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and mountain biking and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 12.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,368 feet Route Type: Loop

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running
no shade
1 month ago

Decent trail for running with varying terrain. Plenty of ups and downs but lacking in shade.

hiking
1 month ago

Really fun hike. Varying terrain and views. Did the loop Absolutely love Island in the Sky. Saw 2 other hikers and a half dozen mountain bikers. Everyone was very kind. Was 13 miles not the 10.4 miles that AllTrails said it was.

mountain biking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Started on the new trail Moo over. The trailhead is right off CR 9. Was a great way to enter the trail system. Hiked to anti-cline to Fire Canyon to Island in the Sky. Did a portion of Island in the Sky & went back . Logged 9.1 miles. Had a nice leisurely hike with wonderful weather. Really enjoy this area!

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rocky
snow
4 months ago

good time hiking

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

We had done a hike here last year. It was easy to go on different trails for a new experience. Still went to Island in the Sky that is my favorite. Trail was frozen and snowy in the morning. They were really muddy in the afternoon including the road to the trailhead. The way down on the road was really dicy. I drive an AWD with a sport downshifting feature and still slid down the hill. Also the shooting range boom boom was annoying but the hike was still good.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hiking trail for either early or late in the season when the higher elevation trails have snow. Did the 10.4 mile loop and it was certainly a very good workout. Highlights were the many birds on the trails and the views from the Island in the Sky portion of the loop. These trails are heavily used by mountain bikers and horseback riders, but on a Wednesday afternoon in the middle of November, I only saw 5 bikers. They were courteous and friendly. It was actually nice to have bike tracks to follow in the heavily rock portion of the loop (on top of Island in the Sky). Certainly a gem just north of Canon City.

mountain biking
rocky
8 months ago

Great single track, very rocky and hard on the equipment. One of the more technical 10 miles I've done in a while. From the parking area for the first 10 min there was a lot of trash and litter but all in all I found the trail a good challenge. Bring plenty of water.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

This is a hidden gem. There are multiple trails here that are marked by the BLM and you can find the trail maps elsewhere online. From the parking lot we took Tectonic Shift for slightly less than two miles (very easy), and then Unconformity for 2+miles (easy), and then returned for an out and back of 8 miles. There were only two other couples on the trail system. Trail map https://royalgorgeregion.com/oil-well-trail-map/ One caution, it is a desert so I wouldn't go in the summer. We went in late September and it was wonderful. Will probably return this winter to use more of the trails

hiking
rocky
Sun Jun 23 2019

horseback riding
no shade
rocky
Tue Jun 18 2019

Been out here twice in the past month, and both times, bikers were VERY respectful of us and our horses! We did Anticline to Fire Canyon to Island in the Sky as a big loop, but didn't really see any bikes past Anticline. Go early in the summer, as there is really no shade and no water for horses.

hiking
Sun Jun 09 2019

Did 4 miles out and back getting big our scouts warmed up for Philmont. Beautiful views, some geocaching, neat rock structures, and flowering cactus.

hiking
Sat May 18 2019

Excellent views. Geologists would be in heaven here. The trail was wonderful, we shared with many mountain bikers, everyone was really super nice. The loop starts at tectonic shift then you make a left on fracture left on unconformity then go to Island in the sky from their pick up fire Canyon then anticline followed by tectonic shift again.

hiking
Sat May 18 2019

Good hike. Varied beautiful scenery. Will share the trail with mountain bikers. See the review telling you what trails to take.

Sun Apr 14 2019

Island in the sky

hiking
Sat Mar 24 2018

Great hike with amazing views, vegetation, and terrain.

running
Sun Feb 25 2018

awesome and interesting trails

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recorded Oil Well Flats Trail

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recorded Oil Well Flats Trail

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