Beaver Creek – Above Penrose

Beaver Creek’s headwaters begin at the top of Pikes Peak. The creek cuts its way down to the Arkansas river with most of its water pumped into Brush Hollow Reservoir. Most of the stream travels through a rugged canyon known as Beaver Creek State Wildlife Area. The lower access to the canyon is through Penrose. The lower canyon is carved through red rock and wading the stream is often the only access.


Dirt roads take you to the trail head but 4-wheel drive is not required. Hiking, however, is required and at times wading the stream is also required. There are two trails and they are generally maintained, but in places hiking can be challenging, so watch your step. Plan on plenty of time for your hike in and out of the canyon.