Skyline Drive

A unique driving experience with incredible views. In General: Length: 3.5 miles Driving Time: min. 20 mins This route winds its way along the top of an extremely narrow ridge overlooking the surrounding area. Photo Ops: Many areas are marked “No Stopping” but you can still get some terrific vistas of the road. Great overlook of Cañon … Read more Skyline Drive

Phantom Canyon

Gold Belt Tour SB – Phantom Canyon America's BywayScenic BywayNational Forest Byway

Phantom Canyon Road near Cañon City

How to get there:

Connecting Florence and Victor, I start the route on US 50, north of Florence.

  • From I-25/C470 to US 50/Phantom Canyon
  • 91 miles 1 hr 40 mins
  • GPS
  • US50/Ph Canyon
  • 38.4374 -105.1135

In General:CampgroundFishing AvailableHiking

  • Length: 30 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 2 hours

Phantom Canyon Road is unpaved and narrow; vehicles over 25 feet are not permitted.

This road is one of the most scenic and historic drives in Colorado. The route increases in elevation from 5,500 to 9,500 feet and follows the route of the Florence & Cripple Creek Railroad built in 1894 as a connection from Florence to the goldfields of Cripple Creek and Victor.

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Shelf Road

Gold Belt Tour SB – Shelf RdAmerica's BywayScenic BywayNational Forest Byway

Shelf Road on the Gold Belt Tour Scenic Byway

How to get there:

Travels between Cañon City and Cripple Creek.

  • From I-25/C470 to Cañon City
  • 96 miles 1 hr 45 mins
  • GPS
  • US 50/Raynolds Ave
  • 38.4481 -105.2069

In General:High Clearance Requiredrock climbingCampgroundHiking

  • Length: 26 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 2 hours

Shelf Road is unpaved and in places very narrow and winding with steep drop offs. Four wheel drive is recommended and may be required for travel through this area when the road is wet.

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