Prepare to be amazed. The segments of the byway have very different road conditions.
Colorado s gold belt tour is on the west side of pikes peak an hour from colorado springs or pueblo and two hours from denver.
Gold belt scenic byway. Myscenicdrives road trip map. Vehicles over 25 feet are not permitted to travel phantom canyon road. The gold belt scenic byway is a national scenic byway running through colorado s gold country.
Phantom canyon road is unpaved and narrow. About gold belt tour scenic byway day tours. Stunning scenery and abundant recreation opportunities await in this road to riches drive through five fascinating byway communities.
High park road and teller one are two lane and paved for the entire length. This will take you approximately an hour of driving. The gold belt tour was designated by the u s.
It connects the gold mining districts to each other and to the arkansas valley. The rockies are calling. We drove a stretch of this national scenic byway the portion from florissant where we visited the florissant fossil beds national monument over state highway 9 toward cañon city.
The gold belt tour is a colorado scenic and historic byway and a national scenic byway. Secretary of transportation as a national scenic byway in 2000. The gold belt tour scenic byway travels through the prehistoric past of dinosaurs and follows historic railroad and stagecoach routes to gold mining towns.
Not just the yellow metal but gold aspens in the fall casino winnings and high altitude adventure. The gold belt national scenic byway connects five communities cañon city florence florissant cripple creek and the victor mining district which was the site of the world s largest gold rush. Drive the gold belt tour and retrace the historic travel routes connecting cripple creek and victor mining district site of the world s largest gold rush to the communities of florence cañon city and florissant.
Drive the gold belt national scenic byway and travel through time by tracing the prehistoric past of dinosaurs following historic railroad and stagecoach routes and exploring gold mining towns. The gold belt byway is a national scenic byway and bureau of land management back country byway located entirely within the us state of colorado the byway received its name because it runs through colorado s gold country. Just an hour from colorado springs this byway consists of many routes featuring famous roads and byways such as phantom canyon road shelf road high park road and teller county road 1.
Shelf road is unpaved between the climbing area and cripple creek shelf road is very narrow and winding with steep drop offs. See phantom canyon road shelf road and the 1890 s gold mining towns of cripple creek. Gold belt photo tour.
It is one of eleven america s byways designated in colorado. There s gold in those mountains and you can find it. It was a pretty leisurely and deserted drive mostly through farmland and blm land surrounded by mountains.