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The Gold Belt Jeep Tour
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  • Average4%
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“canon city” (35 reviews)
“great drive” (9 reviews)
“go slow” (6 reviews)
Cripple Creek, CO
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Thought this would be a nice way to drive between Royal Gorge/Canon City and Cripple Creek. WRONG! Don't be fooled by the drive times Google Maps has listed. This "47" mins is easily 90+mins, and that's if you are lucky. This is literarily a dirt...More

Thank bransom_13
Reviewed 1 week ago

This road is absolutely beautiful! It is not fully paved, but it is easily accessible with a normal vehicle (at least, in dry weather). You will find some gully washes, but it just takes a bit of care while driving. The scenery is well worth...More

Thank Chris U
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told this was Phantom Canyon Highway and trust me there is nothing highway about it. Very rough washboarded road but very doable with our Impala as long as you drive slow. Narrow with drop offs along the side but nothing like Skyline Drive....More

Thank JKS340
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Phantom Canyon is for those who want to get away from the tourist traps. Twenty plus miles of dirt road that weaves its way through a deep canyon of high rock walls. This was an unforgettable experience. Our little front wheel drive Nissan Rogue handled...More

1  Thank BogDogs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Look, seriously, this isn't a Sunday drive in the family truckster. But we did take the Kia Soul. Obviously take the drive slowlyrics as the road is a washboard road for a great deal of the way. But it is so worth the experience. I...More

1  Thank multicasting
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am from Missouri and I have never been on a road that scared me more. With that said it was amazing and I would do it again! We drove in a Ford Edge and saw a few cars that were doing this drive. You...More

Thank where2nextbabe
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

OK First let me state I've driven this road 35 years ago and after revisiting Cripple Creek decided to give it a go just for old time sake. Well this time I'm driving a 4 wheel drive suburban. Dusty oh yeah, rough, bumpy tight curves....More

1  Thank Bob C
Reviewed 22 June 2017

My brother-in-law knew about the Phantom Canyon road and we were so glad he did. The road is not all paved but it is one of the best scenic drives. Some parts are only one lane so you have to be careful when you meet...More

2  Thank tamljsl
Reviewed 21 June 2017

This is definitely worth doing, and you don't need at 4x4 to do it. Beautiful scenery and the drive's not scary. The road is pretty good, especially the southern half. A few more potholes and some washboarding up at the top. The old railroad bed...More

Thank Eucalyptus_101
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

A great route for sight-seeing, especially in a Jeep or 4WD vehicle. Steep, winding sections, sometimes overlooking drop-offs on the sides. Closes frequently due to weather and road conditions, so check before going. But has beautiful scenery, fun driving, and along the way, you can...More

1  Thank Jessica N
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Kevin G
26 July 2017|
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Response from Tslingo | Reviewed this property |
The road never gets treacherous. There are many places to pull off and hike along the road. You can take a lunch and picnic at a few picnic sites. There are restrooms about half way between Hwy 50 and Victor. It is a... More
Shannon H
22 June 2017|
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Response from Eucalyptus_101 | Reviewed this property |
Nope. All free
Renee C
22 March 2017|
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Response from Nancy W | Reviewed this property |
Check YouTube for videos of both roads. That will give you some idea what to expect. Phantom Canyon is winding one lane dirt and asphalt road. It's been years since I've been on Shelf Road so I can address your question. As... More