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Very upsetting experience, police threatened us for stopping to take pictures in a tunnel.

We took a 2 week vacation with this drive as one of my destinations as was recommended. We enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2017
Deb M
Bloomington, Indiana
Glad we went on a low traffic day (and four wheel)

Small unpaved path, with stellar views. So glad though that we were in off season, only had to... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Carolyn D
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“canon city” (39 reviews)
“drop offs” (7 reviews)
“great drive” (9 reviews)
Cripple Creek, CO
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JPMiles / Payback Arrow
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

We took a 2 week vacation with this drive as one of my destinations as was recommended. We enjoyed our morning at the Royal Gorge and headed to Phantom Canyon Road for an afternoon drive. There had been a police incident and the road was...More

2  Thank Deb M
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Small unpaved path, with stellar views. So glad though that we were in off season, only had to back up a couple times to let someone pass. The road had plenty of holes and wash outs so make certain you're out before sundown. Well worth...More

Thank Carolyn D
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Hubby said "I found this road I want to try out on our way to Cripple Creek". So glad he suggested this way. It was simply breathtaking. Tins of places to stop off along the way for camping or for a picnic.

Thank Elizabeth L
Reviewed 1 October 2017

We took this road a few years ago, incredible scenery, scary drop offs, saw a small black bear. You can't be faint of heart to travel this road. Tried to take it again 3 years ago, only got part way, just too darn scary.

Thank belindaaolsen
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

What a drop dead gorgeous drive - brilliant red rocks, crystal clear river and views that can't be best. The drive is not for the feint hearted as there are numerous places where huge chunks of the road are gone resulting in sudden drops to...More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 21 September 2017

What an amazing experience to get off the main roads and discover the unspoiled beauty of Colorado. A great day trip is this road and Shelf Road between Cripple Creek and Canon City. You will not regret it. Take your time and ENJOY!

1  Thank Sherri H
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I took this route whilst on holiday from the UK. It lasts for approx 25 miles along a good quality stony track (not a metalled road) and passes through some stunning, outstanding scenery. The road is easy to navigate and you don't...More

2  Thank Philip M
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This is a well-graded (albeit narrow) road that follows an old narrow gauge railroad route. There are trestles, tunnels, and wooden bridges but the road climbs gently through some breathtaking scenery. It is very doable in a 2WD and not nearly so narrow and precarious...More

1  Thank RLaurenceDavis
Reviewed 28 August 2017

My wife and I recently took this drive from Canon City through mountains to Victor and Cripple Creek old mining area. Very nice drive. We would highly recommend.

1  Thank David L
Reviewed 20 August 2017

A beautiful road which was once a railroad route which ended in 1920. No lead foot's as you must use caution on these narrow roads and tunnels. Lovely drive with lots of dust.

Thank Spiritwinds02
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John H
17 September 2017|
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Response from lakoda19611 | Reviewed this property |
I’m so sorry for the late response, Phantom Canyon was washed out this summer. The best thing to take the drive is during the summer, they close the road often. It’s best to check with Colorado travel before you make the... More
Kevin G
26 July 2017|
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Response from MountainMan26 | Reviewed this property |
The road is just a dirt road. The family car will have no difficulty driving up the road - except for the rain. There could be a lot of muddy sections. There are plenty of places to pull to the side and go hiking. No... More
Shannon H
22 June 2017|
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Response from Eucalyptus_101 | Reviewed this property |
Nope. All free