Gold Belt Scenic Byway

Gold Belt Scenic Byway

Gold Belt Scenic Byway is a very exciting journey through Colorado’s former mining country. It offers breathtaking scenery that you won't find anywhere else.

Located in southern Colorado, the byway connects roads through a variety of scenery ranging from canyons to mountains. This scenic loop is 131-mile long. It consists of many routes featuring famous roads and byways. Some parts of the byway are unpaved.
The byway makes a beautiful weekend trip. The journey offers an exhilarating driving experience, with superb views. An incredible journey, an unforgettable experience. On the byway you will see many abandoned mines, buildings, and towns that prospered during the Colorado Gold Rush. This is definitely one road trip that you want to record with lots of photographs. There are lots of viewpoints, official and unofficial. The road is a delight to drive, with every kind of twist and turn. But watch out. Some segments on this scenic journey are particularly unforgiving and the roads are narrow and rugged in places.

The byway contains many roads:

Phantom Canyon Road: It connects Cañon City and Victor through Phantom Canyon. It features one-way tunnels, narrow gaps and a red curved bridge to master. The road has two tunnels and three elevated bridges. It is unpaved.

Shelf Road: It goes through Fourmile Canyon. It is carved along the side of a cliff that is supposed to fit two lanes, but really only fits one.

High Park Road: It is entirely paved and connects gold mines with the Arkansas Valley.

Teller County Road 1: It is paved and offers diverse views of scenery.

Gold Camp Road: It follows the former railroad from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek. The road opened in 1920’s. It’s gravel. The road is said to be severely haunted.


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NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.