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Activities and Recreation

Scenic Drives in the Pikes Peak Region

Gold Belt Tour

Winding and twisting through the mining history that shaped the region at the turn of the century, one section of this drive is a 64-mile loop that follows Shelf Road (County Road 88) north from Cañon City to Cripple Creek, then turns south on Colorado 67 to Victor and continues south down Phantom Canyon Road (County Road 86) until it hits U.S. Highway 50 near Florence. Another section can be driven from Cripple Creek north on Teller County Road One to Evergreen Station where High Park Road (County Road 11) meets Teller County One. Here you turn southwest and follow the road as it bends south into Fremont County and meets up with Colorado 9. You continue south to Highway 50 and the Royal Gorge and then east to Cañon City.

Much of this drive is on gravel roads, and winter conditions can temporarily close the roads. The Phantom Canyon and Shelf roads are quite narrow with tight turns. Large vehicles like motor homes and large camp and travel trailers should avoid this drive. Services along the drive are available in Cañon City, Cripple Creek and Victor.

Pikes Peak Highway

This 19-mile toll road takes you to the summit of 14,110 foot Pikes Peak. The first half of the road is paved, giving way to gravel higher up. There are numerous pullouts to stop and look. The road is usually open year-round, weather permitting. The highway is patroled regularly, providing roadside assistance. The Pikes Peak Highway begins off of Highway 24 in the little town of Cascade.

South Platte River Drive

A 72-mile route running north from Woodland Park to Deckers. There it tees into a loop that hugs the South Platte River on 67 going north, changes to a gravel road where 67 turns back west. The road follows the North Fork of the South Platte to the historic town of Buffalo Creek. There you can go on to Pine Junction or loop back south to Deckers. You can find several national forest campgrounds along the route. Services are available in Woodland Park, with limited services available in Deckers, Buffalo Creek and Pine Junction.

Rampart Range Road

Sixty miles of gravel road take you from the Garden of the Gods north along the Rampart Range to where it meets up with Colorado 67 between Sedalia and Deckers. There are numerous campgrounds and picnic areas along the route. No services are available along the route.

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