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Phantom Canyon Road

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Address: Cripple Creek, CO
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Following an old railroad bed, this trip goes to/from near Canyon City from/to Cripple Creek. The road is not paved and mostly single lane. Speeds are slow because of the road... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Pueblo, Colorado
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Pueblo, Colorado
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Following an old railroad bed, this trip goes to/from near Canyon City from/to Cripple Creek. The road is not paved and mostly single lane. Speeds are slow because of the road, the beauty of the drive and some animals in the road. Leaving US 50 near Canyon City, plan on a minimum of 2 hours to get to Cripple Creek.... More 

Thank MountainMan26
Chicago, Illinois
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2,743 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,764 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I dared to suggest that I planned to drive the 30-mile Phantom Canyon Road in my new 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-400, the tour guide rolled his eyes and recommended that I should hire a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Fortunately, I followed his advice. This narrow, one-lane dirt mountain road is carved into the side of a mountain and winds through a... More 

Thank Taylor B
Boone, NC
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65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes, this road is unpaved and often only wide enough for one car. But the views are gorgeous! Don't go this way if you are in a hurry, so you can drive slowly and enjoy everything (and be much safer). We started our trip in Cripple Creek and Victor and drove south/down. We stopped for lunch at a nice German... More 

1 Thank 4relaxers
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

This narrow one lane mountain road on the side of a mountain with steep dropoffs is for the adventurous only. We tried it and prayed constantly on the way up with both hands clenched to the steering wheel. My wife says some of the views were incredible but my eyes were focused on the road.

1 Thank leonardz908
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48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

My husband, 20 yr. old son and I first visited Cripple Creek and Victor before driving down this beautiful unpaved road. We had to drive cautiously around corners (beeping the horn first to alert oncoming vehicles), on steep drop offs and narrow sections of the road. It was exhilarating and exciting, but I never felt it was dangerous as long... More 

2 Thank Patty J
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11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Hired the Peterson AFB Outdoor Recreation to take us on a bike ride from Victor (top) all the way down to Canon City (the road near US 50). Great time and gorgeous views. We packed lunch and ate at one of the rest-stops along the way.

Thank James L
Saint Joseph, Missouri
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

This is a nice drive between Canon City(Royal Gorge) and Cripple Creek. I have driven it a few times and seen a multitude of animals including bears, deer, elk, wolves, fox. Stopped and walked in a creek to cool off and the bottom was loaded with Iron Pyrite. Won't make you rich but sure does look cool. There are a... More 

2 Thank TravelinMikee
Fort Myers, Florida
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Winding, narrow road with sharp drop offs. The road went right through the mountain in spots. People were camping beside the roadways. Very beautiful!

Thank Pat C
Storrs, Connecticut
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

There is so much diversity on this road! Everything is so beautiful, especially if the aspens are out. The ride by the river is great. I love to go this way. Takes longer, and we'll worth it. Bring a picnic lunch!

Thank mandy292016
Bryce Canyon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

We stopped along the way a few times for pictures. It was worth the time. A lot of cool looking peaks and trees, rock formations.

Thank S7635DBdavidk

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