Overview

Connecting six historic Colorado cities, four stunning roads comprise the Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway. Whether you are just driving the route, stopping by the historic railway and stagecoach routes, museums, dinosaur and fossil sites, or enjoying the outdoor recreation along the way – you are sure to see some of Colorado’s best mountain scenery along this relaxing byway.

131 miles / 210 km

Key Attractions

  • Museums located in Cripple Creek, Victor, Cañon City, and Florence offer historical information about the region

  • Florissant Valley – the remains of an ancient lake bed, lush greenery, and expansive views

  • Mountain biking – with fantastic scenery and safe roads with low speed limits

  • High Park Road – located near Pikes Peak, supplies grand views of the mountain ranges surrounding the elevated road

  • Florissant Heritage Museum in Florissant, CO (previously a schoolhouse from 1887-1960) – gives a history of the area starting with the Ute Indians – a member of the National Register of Historic Places

  • Rock climbing – particularly along Shelf Road, where climbs are short but challenging

  • Shelf Road Recreation Area – great for rock climbing, camping, hiking, picnicking, and biking

  • Scenic views of Pikes Peak – one of Colorado’s iconic landmarks, viewable from the byway

  • Historic stagecoach and railway courses, such as the Royal Gorge Route

  • Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge – the highest suspension bridge in the world and the steepest incline railway to the bottom of the gorge

  • Dinosaur Depot and the Garden Park Fossil Area – located just north of Cañon City, tours some of the most important North American fossil discoveries

Location

  • 103 miles from Denver, CO

  • Directions from Denver:

    • Start from the on-ramp to I-25 south out of Denver N 39.740° W 105.010°

    • Take US-24 west in Colorado Springs

    • Stay on US-24 until you reach Florissant, CO where the byway starts N 38.946° W 105.289°

  • Driving directions for the byway:

    • Phantom Canyon Section:

      • The first section of the byway starts in Florence, CO, at the junction of CO 67 and West Main Street

      • From here, head north on CO 67 and continue as it changes to Phantom Canyon Rd

      • At the junction of CO 67 and 4th St. head south on CO 67 to W. Victor Ave, then head west on CO 67 into Cripple Creek

      • In Cripple Creek, head west on E. Carr Ave. and continue as the road becomes Teller County Rd

      • Follow this into Florissant

    • Shelf Road Section:

      • At the junction of CO 67 and Main Street in Florence, drive west on Main Street to Ash St in Brookside

      • In Brookside, drive north on Ash St as it changes to S Reynolds Ave, then to Fremont Dr

      • After the road becomes Fremont Dr, drive west to Field Ave

      • Drive north on Field Ave to Red Canyon Rd and continue north as the road becomes Shelf Rd

      • Continue again as the road changes to Xenia St and continue to CO 67 south of Cripple Creek

    • High Park Section:

      • Start at the junction of Cedar Ave and Ash St in Brookside

      • Drive west on Cedar Ave to Chestnut St and head north

      • Once you reach Elm Ave, drive west to 9th St then drive north to Royal Gorge Blvd

      • Drive southeast on Royal Gorge Blvd to CO 9

      • At CO 9, drive north to High Park Rd

      • Continue north on High Park Rd to County Road 11

      • Drive north on County Rd 11 to County Rd 1 where the byway ends

  • There is lodging, gas, camping, food, and shopping along this byway

Other Information

(This site is funded in part by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.)