Phantom Canyon

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This is a narrow, winding and potentially dangerous mountain road. However, it is also one of the most awe-inspiring roads in Colorado. It rises from cholla grassland outside the canyon to lowland riparian forest, soaring canyon walls with pinyon-juniper forest along the fringe, and eventually mixed-conifer woods with aspen groves and mountain meadows. Along this road you might find birds including Canyon and Rock Wrens, American Dipper, Pinyon Jay, Green-tailed Towhee and Virginia’s Warbler, and animals ranging from deer to elk to bobcat. There are a few pullouts with restrooms along the way.

County: Fremont
Attractions: Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway

Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa, Lowland Riparian, Mixed-Conifer Forest

Directions: Head east on US-50 for 3.5 miles past McKenzie Road at the east end of Canon City, and turn north on CR 67 (Phantom Canyon Road). From here it is 22 miles to the Teller County line.

Delorme: 62 C2-D2
Roads of Colorado: 104 C2-C4

Dates of Access: Spring through fall
Hours: 0
Ownership: US Forest Service/BLM
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Road is winding and potentially dangerous
Parking: Roadside
Lodging: Free primitive camping

Handicapped: Yes
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car

Elevation: 5735
Latitude: 38.55348
Longitude: -105.09322

Amenities

RestroomsYes
Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsNo
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveNo
Camping
PicnicYes
HuntingYes
Fishing