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.
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
Ownership: US Forest Service/BLM
Restrictions: Road is winding and potentially dangerous
Lodging: Free primitive camping
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car
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