Phantom Canyon Road
Phantom Canyon Road
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E5212KHjohno
Fort Myers Beach, FL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Recalling past trips and how the road has improved, still winding dusty gravel road, over the many years we have taken this route. Our first trip over 35 years ago we had thought to be a shortcut back to Canon City from Colorado Springs. Took us way longer than we thought. It is very scenic and remote. Which is two of our favorite characteristics.
Written August 17, 2020
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Fhairr
Atlanta, GA89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We drove this from Cannon City to Cripple Creek on a Sunday afternoon. The road was fine although dirt and slightly rough in patches. Terrific scenery with the steel trestle and carved out mountains truly interesting. Hard to imagine that trains took this trip for years in the late 1800s to haul gold out of Cripple Creek.
Written August 5, 2021
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Marsha S
Colorado Springs, CO829 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
One of my all time favorite day trips near Colorado Springs to take visitors. Phantom Canyon has two tunnels hewn through the mountain, steep drop offs, blind curves, and gorgeous geology.

Recommend that you not take this road in icy conditions or if theirs poor visibility because this short stretch of wonderful ness has surprises around every curve.

An off road or 4-wheel vehicle is not required.
Written October 16, 2021
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Kristy S
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Beautiful views and tunnels through the mountains. Go slow and take your time. We were driving a Toyota Camry and did fine as long as we went slow and picked out path. There are other roads that are recommended for 4WD only so we stayed off those. There are steep drop offs on the sides of the roads. No cell service there so make sure you take a picture of the route so you know where you are and where you are going or save the pic from this review. There are places you can pull off with creek access but they all had people camping there when we went. You will go in and out of public lands so just make sure you are on public land if you decide to venture from the road. These areas are marked with road signs.
Written June 28, 2023
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MNDaveC
Minneapolis, MN25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
There are some really unique sights along this route, but most of the time you are inside a descending canyon limiting your view. There are many unique rock formations that are pretty cool, but you are NOT seeing for miles across mountain peaks. Having driven cool mountain road elsewhere, i found this road a bit overrated. Wish i has time to try the shelf road.
Written August 29, 2020
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Autumn P
East Peoria, IL1,586 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We went to cripple creek and at the visitors center found out about this scenic drive. We drove our jeep through it in about 1 1/2 hours, stopping for photos. It was fun, scary, beautiful, tight in some spots. Our 4 for jeep has wide tires so when passing it got sketchy. Really enjoyed this drive. 1 hour from Colorado Springs.
Written October 10, 2020
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CancunBuff
Cancun, Mexico9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Highly recommended drive!!! It's a thrilling experience similar to Road to Hana on Maui. We head it south on a Saturday Oct 2, 2021 about 1pm and it was not crowded like Road to Hana. More cars were headed south than north. There was 1 spot that the car in the other direction had to back up for about 100 yards. 25 MPH is recommended. Enjoy the ride.
Written October 5, 2021
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FloridaDebi
Florida48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Solo
I’m in Colorado Springs often for work, since I was staying through the weekend, I decided to do a day trip to Phantom Canyon.
Wow - definitely an experience, dirt road all the way and will take you quite some time to do the 22 miles. The road is very narrow at points and a bit challenging but worth the trip.
I came in from 115 and and traveled back at Victor through hwy 67.
Written May 17, 2020
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Buddy W
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Takes some time, but so worth it. Views are spectacular. We drove south, from Victor. We were on a one lane gravel road for 2 hours. Parts of the road are very narrow and we weren’t familiar with steep drop offs and no guardrails. So glad we made the trip. Unbelievable scenery and views. Didn’t realize until on the road this is a retired rail line built to serve the gold mines in Victor & Cripple Creek over 125 years ago.
Written May 6, 2023
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Charles C
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We did this drive from Victor in a Jeep Wrangler, my wife hiding her eyes from the sheer drop-offs and hair pin turns. The canyons towards the south end of the route are towering and amazing. On the down side, some people were driving too fast on what in places is a dangerous road. (BTW, a Jeep isn't necessary. A two-wheel drive SUV in good shape could handle this road.)
Written July 5, 2023
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