Phantom Canyon Road
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dh301
Denver, CO132 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Really cool drive thru the canyon. It was a beautiful day to make this drive. Be aware some areas are quite bumpy. You don't necessarily need a 4wd to tackle this road but would recommend higher clearance due to rocks and washboards. Even though the canyon drive is about 20-ish miles long, allow plenty of time for slow going thru narrow roads and blind curves. We combined it with a drive thru Victor then on to Cripple Creek and learned about Gold mining which was fun.
Written May 27, 2022
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pdoisy
Norwich, UK53 contributions
Aug 2022
We started from Canon City and Manitou Springs was our destination. The weather was very cloudy with low grey clouds but no rain. It had rained the day before and the roads were still wet.
When you leave the flat lands of Canon City, you gently enter the canyon. The road is getting more and more twisty, the roadside higher and higher, the elevation goes to 5 figure, trees change from small bushes to magnificent alpine pine trees.
The road is easy to drive, leaving the asphalt after a couple of miles from Canon Road to a red gravel road. We had a VW Touareg but any kind of car can make it. There is some narrow sections but traffic seems to be very little so we never had a problem when crossing a car. If you have a big pickup or something bigger, you may find it difficult and not enjoy the scenery as much. The asphalt road restarts near Victor.
As you go up (and it seems never ending), the landscape changes dramatically to views you couldn't imagine, that's the beauty of it. Sorry I won't spoil it ;-)
Before arriving at Cripple Creek, you will arrive at Victor. Although a lot smaller, I think it has a lot more charm as it stayed more true to its history. Also, take some time to visit the gold mine if you can, you are entering a piece of America's History.
From there the road goes back down to Divide, the landscape is more open but still beautiful.
A unique experience, we wished we had a more sunny day to enjoy the picnic areas and look at the landscape. To redo
Written August 30, 2022
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938Lmarie
New Castle, PA111 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
The is a scenic route we took on our way back from The Royal Gorge. I must caution you as the road is very narrow in sections, unpaved, no gas stations, there is no cell service and most of it had no guide rails. The speed limit is 20 mph so it takes a good 2 hours to go the 30 mile stretch. If a car comes the other way there are pull offs to maneuver around each other. Going any faster is just stupid on this road. It is very dusty and once you start you are committed as there are no roads till the end. All that being said I was so glad we drove it. It is very scenic and the landscape was just awesome. Our car made it just fine. The rocks are nothing like we have in Pennsylvania for sure. We saw deer and bighorn sheep and a few eagles.
If you are in the area you should consider driving this road. Just be prepared for the trip and you will be fine and totally enjoy it.
Written September 9, 2021
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Fhairr
Atlanta, GA71 contributions
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, CO792 contributions
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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E5212KHjohno
Fort Myers Beach, FL3 contributions
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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CancunBuff
Cancun, Mexico9 contributions
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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MNDaveC
Minneapolis, MN25 contributions
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, IL1,215 contributions
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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FloridaDebi
Florida34 contributions
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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