Gold Belt Tour
In the early 1890s the mining towns in the shadow of Pikes Peak enjoyed the greatest gold boom the state has ever known. This 131-mile circuit tours historic Cripple Creek, Florence, McCourt, Adelaide, Wilbur, Victor, and other former gold camps. The roads are narrow and rugged in places - one stretch of the Shelf Road clings to a canyon wall 200 feet above the stream bed - but the payoff comes in the outstanding scenery: majestic Pikes Peak, the unspoiled Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area, spectacular Royal Gorge, and miles of high-country beauty. Two significant fossil areas - Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and the Garden Park Dinosaur Fossil Area - lie along the route.
The Gold Belt Tour was designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as a National Scenic Byway in 2000. It is one of eleven America’s Byways® designated in Colorado.
Royal Gorge Bridge
Mueller State Park
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Designated a National Scenic Byway
Kids: Junior Paleontologist Ages 5-12
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|Byways Corridor Management Plan:
Gold Belt Tour Scenic Byway Partnership Plan
4WD recommended on Upper Shelf.
No vehicles over 25 ft. long on Phantom Canyon Road.
- Contact Information
Lenore C. Bates
Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
4201 E Arkansas Ave, Shumate Bldg
Denver CO 80222-3406
(303) 757-9727 fax