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.
- MyScenicDrives Road Trip Map
- Royal Gorge Bridge
- Mueller State Park
- Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
- Designated a National Scenic Byway
- Kids: Junior Paleontologist Ages 5-12
- Garden Park Fossil Area
Local Chamber(s) of Commerce
Byways Corridor Management Plan
- 4WD recommended on Upper Shelf
- No vehicles over 25 feet long on Phantom Canyon Road
- Program Contacts
- Lenore C. Bates
Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
4201 E. Arkansas Ave.
Denver, CO 80222
- Colorado Tourism Office
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