We had another one of those "Wowser" days today. We drove part of the awesome Gold Belt Byway. The Gold Belt Tour is a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway and a National Scenic Byway. The Tour retraces the historic travel routes connecting Cripple Creek and Victor Mining District, site of the world's largest gold rush, to the communities of Florence, Cañon City and Florissant.
The byway has several exciting roads to choose from, we chose the Phantom Canyon Road. The Phantom Canyon Road follows what was once the busiest narrow gauge railroad in the West. It was used to ship the gold from Cripple Creek to Florence, Colorado.
We started the drive in Victor, Colorado and it ended in Canon City. It was about 30 miles with very narrow and curvy roads. Some of the roads were icy at the higher elevations, we even had a few snow showers during the drive.
We plan to go back and drive the Shelf Road next time. The Shelf Road carried the stagecoaches from the Arkansas Valley to the mining camps. It had too much snow to drive today, it is even more narrow than the Phantom Canyon Road.
It was a very exciting drive. We highly recommend it to anyone in the area. We are finding so much to explore in Colorado, this is one beautiful state. Check back later for more updates from Colorado.