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Designated a National Scenic Byway

Length: 135 miles
Driving time: Six hours (including loops or backtracking) to drive the entire byway
Open: All Year

Gold Belt Tour Itinerary

In the early 1890s the mining towns in the shadow of Pikes Peak enjoyed the greatest gold boom the state has ever had. The Gold Belt Tour follows historic railroad and stagecoach routes leading to North America’s greatest gold camp, three world-class fossil sites, and numerous historic sites 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. 

Main Towns: Cripple Creek; Canon City

Called “The Greatest Gold Camp in the World”Features include:

Wildlife: Elk, black bear, marmot