Originally Posted by boowho
Did you happen to go to Cripple Creek by way of Phantom Canyon? No way to take a coach, but the ride in a car is spectacular. There are places where if you meet another car, one of you will have to back up a ways!!
The Florence and Cripple Creek narrow gauge RR used to carry ore out of CC (thru that canyon) before the tracks were dismantled about 100 years ago
Another fantastic ride out of Canon City is Oak Creek Grade which goes up to Westcliffe/Silvercliffe Colorado. It's the old stage coach route. Views of the Arkansas River valley (about 2000+ feet below you) are simply unbelievable.
Both routes are about 30 miles in length.
Finally, US 50 between Canon City and Salida (thru Big Horn Sheep canyon along the Arkansas river) is about 45 miles of absolutely stunning scenery.
Boo, did not go that way. Had thought about a jeep tour that went more along the trails, but ended up driving the toad. Stayed off of 50 and travelled west from there a bit. Beautiful country....