It follows a former railroad from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek. Enjoy beautiful mountain views and peaceful, calm vibes along the way.
- First Stop: Gold Camp Road
- Cost: Free
- Drive Time: Approx. 20 min from Colorado Springs and 1hr 20 min from Denver
- Getting There: From Denver/Colorado Springs, head south on I-25. Follow I-25 to S 21st St. in Colorado Springs (Cimarron Exit 141). Turn left on 21st St. Turn right on Lower Gold Camp Rd. Follow Gold Camp Rd. up through Bear Canyon until it comes to a crossroads and turns into a dirt road.
Once through Bear Canyon and on Gold Camp Road, it will wind up the switchbacks past some residential housing and overviews of downtown Colorado Springs. The road will take you through two tunnels heading into North Cheyenne Cañon Park and turning into Cheyenne Cañon Road. The views along the way are spectacular, and you’ll pass plenty of options for hiking in the park. Keep your eye out for views of Helen Hunt falls on the way down!
Fun Fact: Gold Camp Road’s tunnels are said to be haunted. The road opened in the 1920s and was a car toll road. In 1988, the third tunnel collapsed and was never repaired. Legend says a school bus collided with it, killing the driver and those aboard. Nearby hikers claim to hear laughter in the area, as well as other eerie experiences.