This half-day road trip in Colorado’s Pikes Peak region circles ‘America’s Mountain.’ Drive over mountain passes, visit historic towns, and catch high elevation views on this 115ish-mile one-tank road trip. As an added bonus, this road trip includes a drive through Colorado’s ‘Gold Belt. This portion of the drive features multiple scenic roads, giving drivers the choice of taking Phantom Canyon Road, Shelf Road, or Teller County Road to High Park Road.
Editor's Note: This road trip is designed to allow for limited stopping. It can be driven in one go with no breaks. Please be highly aware of COVID-19 rules and restrictions present along the way.
Pikes Peak (Photo) Credit Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette
Pikes Peak (Photo) Credit Richard Bittles (iStock)
Cripple Creek (Photo) Credit ABDESIGN (iStock)
Cripple Creek (Photo) Credit RiverNorthPhotography (iStock)
Victor (Photo) Credit SWKrullImaging (iStock)
Phantom Canyon Road (Photo) Credit Jeffrey Beall (Flickr)
Shelf Road (Photo) Credit Phil Howland (courtesy of Bureau of Land Management)
Teller County (Photo) Credit James St. John (Flickr)
Skyline Drive (Photo) Credit Simon Morris (Flickr)
Cañon City (Photo) Credit chapin31 (iStock)
Colorado Springs (Photo) Credit Sean Pavone (iStock)
Colorado (Photo) Credit raksybH (iStock)
Tips for Road Trip (Photo) Credit krblokhin (iStock)
Colorado Highway 67 (Photo) Credit CO_Wizard (iStock)
Leslie James is all about Colorado when it comes to writing features, sharing adventures, and creating colorful galleries. She loves camping, hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding. Leslie joined OutThere Colorado in November 2020.