Phantom Canyon

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4.7/5 (50 reviews)
Cañon City, Colorado (Fremont County)
Last Updated: 06/20/2023
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Carving its way through the rugged landscapes of Colorado, Phantom Canyon Road delivers an unforgettable experience. The road meanders between towering weathered cliff faces that shimmer in hues of rust, ochre, and slate. The rocky, unpaved terrain is a journey back in time, winding through evidence of the region's gold rush history. Remnants of wooden trestle bridges and abandoned mining structures are interspersed along the route as poignant reminders of a bygone era. The drive is a symphony of geological wonder and historical intrigue, surrounded by views of the rocky canyon blanketed in vibrant, local vegetation patches. From the soft crunch of gravel under your tires to the awe-inspiring view of boulders stacked haphazardly by nature's hand, Phantom Canyon Road presents a rich sensory and historical experience, making it a gem in Colorado's off-roading scene.


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4.7/5 (50)
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Visited: 08/22/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The south part was extremely scenic and washboarded in some places. Overall, it is a real relaxing drive.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/12/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Nice graded road connecting Victor and Penrose. A good windy path through beautiful scenery and, while nothing technical, if you don’t like shelf roads be weary of this path.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/29/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Trail was as described and in good condition. Beware of others on the road. Most of the vehicles on the road that day were not there for a scenic drive and appeared to be driving as if they were late for work... Be careful
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/27/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Today was a great day to be out on the trail, the rain held off until we reached the end. The trail was slightly more busy than the last time we were on it, since it was Memorial Day weekend. All but one or two campsites were taken. If you’re going to go out on the trail over the weekend take it slow, the trail has a lot of blind curbs and you don’t want to ruin your day by being careless!
Trail Review: Phantom Canyon - Tyler Genevish
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/16/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Great scenic drive. Very little traffic and easy enough almost any stock vehicle could handle the dirt road.
Trail Review: Phantom Canyon - Michael Manis
Trail Review: Phantom Canyon - Michael Manis
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