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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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Take US-50 E-/Royal Gorge Blvd east for 6.4 miles to Phantom Canyon Road (Paved), turn left. Take the paved portion of Phantom Canyon for 5 miles to the trailhead.
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