Oh-My-God Road (Virginia Canyon)

4/5 (25 reviews)
Idaho Springs, Colorado (ClearCreek County)
Last Updated: 12/27/2020
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Highlights

Officially called Virginia Canyon Road, the Oh-my-God Road connects Idaho Springs to Central City, although the road can be run in either direction. It is a steep, winding, scenic shelf road with plenty of hairpin turns and few guardrails earning it its nickname. Built to connect these two major mining centers, Virginia Canyon Road displays many remnants of the region’s rich mining heritage. Tailing piles dot the hillsides, their red-brown dirt contrasting with the deep green of the pine forest. Perhaps the climax of this mining history is the historic ghost town of Russel Gulch. Many of the town’s largest and most significant buildings are still standing along with many residences, some of which are still occupied.

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Trail Reviews

4/5 (25 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 12/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun track through Idaho Springs. Did this after South Spring Gulch. Mostly dirt, some pavement. Some snow and ice on the road but not much. Air down if you want but not too much because you will be on paved roads for some time.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This is an easy trail with some cool views. You do not need 4wd, there are a few narrow spots but nothing major. I did expect it to be a little scarier with the name but it was still pretty!
Brad D.
15150
Status: Open
Visited: 07/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Open, dry and in great shape. Still a fun way to get between central city and Idaho springs.
Ray
6450
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Beautiful drive up this mellow but bumpy dirt road. Views of Mt Evans and it's subordinate peaks in the distance. Tons of mining and ghost town history along this route. Be sure to check out the spurs for an up close experience of the old structures and abandoned equipment. Awesome alternative from the highway to Central City.
Trail Review: Oh-My-God Road (Virginia Canyon) - Ray
Trail Review: Oh-My-God Road (Virginia Canyon) - Ray
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Trail is dry and in good shape for a dirt road. The sheer number of mines and tailings is pretty awesome even if the trail isn't all that entertaining. Connect it with the other copious trails around and you'll get a bit of history and views along with more fun offroading,

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