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Kevin writes: "Hey awesome pictures.
In 2001 my family and I took a trip to Colorado Springs (we love
spending time in the mountains) and one of those days we took a
day trip to the Royal Gorge and after we left we found this road
called Gold Camp Road, and I just remember my mom saying hey
lets go down this road it looks pretty this way. Oh wow were we
in for a ride. An hour and half or maybe 45 minutes to go 25
miles lol! the road is terrible don't get me wrong it is some of
the most beautiful scenery i've ever seen in my life (i'm 22 now)
but being able to go only 20 mph and still have the road beat
the crap out of the car was terrible lol. It was bad enough that
we had to pass oncoming traffic not only once but twice and I'm
sure you know that its nothing but a so many thousand feet drop
straight down to the one side of the road. It was one heck of a
rough ride (as my dad, driving, would most certainly tell you)
but it was so spectacularly beautiful (at least for the first 45
minutes after that i was tired of sittin' in the car lol)."
Kevin, I think they've improved the road a bit since your trip, but it's
still a rough and wild adventure. --Daniel
Stan Philbrick writes:
"I have a book titled Ghost Towns of the West, by Lambert
Florin, in which it is stated that at one time the area of
Cripple Creek and Victor were served by five different
Chris Storer writes: Hi I like
the pics of gold camp road my wife and I lived on gold camp road
with my dad James Howard Storer for some time it was great but
the winters were hard LOTS OF SNOW. We lived real close to
the tunnel, there was a train stop there and a town popped up
they named it Clyde. My dad is gone now but we have still
look back with joy thinking of the time we lived in Clyde.
David sends this
clarification on the portion of Gold Camp Road that is closed:
Actually it's not the eastern part that is closed but the
center part. If you go to Helen Hunt Falls and follow the road
up to where High Drive starts, lower Gold Camp Road is the road
on the right. It goes down and follows Bear Canyon down and
comes out on eighth street.
I just took this trip today with my wife, son and mother and it was
There are plenty of places to pull over to take in the views or even go
hiking on some of the trails. You can even fish at the Rosemont
Reservoir which is beautifuly secluded or camp at the Pikes National
Forest Campground just off of Old Stage Road.
All in all I can't wait to do this again when family come to visit.
This is by far my favorite attraction in Colorado which is saying a lot
because I live in Colorado Springs and only 30 minutes from the start of
Old Stage Road.
I would advise against taking this route without 4 wheel drive as the
beginning (from pavement to dirt on the switchback) had my Jeep's tires
spinning before I threw the transmission into 4 wheel part time.
Because we drove this road in a Jeep, it was quite pleasant (my 3 week
old son slept through almost all of it). In a car it would have rattled
my teeth loose.
*Note, if you're planning on driving this in an automatic, make sure you
turn Overdrive off to keep your transmission from overheating and throw
it into 1st or 2nd gear (not drive) when you're descending a slope so
that your brakes don't fail.
Absolutely brilliant drive. 5/5 stars
Mike writes: We rode this on my
motorcycle, in 1986. It took five and one half hours to go 35
miles. The road was washboarded very badly, but the scenery was
awesome. My wife did not enjoy the ride. We were both filthy and
so was the motorcycle. I would do it again if I got the
An anonymous visitor writes: I
need a map with the locations of the tunnels. I would like to
know which are collapsed. Years ago, I was aware of an effort to
open the road to bike traffic or ??. I wish to take the trail
this summer and take pictures, a long trip. I remember a map at
one end, I believe at the end where Stage Coach Road departs.
Thanks. (From Daniel: If you have a good map of the
area showing the tunnels, I'll post it here -- just use the form
to email me!)
Kitty Rohr writes: Hello there. I heard
there was some paranormal activities on this trail. can you tell
me if you have experienced anything? or if it is true? (From
Daniel: I haven't heard anything about ghosts on Gold Camp Road.
If you have, drop me a note!)
Gracie writes: Gold camp road is very
haunted. When u are afraid of hikes u should never look down
when ur at gold camp road. One night me and my friends and there
mom went to gold camp road. We went at 1:00 a.m. It was scary
because we took pics and when we were done and went home. When
went home there were faces, blood, and cars that weren't there
before. I got dizzy and was about to throw up after we went
Threw tunnel 1 and 2. If I ever go to gold camp road I'm going
with boyfriend. But I might not because he's cheating on me. I'm
going to go to GOLD CAMP ROAD ALL WEEK MAYBE.
Ray Baker writes: In 1963 at age
(barely) 17 I was assigned to Ft Carson, and a winter in Camp
Hale. Was a wonderful adventure for a young teenager !
We drove around Gold Camp Rd and many of the high country trails
sitting on the front fenders of a 49 Plymouth business coupe. My
time in the Colorado mountains was by far the most memorable of
Thank you so much for such wonderful pictures and narrative.
You've done w/ this site what I always dreamed of doing w/ a
camera and pen.