2022 Photo Competition


Treasures of The Gold Belt Byway

2022-04-15 | Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway

Welcome to the Treasures of The Gold Belt Byway 2022 Photo Competition, where visitors and residents of communities along the Gold Belt Scenic Byway will have a chance to win a mounted canvas of your photo or other prizes! The rules are simple, and entering is easy! Start by snapping photos, fill out the form below and attach your favorite photo(s) taken along the Gold Belt Byway! The competition runs from April 15th, 2022 through... Read More

How Railroads Shaped Our Success


Cañon City's Early Commerce

2022-04-03 | Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway

Settled by Anson Rudd family in 1860, Cañon City quickly became a regional center of commerce. The Arkansas River and its numerous tributaries provided ample water for agricultural, residential, and industrial uses. Farms, ranches, and orchards flourished in the fertile soils along the river. Silver and gold discoveries in the surrounding mountains provided a ready market for Cañon City farmers and merchants. Wagon roads and railroads proved critical to Cañon City’s success. Wagon and stagecoach... Read More

Protecting One Of The World's Richest Fossil Deposits


The Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument

2022-04-02 | Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway

The Florissant Fossil Bed fossil history dates back tens of millions of years ago.  About 34 million years ago, the area that is now within Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument was a mixed-hardwood, warm temperate forest unlike today’s cool temperate forest.   When seeing the Florissant Fossil Bed National Park in its present state, it can be hard to believe it was once teeming with huge mammals, a completely different landscape, and a host of insects that... Read More

Follow These Tips For Your Comfort And Safety


Tips for Travelers

2021-01-01 | Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway

Do not attempt Phantom Canyon Road or the upper portion of Shelf Road if you are traveling with a trailer, camper, or motor home. These routes are winding and narrow to one lane in many places. Have enough gas, water, and other necessities to make it between the Byway communities. Be prepared for changes in weather conditions. Depending on your travel route, you may experience up to 5,000 feet in elevation change. Steep canyons along... Read More

Starting With The Legendary Cripple Creek Gold Rush


Byway History

2021-01-01 | Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway

In 1890, cowboy and prospector Bob Womack discovered the rich gold ore that touched off the legendary Cripple Creek Gold Rush. The ranching country on Pikes Peak's western slopes was quickly transformed as prospectors flocked to the area. With the discovery of gold, it became a high priority to link the Cripple Creek and Victor Mining District to the cities of the Front Range and Arkansas Valley.  Roads, and later railroads, carried construction materials, food, clothing,... Read More

Colorado Mountain Towns


Communities Along The Byway

2021-01-01 | Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway

Here are some helpful links that we are sure you will want to check out Along the Byway Cañon City Chamber of Commerce City of Cripple Creek City of Florence Florence Chamber of Commerce Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Trails of Gold Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Royal Gorge Region Victor Regional Info Frontier Pathways Scenic & Historic Byway Ute Pass Vacation Guide Other Resources BLM - Colorado State Office Colorado  Byways National Byways National Forests National Parks... Read More

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