Take the Long Way Home

Going for a drive is a fun and comfortable way to tour the breathtaking panoramic vistas of our area. There are miles of stunning scenic drives near Mountain River Lodge. Tour dramatic mountain ranges, magnificent granite canyons, and natural tunnels. Travel former railroad trails and historic goldmining routes. And during autumn, take in miles of giant yellow-glowing Aspen bouquets. Whatever you desire, our staff is here to help you find the best drive to satisfy your wanderlust.  Please contact us today!

Best Scenic Drives Near Lake George, Colorado

The Gold Belt Scenic Byway

A 135-mile scenic road

  •  Phantom Canyon
    One of the most scenic and historic drives in Colorado. The gravel road follows the Florence Cripple Creek Railroad built in 1984. Roads are winding, so please do not attempt with a camper, trailer or motorhome.
  •  Shelf Road
    Built in 1892 as the first district route from Cripple Creek to the Arkansas River Valley. It is a thrilling roller-coaster ride, perched above Fourmile Creek. This narrow shelf road provides some of the most adventurous driving ever! Roads are winding, so please do not attempt with a camper, trailer or motorhome.
  • High Park Road – Hwy 9
    Originally a trail that connected the ranches and farms to Cripple Creek and Canon City. Native Americans and gold miners alike traveled this historic route.
  • Teller County Road One
    Right down the way from Mountain River Lodge, this paved road will take you to Cripple Creek – enjoy the ride!

Skyline Drive

A one-way narrow road that rides above the clouds looking over the town of Canon City. Panoramic views of town, mountain, and prairies.

Local Safe Driving Tips:

  • Have enough gas and water to make it through the byway communities.
  • Be prepared for all kinds of weather.
  • Be alert to flash flooding conditions during heavy rain fall.
  • Stay away from mining sites while on foot.
  • When taking pictures, pull completely off the road and watch for traffic.

Aspen Viewing Drive

Autumn comes early in the high country. September is when the Aspen start to turn their brilliant yellow and you don’t want to miss this!  Our recommended drives for this time of year are Highway 67 through to Cripple Creek and a drive up the Pikes Peak Highway. The beautiful show of aspen glow will have you coming back every year for more.

We want to make certain you have the best experience while staying with us at Mountain River Lodge. Let us help you plan the perfect scenic driving trip! Enjoy luxury lodging at Mountain River Lodge after a day out on the road.

Customize Your Stay

Did you know we can fully customize your stay? Take your vacation to the next level and contact Mountain River Lodge concierge located in the main Lodge or call 719-748-1353 today! We are always eager to assist to enhance your stay with us.