For the first few miles, the road was fogged in, and not very spectacular. Then…
…the clouds started to lift, when I reached the west side of Pike’s Peak. Suddenly, I discovered I was passing through some incredible mountain scenery!
The wide, rough dirt road narrows down to one lane as it squeezes through tight passes, blasted out of rock. As you drive, try to imagine it’s the early 1900’s, and you’re slicing through these mountains aboard a steam engine.
Here’s one tunnel that hasn’t collapsed, at least yet. The tunnel is surprisingly long, and curves in the middle, so you can’t see the end as you enter the tunnel.
At least this tunnel has been reinforced with wood beams.
You’re in for quite a treat as you emerge from the other side of the tunnel…
This is certainly one of the most beautiful places in Colorado. You’ll find this view just west of the final tunnel.
The old railroad cut through the middle of this valley. Both sides are on private property.
The valley below.
Note: This trip was first published in 2005.