Driving scared in Colorado

19 thoughts on “Driving scared in Colorado”

  1. On the other hand, I’m imagining there’s a benefit for drivers who aren’t blessed with multi-laned controlled access, speed limited freeways. My guess is that we’d be better drivers if we had to drive up Pikes Peak to get to work and down it to get back home. Imagine the consequences of learning to handle congestion, scenic distractions, road rage and texting while driving that route. I think you’d become a much better driver. Or a dead one.

    1. I’ll bet some people feel like they’re driving Pikes Peak on their way to work every day. But you’re right. On that road, you either get good or get dead, real fast.

  2. Is this fun or what? Notice the difference in steering inputs when he reaches the unpaved section.


    I hope this works.

    1. Eek, this really had me grabbing for the armrests when he took off. Needless to say, I’ve not seen that road at that speed! I was disappointed the race ended before he got above timberline though. That’s when it really gets hairy. I was looking at one video earlier today where the driver was above timberline and as he was going into some of the turns, the sun was directly in front of him and he was putting one hand up to shade his eyes. Not exactly the way I’d want to run that road.

  3. Thanks for the shoutout! I wrote the Scary Roads article for AAA Colorado and put together the e-newsletter. There were a bunch of other roads I would have liked to include (Phantom Canyon, especially) but had to just pick four for space reasons. Some of the pictures on the Dark Roasted Blend blog are amazing and it’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry at them.

    Our newsletters were a little sparse on real local travel articles in the past, but I’m writing them full-time now instead of trying to fit it around producing the magazine, so I hope you’ll find some more interesting stories there in future. 🙂

    1. Hey, thanks for stopping by. Now of course I have to go look up Phantom Canyon. But only because I don’t know the name, not because I’m looking for more scary roads to drive.

      1. Thanks, Carrie. I’ll check that out. I dug up some pictures and videos of Phantom Canyon Road and it sure didn’t look like anything I’d tackle alone in my sport coupe. I also came across photos of Shelf Road in the same area and it looked like 4-wheelers only. I guess we need to define “road” in terms of what kind of vehicles can travel on it.
        Okay, that link recommends 4WD on both roads.

      2. Very true. Including 4WD-only roads puts it into a completely different category. I like to think my Honda Civic can do anything, but realistically … hmm. Probably not.

  4. 4WD may be recommended on Phantom Canyon, but I have taken a Kia Rio through it, at night, during late winter and lived to tell the tale. Yes I had some parts near the approach to Victor where I had to dig through, but no biggie. I had a great time. Please save the Darwin Award stuff – Don’t judge Me! LOL!!!

    1. Oh, I wouldn’t dream of judging when I haven’t seen the road. I have a Forester now, with AWD, and might be tempted to try it someday, providing there were others around in case I had problems.

  5. Just wanted to let you know that husband has spent the last 30 minutes traveling around your blog and having great fun with the posts and links. He won’t comment, so I’ll just leave a note. (and rip the computer out of his hands.)

  6. We’ve i70 in Colorado 14 of the last 17 yrs can’t go to silverthorn without driving my Evans rocky mtn park and George town train and down to royal gorge from silverthorn down the back road. We stay at days inn across from Dillon beautiful lake . I’ve driven 3 times im73now and usually my brother or son Gwent and does the driving..and I can watch the wild life and beautiful waterfalls and snow covered mtns. We usually go the last week in June . mt. Evans is worth the drive . and summit lake has a bathroom and viewing area mtn goats, yellow bellied marmets At echo lake before going up my Evans there’s a restaurant and gift shop.Sometimes we do mt Evans and George train the same day. We enter rocky mtn park on the right. My mother always

    loved to go with us. You can get a senior pass to get in the national. Parks free. We’ve seen moose. Many elk near alpine visitor center. It’s always cooler the weest side of the mtns.Ill be going again soon and tasking more of the family right through there where my parents took me when I was 12 yrs old, try it you’ll will always go back…..JH from. Is.

    1. Most of the places you mention I’ve visited at least once. Up around RMNP is where I’ve spent many, many vacations and I love it, but I really do need to break away and explore other areas, now that I live here. I really was scared going up Mt. Evans, though. Maybe was having a bad day, or the road was in particularly bad condition. You’re so right to encourage taking the kids. That’s how I got mountain fever as a kid; my folks brought me up here every summer.

... and that's my two cents