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Bureau of Land Management
Royal Gorge Field Office
3170 East Main Street
Canon City, CO 81212


Travel on a historic, narrow-gauge railroad bed, an old stage road, and a county road on the Gold Belt Scenic Byway. The Byway retraces the historic travel routes connecting Cripple Creek and Victor Mining District, site of the world's largest Gold Rush. Cripple Creek now caters to gamblers and other visitors. The 3 legs of the route, which form a loop, have a total length of about 131 miles.

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The Byway is located just 1 hour from Colorado Springs or Pueblo, Colorado. From the north, it can be reached from U.S. Highway 24; the southern end can be reached from U.S. Highway 50.

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Known as a heritage town with grand nineteenth-century architecture and brick streets that date to the early 1900s, Trinidad is set in a green valley halfway between Denver and Santa Fe. The town is surrounded by vast state and national recreation areas, including two state parks. Trinidad is the gateway to the Scenic Highway of Legends, where travelers find lakes and stunning dikes that radiate out from the ancient Spanish Peaks. Historic and prehistoric sites abound in every direction.
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