In Search of Serenity Trip – Colorado : (2021)

Exploring Phantom Canyon Road

Phantom Canyon rd.

When James Bennett told me that we should check out Phantom Canyon Rd. Fahad and I jumped at the opportunity without a second thought. We were beyond elated when he kindly tossed us the keys to his Chevy avalanche for the trip. We did not rent a car on this trip due to low finances, so James was kind enough to supply us with one of his rides.  Thank you Brother!!!

Phantom Canyon rd, was an oil mining road that connected numerous old towns together, and is 29.5-mile from point-to-point in length. It is surely a scenic road to travel upon with great history and its own ghost stories to share. Only a few towns remain from back then like Cripple Creek and Victor, others sadly faded in time.  

– George Mercado

The History

History. Canyon Road is a long, narrow road that leads to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It runs parallel to the Acequia Madre (“mother ditch”), an irrigation ditch dating back to 1680. Prior to Spanish arrival, the road was a footpath between the Santa Fe River Valley and Pecos Pueblo.

Some believe it’s named after an 1890s ghost sighting of a man wearing a prison uniform walking along the tracks. The passengers who spotted the man claim he was executed at the Colorado State Penitentiary a few days prior.


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