Day#3 and we once again drive through Cripple Creek were I stopped briefly to see how the restore of Engine #4 of the Cripple Creek and Victor RR was doing since I was last here.
We then headed to the next road that is part of the Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway; Shelf Road. This was the old toll road for Freight and Passenger Wagons coming into the area during the mining era when railroads once dominated this area.
From there we stopped at Red Canyon Park but it was a bit to much 4×4 driving and hot for us this trip so we took a few rock photographs and pulled back out.
We then went to Garden Park Fossil Area and Marsh Quarry where many of bones have been dug up in this region.
This day would sadly also be the last running of the Royal Gorge Scenic Railway as Buckskin Joe park ended it’s operation. We are told the train will be moved “somewhere” in Colorado but they would not say were. Well, we bought tickets and took one last ride of this tiny train that goes to the edge of the canyon rim. A full trip report on the ride will come in another RRAdventures topic…
Back into Canon City next were we tracked down a Mining Engine and Ora Car display that sits right outside the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility.
We once again got onto another section of the Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway, this time High Road. This is were many of the old Cattle Ranches were(are) prior to the Mining Era that supplied many a steaks for miners and RR employees during the mining era.
As we headed back to our hotel in Colorado Springs, I stopped in Old Colorado City to photograph the old Colorado Midland Roundhouse that has been once again renovated for retail usage.