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Old 07-27-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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I'm going to be taking some days off in August, and I'll finally be able to get out of the city to explore the areas around Denver. However, I am terrified of heights (something I'm working on getting over). I'm really worried about ending up on some mountain road with no shoulder and a sheer dropoff to one side and just having a panic attack. I had a really hard time just being a passenger on the ride up to Loveland Pass. I was largely ok with the drive up the to the gift shop at Rocky Mountain National Park though.

What are the roads with scary drop-offs that I should avoid? And what are the roads that would be "safe"? (As in, at least a small shoulder/barrier and no dizzying drop-offs).

I'm probably not going on any hikes up huge mountains on my days off, but I would like to see Garden of the Gods, Pike's Peak maybe and back to RMNP.

I realize this is a really open-ended question, but I want to explore without finding myself petrified on some remote mountain road.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:12 AM
 
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You can drive to the top of Pike's Peak, but there are definitely parts of the road that have drop-offs with no guard rail.

You probably also would not like US Highway 550 between Durango and Ouray.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:14 AM
 
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Not much to avoid around any of the Front Range cities.

Garden of the Gods is just plain old flat driving. It's a park that's IN the city of COLO SPGS.

Pikes Peak Highway is almost fully paved, will be by next year, and I don't recall any drop offs or white knuckle driving. You do have to use first gear coming down due to the steepness and the need to not overheat your brakes and boil your brake fluid.

Avoid these roads:
- Hwy 550 between Durango and Silverton.
- The Park Service road up to Mount Evans.
- There are others but none really in/near the cities.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:17 AM
 
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I'm completely terrified of heights but even I will tell you that you are doing yourself a disservice if you avoid Hwy 550. It's spectacularly beautiful and not THAT bad except in a few parts. Overall, it's totally worth it.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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East Portal road in the Black Canyon is fun too, though it doesn't really have any huge drop offs, just very steep
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:26 AM
 
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Thanks! Very helpful.
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:39 PM
 
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Avoid Independence Pass and the road up to Mt. Evans.
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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Avoid Independence Pass and the road up to Mt. Evans.
There are only a few parts that might be scary and I would vote that would be mostly going west to east. That said, you should really have someone drive you over it, toward Aspen, some time. It's just beautiful in fall with all the aspens before the first snowfall (when it generally closes) and would be a pity to never experience it!
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Old 07-27-2011, 02:02 PM
 
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Pikes Peak Highway is almost fully paved, will be by next year, and I don't recall any drop offs or white knuckle driving.
I would think that the absence of guardrails would scare the bejesus out of the OP.

Also avoid Trail Ridge Road.
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Old 07-27-2011, 02:25 PM
 
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Does this count?
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