Although most travelers heading to Central City take the new highway from I–70, adventurous souls can take the Oh-My-Gawd Road. Built in the 1870s to transfer ore, this challenging drive climbs nearly 2,000 feet above Idaho Springs to Central City. After traveling along a series of hairpin curves you arrive at the summit, where you are treated to sweeping views of Mount Evans. The dusty road is often busy with mining traffic, so keep your windows up and your eyes open.
From Idaho Springs (Exit 240), drive west through town on Colorado Boulevard. Turn right on 23rd Avenue, left on Virginia Street, and right at Virginia Canyon Road (279).
Hwy. 279, Idaho Springs, Colorado, 80452, United States