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Address: Cripple Creek, CO
Activities: Four-wheeling
Description: Mostly unpaved, this road travels between Cripple Creek and Canon City and...
Mostly unpaved, this road travels between Cripple Creek and Canon City and promises outstanding views.
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drive southward; 4WD not needed

former stage path between "Gold Country" towns, this NARROW winding road lets you experience a smoother version of routine travel from the mid 1860's until the turn of the 20th... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Colorado, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The views here are fantastic, with gorgeous cliffs and streams. HOWEVER, this road which stretches between Canon City and Cripple Creek, is appropriately named. Though it's a 2-way road, there are areas that are only 1-car width. I've also met other vehicles, including an idiot in a big RV, traveling on the wrong side of the road many times. So,... More 

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bravestrong
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62 reviews 62 reviews
37 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

former stage path between "Gold Country" towns, this NARROW winding road lets you experience a smoother version of routine travel from the mid 1860's until the turn of the 20th Century. Potholled and water-boarded, but no 4WD needed if you stay in 2nd gear. nice scenery. at end, drive S into Canon City, then east to Florence, and drive back... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I read Onebampy's review and thought we'd give it a go in our Audi rental car. Twenty minutes into the drive I was wondering if we me made a giant mistake as I wasn't sure how long the road was or what the conditions would be around the next hairpin turn. Nevertheless, we drove on and despite that I was... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I am big on Jeeping the 4-wheel trails and roads in Colorado. I like to see just how much trouble I can get in and still live to get back home. I want to see scenes that the public does not get to see because it is too hard or dangerous to get there. This is the best road I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This road is best traveled heading south on it. That way if you meet any vehicles you are on the inside of the shelf. Higher clearance vehicle is better for peace of mind but four wheel drive was not needed. Not scary just not your typical wide paved road. Gorgeous views!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Some of the best limestone rock climbing in the country. Beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristobalite range, camping and fishing available.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Just outside of Cripple Creek is this dirt road that follows a creek and gives way to spectacular views of rock formations. If it has been raining a lot recently, you might consider asking about the conditions of the road, but if it is dry, you can confidently drive this route. The road is narrow, but there is always room... More 

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La Junta, Colorado
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The shelf road is a narrow, gravelly dirt road that leaves Cripple Creek and winds down to Canon City Colorado. The trip takes about an hour on a dry day when there hasnt been rain. It is a 4 WHEEL ROAD! Usually the raod is rough with rivulets where the rain has eroded the road. There is a section of... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is an interesting drive with some breathtaking views. We have traveled quite a bit in our Jeep, and I feel this isn't a particularly challenging road. It is worth the time to see the scenery.

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Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This was the best 'shortcut' of our trip through Colorado. Take a picnic basket and enjoy this fabulous thrilling drive with rewarding views. 4-wheel drive is NOT needed when it's dry.

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