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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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My favorite road in Colorado

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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Plano, Texas
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104 reviews 104 reviews
19 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I found this road while hiking around Cripple Creek. I wish I had found it earlier as time only allowed for me to hike around 2.5 miles in and back. The scenery is very nice. I saw a fox and many chipmunks and birds during the hike. The road was all dirt and gravel, with minimal auto traffic.

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Canon City, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I drive this road everyday to and from work no matter what the weather is. I love this scenic drive. Most people that drive Shelf Road have a death grip on the steering wheel or the OS bar. That road also has lots of wildlife to see as well as scenery. Take your time and enjoy this beautiful landscape.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

We would have had a difficult time finding this scenic drive if we had not read another reviewer's directions. This is a remote and beautiful drive and the name Shelf Drive is appropriate because it is literally a one lane shelf on the side of a sometimes very deep canyon. The views are quite spectacular and the reward is that... More 

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