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Shelf Road

Cripple Creek, CO
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Four-wheeling
Description: Mostly unpaved, this road travels between Cripple Creek and Canon City and promises outstanding views.
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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
6 helpful votes 6 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
23 helpful votes 23 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Dumas, Texas
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

If you want a shortcut to Cripple Creek this is definitely a shortcut, but if you mean time then don't go here at night. in the fog. Late night we GPS this road not knowing what we were up against and once you start you can't go back. The fear factor of the unknown becomes evident the first turn. It... More

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Houston, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I ended up on this road unintentionally (thanks Verizon!) and was initially somewhat freaked out, but this is actually a beautiful and memorable drive. Apparently constructed in the late 1800's, Shelf Road remains a relic - single narrow lane with some outcroppings for passing - although I would not want any part of having to deal with navigating around an... More

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Pennsville, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

My gps took me on this 15 mile single lane gravel road. You cannot turn back once you start as it is at least 500 foot sheer drop, no guard rails. I was looking for a short cut from Canon city to Cripple Creek. Not for the faint of heart!

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