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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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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
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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89 reviews 89 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Senior Contributor
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Hays, Kansas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

If you are on the fence about taking the Shelf Road to Canon CIty... Get off and go for a wonderful drive through the back country. I read reviews of people saying that you needed a 4 wheel drive vehicle to take the road, and while I can see that if there was snow or something like that, but this... More

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Dallas, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

The road was single lane with areas that you can pull over to allow oncoming traffic to pass. There are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the view and hike or just walk around. the average speed is 15 to 20 mph, so figure a couple of hours in the car. The scenery was incredible. We only saw 3... More

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