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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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Best parts of this road trip were on the way to and through and out of Cripple Creek. Incredible place.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Galesburg, Illinois
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Best parts of this road trip were on the way to and through and out of Cripple Creek. Incredible place.

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Colorado, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

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
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

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
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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Address: Cripple Creek, CO
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Cripple Creek

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