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Address: , Cripple Creek, CO
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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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Awe inspiring Drive

When you visit Cripple Creek you need to drive the shelf road. I use to live off of the Shelf Road on the Wilson Ranch. I can remember a lot of good times driving this road. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
Bev S
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Hutchinson, Minnesota
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Hutchinson, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

When you visit Cripple Creek you need to drive the shelf road. I use to live off of the Shelf Road on the Wilson Ranch. I can remember a lot of good times driving this road. I have gone back every year for the past 25 years, I will continue to go as long as I can. I love it!!!!

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Tipp City, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We traveled Phantom Canyon, and wanted to try this one, too. Both are beautiful, but soooo scary. This view is one of the beautiful views you will see.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Went from Canon City to Cripple Creek on one of the scariest roads we've ever seen. We had done Gold Camp Road years ago, so we weren't worried about this one until we saw the narrow track through the canyons. Rocks hang over the road and the sheer drops are breathtaking. Next time we'll pack our Nerves of Steel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This road is truly very scary and not a safe place to turn around on. You are literally driving on the edge of a shelf. Use caution

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Pascagoula
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

If you love adventure, and getting off the beaten path, you're gonna love this road! Part of the Gold Belt Byway, this mostly gravel, one lane back road thru the canyons will surely get you fired up. We traveled from Florence north to Cripple Creek, although we first tried to take the Phantom Canyon Road, but it was closed due... More 

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Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

must be adventurous to enjoy. i was the only female driver i came across. i am sure it scared the other males on the road. only room for one car, except for the occasionally pull over areas. i wish i had been brave enough to stop and take pictures.

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Midlothian, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This beautiful road is not for the faint of heart. We had gone to Royal Gorge and had a room booked in Cripple Creek. Left out following my navigation on my F250. The pavement ended and a dirt road started. I saw a hand made sign that said Cripple Creek 16 miles and thought well this can't be to bad.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Colorado Summer Vacation Adventure. ...Thrilling. .. we were warned about both the breathtaking beauty and thrill of the Shelf Road..as it had rained and we had a lot of fog for early July so probably missed many great views but it was still a fairly easy drive just use caution take it slow ..and enjoy. .. !

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Just when I thought things couldn't get more beautiful, it did! I am in love with the area and would love to live somewhere with this kind of scenery.

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Galesburg, Illinois
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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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