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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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Wow! This hidden gem is truly breathtaking!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Pascagoula
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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
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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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 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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36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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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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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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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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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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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Address: Cripple Creek, CO
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Cripple Creek

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