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Address: Cripple Creek, CO
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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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No need for 4x4

Gorgeous scenery on this well-maintained gravel road. This is a must while in Cripple Creek. We traveled down to Canon City & then came back on Phantom Road. Yes, it's narrow but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Sandra R
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Lake Conroe, TX
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Lake Conroe, TX
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Gorgeous scenery on this well-maintained gravel road. This is a must while in Cripple Creek. We traveled down to Canon City & then came back on Phantom Road. Yes, it's narrow but there are areas where you can pass or let cars pass you. There was never a problem with other vehicles on the road & you don't need a... More 

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Thank Sandra R
West Chester, Ohio
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51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a long and awesome gravel road with twists and turns and very little room once you get to the actual Shelf section. If you like excitement this is the route from Canon City to Cripple Creek!!

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1 Thank twistedgn
Wilmington, Delaware
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31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome, awesome, awesome! First of all, the road is not marked well coming out of Cripple Creek. It is a few hundred feet after you pass District Supply. The street sign does not say Shelf road. You will see a sign on the road showing a hiking trail to the right and a dirt road forking off. A little down... More 

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2 Thank Matthew Y
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27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This road has great views! It is a little scary in parts especially when there is on coming traffic. It really is a pretty place to visit. The trip does take over an hour if you go slow like we did.

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Thank Elisabeth P
Cincinnati, Ohio
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227 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quite the experience driving Shelf Road - a one lane, two-way dirt road on the side of a cliff with blind corners. I took my time, but the locals were going significantly faster. Some really unbelievable scenery. My wife enjoyed it more than Phantom Canyon Road.

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1 Thank skline2
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Shelf Road was the first wagon and stagecoach route to link the Cripple Creek and Victor golf fields with the Arkansas River Valley and cities of the Front Range. It also is the first road that my wife wouldn't drive with me. Yes, it can be scary. But, truth be told, you don't need a four-wheel drive vehicle to... More 

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1 Thank Taylor B
Canon City, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

this is a must.At least once. lots of old historic road to eventually get to Cripple Creek or from there to Canon City or Florence.I recommend that you take this road from Cripple Creek Area to florence-canon city as you will be on the inside of the road the last mile or so that is literally a shelf and drops... More 

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Thank Freia B
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

first myth, you do not need a four-wheel drive. Drove it the end of may, pay attention for on coming cars where you can pull off to let them pass. was surprised how bad others said it would be. take it easy and enjoy the scenery. the entrance is easy to miss coming out of Cripple Creek. As soon as... More 

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Thank Earl1012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

I love Shelf Road, my wife doesn't. To me it's exciting and intriguing to drive where stage coaches road decades ago. For my wife it's a white knuckle hell.

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Thank Richard L
Canon City, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Back gravel road with an extreme drop off in some places. It's very narrow in some spots and 2 vehicle can't go thru. But completely awesome views and quite the experience!!!!

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