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Beautiful drive

This is a very scenic and gorgeouse drive. I would suggest it for anyone who likes to drive unpaved... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cripple Creek, Colorado
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An exhilarating drive with a personal connection history.

We took this drive by “accident” when our GPS directed us from Canon City to Cripple Creek on a... read more

Reviewed October 9, 2018
South Lake Tahoe, California
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Mostly unpaved, this road travels between Cripple Creek and Canon City and promises outstanding views.
Cripple Creek, CO
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very scenic and gorgeouse drive. I would suggest it for anyone who likes to drive unpaved scenic drives and would suggest a 4 wheel or all shell drive vehicle if you have any with you who are scared of heights I would...More

Thank mrmuttley62
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

We took this drive by “accident” when our GPS directed us from Canon City to Cripple Creek on a family history drive through Colorado. This is a perfectly safe drive, but not for the faint of heart. It is narrow with steep drop offs along...More

Thank GarySLT
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

This road has amazing views and can be driven in pretty much any type of vehicle. We took it slow just to take in all the beauty. Fall was the perfect time for viewing some spectacular colors.

Thank RLMansholt
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

This is really fun little drive from Canyon City to Cripple Creek. Dirt road with some narrow turns on moderate cliffs but easy for any car - no 4WD required at all. Amazing views and fantastic ad-hoc camping along the way. Take time in Cripple...More

Thank bambamhunts
Reviewed September 15, 2018

I do not have many problems driving over high places, etc. but this road is over the top. It is a narrow dirt road with cliffs and a 100+ feet drop. There are no rails and pray you do not meet a car because someone...More

1  Thank MIKE C
Reviewed August 27, 2018

If you want a scary drive, this is it! The safer direction is Cripple Creek to Canon City. In that direction you are on the inside of the cliff.

Thank debradd2017
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Shelf Road is a "must do" in the area. I WOULD NOT recommend driving a car on this road. High ground clearance and 4WD is a must. The scenery is BREATHTAKING along this trek. If you are in a hurry to get from Cripple Creek...More

Thank Sam S
Reviewed July 26, 2018

This is a beautiful drive and offers a great variety of scenery, starting in the very desert-like terrain outside Canon City and ascending through multiple vegetation zones as it climbs over 3,000 vertical feet to Cripple Creek. The road is narrow in places and has...More

Thank montanapescado
Reviewed July 22, 2018

We traveled the Shelf Road from Canon City north to Cripple Creek. We took Field Avenue from US 50 in Canon, straight up through residential neighborhoods to the intersection with Red Canyon Road (CR 9). This is paved for about 9-10 miles after that, till...More

2  Thank MikeSteeves
Reviewed June 26, 2018

We just recently returned from having an amazing adventure with Colorado Jeep Tours, Canon City, CO! It was surprising how quickly the 7 hour tour passed. The staff was pleasant and activities were organized from beginning to end. Our guide, Ed, went above and beyond...More

3  Thank lindamounday71
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Shawn W
April 13, 2018|
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Response from Lorna M | Reviewed this property |
They do close the road from time to time when weather is really bad or floods
Cassidy W
February 2, 2018|
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Response from ErnestoandKrista | Reviewed this property |
If you google shelf road, you should be able to find it. Or try your google maps too. You definitely need a 4x4 vehicle during this time of year due to the snow and ice. If the suburban is not 4x4, you’ll have to go super... More
Renee C
March 22, 2017|
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Response from Teresa G | Reviewed this property |
Renee, another thing: If you plan to take Shelf Road, you'll want to ask exactly how to access it from Canon City. It's not hard, it's just that there aren't any signs directing you to it for some reason! And no matter which... More