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Worth it.

Like others who have reviewed here, I wanted a scenic route to Cripple Creek from Canon City. Was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
TXcousin
,
TX
White knuckled

Started off as very bumpy road from cripple creek to canon city. Roads smoothed out some but still... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tim G
,
West Chester, Pennsylvania
via mobile
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Mostly unpaved, this road travels between Cripple Creek and Canon City and promises outstanding views.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good16%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“wheel drive” (13 reviews)
“canon city” (40 reviews)
“blind corners” (4 reviews)
LOCATION
Cripple Creek, CO
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Reviewed yesterday

Like others who have reviewed here, I wanted a scenic route to Cripple Creek from Canon City. Was surprised when it turned into a gravel road, and oh boy, yes, it is scenic. We made the trip in a two wheel drive car, no real...More

Thank TXcousin
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Started off as very bumpy road from cripple creek to canon city. Roads smoothed out some but still needed to go very slow. Great scenary. Love roads less traveled and non-touristy places but this was extreme. After what seemed 20 miles of slow and I...More

Thank Tim G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am not sure how many journeys I have taken down this, it was a staple of my childhood, all I can say is make sure you are a stable and calm driver. Plan bathroom breaks well in advance, and make sure you have all...More

Thank beccaleerobinson
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must do side trip, I would highly encourage anyone to pack a picnic and enjoy the views. Would be a good idea to do a little historic research prior in order to fully appreciate it.

Thank northamericantes
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Reviewed March 9, 2018

Navigation sent us on this road. It was a clear summer day. We were surprised when the road changed to a narrow dirt road with not much warning. I was scared the whole way. The road is too narrow with no rails. The drop offs...More

5  Thank EB6575
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Reviewed February 22, 2018 via mobile

I love this road it’s my favorite Way to get to Cripplecreek The scenery is beautiful you pretty much follow us little stream all the way if you take this road just drive safe be careful people committed optics a directions are normally pretty friendly...More

Thank Lorna M
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Reviewed January 5, 2018 via mobile

My family and I really enjoyed this drive! It was thrilling but above all, it was breathtaking! My husband was driving a 4 wheel drive Chevy truck and thank goodness! He had to stop just so he could take in the beauty otherwise he was...More

Thank ErnestoandKrista
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Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

When we left Canon City, we decided to take County Road 9, not realizing it was actually going to become Shelf Road! We were a bit apprehensive when the pavement ended and the dirt began, but are so glad we kept going. We didn't encounter...More

1  Thank pandasgirl1009
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Reviewed October 18, 2017 via mobile

Decide to take this road back home to Oklahoma from leaving Cripple Creak. The road is pretty narrow in some spots but the views are so worth it

Thank Elizabeth L
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Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

this was so much fun in a 4x4, the scenery is to die for. highly recommended the driver make sure to take plenty of stops and get out and wander.

1  Thank Lisalovesit
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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
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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
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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
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