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A Great Drive for Any Car

This is really fun little drive from Canyon City to Cripple Creek. Dirt road with some narrow... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Magnolia, Texas
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Not for the faint of heart is an understatement

I do not have many problems driving over high places, etc. but this road is over the top. It is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Purcell, Oklahoma
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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 6 days ago 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 1 week ago

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

Thank mikecagle
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

1  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
Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

Decided to go on that road right after trip to Mollie Kathleen mine - didn’t expect that WOW factor- buy I was wrong . Turned out to be one of the most breathtaking drive we’ve ever done on any continent. After 10 day in Colorado...More

Thank Roadram
Reviewed June 17, 2018

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

1  Thank TXcousin
Reviewed June 8, 2018 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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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