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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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Beautiful Views

This road has beautiful views. Just be very careful not to drive too fast. You want to take your time and enjoy the trip! Don't go in the winter if it's snowed or icy!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Alyssa D
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This road has beautiful views. Just be very careful not to drive too fast. You want to take your time and enjoy the trip! Don't go in the winter if it's snowed or icy!

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Close to what Apache trail is in Arizona, this one it gets you to Cripple Creek very close to 9500' elevation. The trail is beautiful and with tons of scenic views, The drive is not so exhausting as the Apache trail and one can really enjoy it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

I'm not going to lie, I was expecting it to be a bit more hairy. They said it would take 2 hours but we were done in halt that time. The second portion of the road is paved. It is still a beautiful and scenic drive and well worth doing.

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Thank Imna R
Alamosa, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

We've done this drive, in conjunction with Phantom Canyon Rd (see my review of it too), several times. It is always enjoyable, especially in fall when the aspen trees are in full color. It is an all day trip to do this loop & also visit the historic mining towns of Cripple Creek & Victor. Shelf Rd is the least... More 

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Thank Teresa G
Boulder, Colorado
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

This scenic drive goes from Canon City to Cripple Creek, Colorado. It is a dirt road, through mountainous country. The road in places is single lane, and there are blind corners, so I would not recommend taking trailers, buses, or large campers on it. You should be alert and cautious while driving it. It is a nice look at completely... More 

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Thank Eric H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

This was a great little road for us to get away from everyone. the start of the road is a nice easy road following a creek through the canyon. We stopped a couple of places to take pictures and have a picnic. Then the second half of the trail is more of a cliff road carved into the side of... More 

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Thank Adam P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Fairly short trail yet great view. 4x4 not needed on regular day. I have one but never needed it. If you been on a mountain trail before then it shouldn't be scary as all mountain trails are fairly narrow and have no guard rail, etc. I drove down to canon city via Shelf Road and came back up via Phantom... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Shelf Road has some grand exposures that aren't for the faint of heart, but the scenery is spectacular. We drove it from Canon City to Victor.

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Canon City, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

We have traveled this several times. We often see big horn sheep and other wildlife. It is a very rough, narrow road. Be sure to drive slowly and toot your horn around curves if you can't see ahead. We think it is well worth visiting. Strongly recommend 4WD.

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Vernon, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

My wife and myself have spent a little over a week in Colorado. We have been to Rocky Mountain National Park, drove up to Mt. Evans, drove across Independence Pass, visited Royal Gorge, took a hot air balloon ride, drove up the Pikes Peak and 3 days worth of attractions in the Colorado Springs area. But, the Shelf road combined... More 

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