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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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Have taken the road with visitors numerous times. The trip is always the highlight of their visit. Very seldom have I encountered other vehicles making the trip even more special.

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 25, 2015
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135 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Have taken the road with visitors numerous times. The trip is always the highlight of their visit. Very seldom have I encountered other vehicles making the trip even more special.

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Thank Eatingd
Wisconsin
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

I thought the road was super, super scary, but the spectacular scenery made it worth the trip. The really bad, scary 'shelf' part is when you come from near Canon City heading toward Cripple Creek. When you are going this way, you will be on the outer edge of the shelf. Once we got on it, we were committed, and... More 

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Thank Jaoci1
Sabetha, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Traveled this road in July 2015 and the scenery was awesome. Postcard Photo op's around every corner. Perfect cruise for our jeep with the top down. Road was not too rough or hairy. The shelf section still had ample room to maneuver.

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Thank Chuckie7979
Yorba Linda, California
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53 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

many reviews speak to the complexity of the road and its plenty wide for a full sized pick up that i was driving and still room that you didn't feel close to the edge. the views were great but Phantom Ranch was way better, then again making a loop is always better than driving the same road twice. Once i... More 

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Thank surban22
Houston, Texas
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

this back road is a thrill a minute. Around every curve is a new sight to enjoy. You don't have to have 4x4 to run this road but it's a good idea.Unbelievable scenery around every turn.

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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

This is for sure something I only care to take once in my life. The views are breath taking, but left me scared at times. A must see though if you want some true Colorado beauty.

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Pueblo West, Colorado
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Although I have seen cars going up Shelf Road, I would not attempt this unless I was in a 4x4 with appropriate clearance. The road is very narrow in places with severe drop offs. A short cut to Cripple Creek from Canon City, but the drive will take you some time. Spring or fall is the best time for this... More 

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Florence, Colorado
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72 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is such a beautiful drive and ends up in either Cripple Creek or Victor. A lot of history up and down this roadway and shelf road will test your abilities to handle heights. Super narrow roadway in places. But well worth the trip....just take your time and enjoy.

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Thank Philip Q
Freeburg, Illinois
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

This road is a mountainous one-lane unpaved gravel/dirt road. There are a few pull offs, so that another car can get by. But there are no guard rails and huge drop-offs. You must be very comfortable and safe driving these type of roads. If you are, then this is a must see.

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Thank Nunya71
Denham Springs, Louisiana
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We drove from Canon City to Cripple Creek and that was a beautiful drive. We had a nice prime rib dinner at the newest casino in town and decided to drive back on Shelf Road. The entrance on that end is right outside of Cripple Creek but of course we missed it and drove to Victor and had to go... More 

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