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awsome driving

this was so much fun in a 4x4, the scenery is to die for. highly recommended the driver make sure... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lisalovesit
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Beautiful Backcountry Road

As nature fanatics, my husband and I are always looking for the "road less traveled." Shelf Road is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sherri H
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Mostly unpaved, this road travels between Cripple Creek and Canon City and promises outstanding views.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good17%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“wheel drive” (11 reviews)
“canon city” (39 reviews)
“window rock” (7 reviews)
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Cripple Creek, CO
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank Lisalovesit
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As nature fanatics, my husband and I are always looking for the "road less traveled." Shelf Road is definitely one of those roads. I don't think it is as "scary" as some reviewers say, but you do need to use some caution and common sense...More

Thank Sherri H
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Wow-this drive offers spectacular scenery, amazing geology (buy the geologic guide), exciting driving (but doable in a 2WD car), and lots of wildlife. Get off the interstate and see the real Colorado

Thank RLaurenceDavis
Reviewed 28 August 2017

I went from the dinosaur digs at Garden Bar up to Cripple Creek. The area is beautiful and the vistas tremendous. Realize that for a portion of the road it is single lane. Best to avoid weekends and try to travel on a weekday when...More

Thank Alan N
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

We started in Cripple Creek in 4wd Ram Power Wagon. We did not need 4wd but it was good having a higher clearance vehicle. The road was not as bad as I was expecting. I will definitely take this road again as we missed a...More

Thank stewbrew
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We decided to take a short cut from Canon City to Cripple Creek. Low and behold we didn't know that "Unpaved Road" meant driving on the end of a one lane road up and down thru the mountains. Than we came upon the small bridge...More

Thank Diana S
Reviewed 13 August 2017

About a year ago, we went to the Cripple Creek Heritage Center (a great visit if you haven't been there). In it were numerous displays, one on the dinosaurs discovered just south of Cripple Creek. We've lived in Colorado Springs for over 40 years and...More

Thank MikeB1952
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Forget Royal Gorge, this is a must see drive. It's a dirt road and was in good enough shape that cars could do it when we did. Way off the beaten path, great views.

Thank jhvcpa
Reviewed 3 August 2017

We traveled by car in August with 2 kids. The scenery was beautiful and I took lots of pictures. We wondered at first if we were on the right road! We picnicked on the finishing side and there was a table and vault toilets.

1  Thank swatkins7485
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Where do I begin? This is both scary (I'm afraid of heights) and fun. It is a one lane dirt road thru some of the most beautiful views & rock formations in the area. There are a few pull over areas if another vehicle is...More

1  Thank Savannah38372
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Renee C
22 March 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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itwasfunwhileitlaste
29 December 2015|
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Response from YankeeMiss | Reviewed this property |
I would imagine that the road is open in winter, since there is/are a house or two. However (and I should probably have used CAPS), first, I'd call Teller county roads dept. for conditions and secondly, I'd make sure I had... More
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