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This is a beautiful drive

that takes you fro. Canon city into Victor. It is a great drive if you are headed to Cripple Creek... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2018
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Beautiful drive

This is a very scenic and gorgeouse drive. I would suggest it for anyone who likes to drive unpaved... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
Cripple Creek, Colorado
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Mostly unpaved, this road travels between Cripple Creek and Canon City and promises outstanding views.
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Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

that takes you fro. Canon city into Victor. It is a great drive if you are headed to Cripple Creek. Another of the great two way traffic roads that are single lane...lol. If the side of a mountain dirt road...with traffic coming out you makes...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

This is a very scenic and gorgeouse drive. I would suggest it for anyone who likes to drive unpaved scenic drives and would suggest a 4 wheel or all shell drive vehicle if you have any with you who are scared of heights I would...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank mrmuttley62
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

We took this drive by “accident” when our GPS directed us from Canon City to Cripple Creek on a family history drive through Colorado. This is a perfectly safe drive, but not for the faint of heart. It is narrow with steep drop offs along...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank GarySLT
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

This road has amazing views and can be driven in pretty much any type of vehicle. We took it slow just to take in all the beauty. Fall was the perfect time for viewing some spectacular colors.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RLMansholt
Reviewed 16 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bambamhunts
Reviewed 15 September 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

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.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank debradd2017
Reviewed 27 August 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sam S
Reviewed 26 July 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

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank montanapescado
Reviewed 22 July 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

Date of experience: July 2018
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Shawn W
13 April 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
3 February 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
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