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My family and I really enjoyed this drive! It was thrilling but above all, it was breathtaking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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A surprise trip

When we left Canon City, we decided to take County Road 9, not realizing it was actually going to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I really enjoyed this drive! It was thrilling but above all, it was breathtaking! My husband was driving a 4 wheel drive Chevy truck and thank goodness! He had to stop just so he could take in the beauty otherwise he was...More

Thank ErnestoandKrista
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When we left Canon City, we decided to take County Road 9, not realizing it was actually going to become Shelf Road! We were a bit apprehensive when the pavement ended and the dirt began, but are so glad we kept going. We didn't encounter...More

Thank pandasgirl1009
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Decide to take this road back home to Oklahoma from leaving Cripple Creak. The road is pretty narrow in some spots but the views are so worth it

Thank Elizabeth L
Reviewed 9 October 2017 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 23 September 2017

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 29 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 14 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
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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
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