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Outstanding Views & Fun Too

Where do I begin? This is both scary (I'm afraid of heights) and fun. It is a one lane dirt road... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2017
Savannah, Tennessee
The highlight of our Colorado Springs trip

The two hours from Cripple Creek driving down this road was the highlight of our trip. The views... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2017
Keith S
Leesburg, Virginia
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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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“canon city” (39 reviews)
“wheel drive” (11 reviews)
“window rock” (7 reviews)
Cripple Creek, CO
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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
Reviewed 1 July 2017

The two hours from Cripple Creek driving down this road was the highlight of our trip. The views were amazing. We saw lots of animals and although the signs said 4WD our rented Impala handled it all with ease. Drive this road and fall in...More

2  Thank Keith S
Reviewed 14 June 2017

There is a dirt road just out of town with a small sign showing the name of the road (see picture). It is just past the RV park as you head out of town on Highway 67. The drive is about 1 hour (including a...More

1  Thank NavG
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Everyone said it was so scarey and others said it was a 4 wheel drive only road-wrong! The road had patches of washboard like any dirt road but otherwise it was just fine. The scenery was nice and yes it was high up but no...More

2  Thank junim00n
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Go down to Cripple Creek, take a left on 2nd street and soon you will see a small white sign that says Shelf Road. It warns you at the entrance that they recommend 4wd high clearance vehicles, but if the weather is clear and the...More

1  Thank highlandertx
Reviewed 10 May 2017

We drove up and down this dirt road between Cripple Creek and Canon a few times in May 2017. There are a few really narrow spots but nothing to worry about. Four wheel drive is nice but not mandatory. The south part of the drive...More

Thank Joe C
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Cripple Creek is a must see, if you are near Colorado Springs. Great little scenic town, but the drive is very stressful. The locals tail gate you on hairpin turns and steep inclines. Even if you are going the posted speed, they bully you. We...More

Thank Shelly H
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

What a pleasant surprise this drive us. I live about 60 miles away and had never done this drive. I likes it better than Rampart Range rd. Very beautiful. Amazing rock formations, nice streams with small waterfalls too. It took us about 3 hrs from...More

Thank gwengweed
Reviewed 21 February 2017

AMAZING journey with my son on this road right before the sunset. We saw things that was pure eye candy. Cows in the middle of nowhere, breathtaking views, cliffs that you drive right on the edge.... omg. we were freaking out but loved every second....More

Thank Christina R
Reviewed 9 February 2017

A very beautiful drive, but certainly a little nerve wracking as some of the curves are unprotected and you're like feet from the edge driving along the road. No pictures were taken! lol

1  Thank Bernardo F
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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

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