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Address: Cripple Creek, CO

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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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... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 Cripple creek to Canon City with several stops. Loved our day!

Thank gwengweed
Johnston, Rhode Island, United States
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195 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
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. WE talk about this road all the time and we have a fun video of... More 

Thank Christina R
New York City, New York
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5,141 reviews
2,611 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 703 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 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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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

This is a beautiful drive from Canyon City north to Cripple Creek through a winding canyon. Be aware there are several areas of the road that are very narrow and look straight down into the canyon from the "shelf road".

1 Thank rickm522
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This road has beautiful views. Just be very careful not to drive too fast. You want to take your time and enjoy the trip! Don't go in the winter if it's snowed or icy!

Thank Alyssa D
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1,425 reviews
1,078 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Close to what Apache trail is in Arizona, this one it gets you to Cripple Creek very close to 9500' elevation. The trail is beautiful and with tons of scenic views, The drive is not so exhausting as the Apache trail and one can really enjoy it.

Thank thor2705
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 28 October 2016

I'm not going to lie, I was expecting it to be a bit more hairy. They said it would take 2 hours but we were done in halt that time. The second portion of the road is paved. It is still a beautiful and scenic drive and well worth doing.

Thank Imna R
Alamosa, Colorado
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73 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

We've done this drive, in conjunction with Phantom Canyon Rd (see my review of it too), several times. It is always enjoyable, especially in fall when the aspen trees are in full color. It is an all day trip to do this loop & also visit the historic mining towns of Cripple Creek & Victor. Shelf Rd is the least... More 

1 Thank Teresa G
Boulder, Colorado
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107 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This scenic drive goes from Canon City to Cripple Creek, Colorado. It is a dirt road, through mountainous country. The road in places is single lane, and there are blind corners, so I would not recommend taking trailers, buses, or large campers on it. You should be alert and cautious while driving it. It is a nice look at completely... More 

Thank Eric H
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 10 October 2016

This was a great little road for us to get away from everyone. the start of the road is a nice easy road following a creek through the canyon. We stopped a couple of places to take pictures and have a picnic. Then the second half of the trail is more of a cliff road carved into the side of... More 

Thank Adam P

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