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Great drive from Cripple Creek to Canon City

We started in Cripple Creek in 4wd Ram Power Wagon. We did not need 4wd but it was good having a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Wichita, Kansas
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Was Glad to see the bottom of the town Cripple Creek

We decided to take a short cut from Canon City to Cripple Creek. Low and behold we didn't know... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Diana S
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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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“window rock” (7 reviews)
“canon city” (36 reviews)
Cripple Creek, CO
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Reviewed yesterday 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 5 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
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
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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