Shelf Road Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway is a dirt road easily passable with 2WD vehicles in good weather. It follows the old stagecoach route between Cripple Creek and Canon City built in 1892. It twists along Fourmile Creek, with long bands of limestone towering above and below the road. The limestone cliffs make Shelf Road a popular sports climbing area.
Rating: Easy 2WD
Road: Fremont County Road 9 (also called Red Canyon Road)
One-way: 23 miles / 37 km
Elevation: 9,494′ – 5,331′ (4,163′) / 2,894m – 1,625m (1,269m)