Shelf Road (9,494′), Royal Gorge

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.

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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)

When entering the road in Cripple Creek there is a sign that recommends a 4×4 or a high clearance vehicle. This sign should not be there. The road is well graded and the only issue would occur if snow or heavy rains hit the area. Any passenger vehicle can easily drive this road in good weather.

A sport climber’s dream with many bolted routes on stable limestone.





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