Shelf Road and Phantom Canyon is a 66 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Penrose, CO that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and off road driving and is accessible from March until November.
off road driving
Mountain Drive from US50 to Goldfields at Victor and Cripple Creek.
We did the Shelf Road portion. Great scenery. Not difficult at all. Tight spaces where it's difficult to pass vehicles.
Easy trail - beautiful scenery. there were picnic areas along the side of the road & restrooms. Great for travelling with children.
This is the first time I drove this road. Fun! Fun! Be careful on these roads. Some areas are narrow so drive within the limits or slower. The view was spectacular! Seen so many places to park and camp. This is were you should have four wheel drive to get down and up the terrain. I'm going again!!!!
The road was closed..
It was a great trip, my wife forgot to check the weather, so halfway in the rain started. Besides the flash flood worries, we loved it!
There is a reason it is called Shelf Road!! We are from ND were you have to drive 100 miles to find a hill and this road scared the bejeebers out of us. No guard rails!! What is up with that?? And the locals drive it like an interstate but to tell the truth we still talk about it with smiles on our faces. Wear your seatbelt!!
The Phanton Canyon trail is an old RR roadbed. We did this loop by going up to Victor/Cripple Creek on Phanton Canyon and back down on the Shelf Road. Nice!
Awesome drive to kills a few hours. Both routes offer a bunch of wildlife to see early in the morning.
A great scenic trail that's suitable for most vehicles. Shelf road can be a little interesting if you're new to backroad driving, but it's still fun. A great way to spend the day in the mountains.