Shelf Road / Gold Belt Tour

EASY 13 reviews

Shelf Road / Gold Belt Tour is a 26.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Florissant, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and off road driving and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

26.3 miles
2162 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

off road driving

scenic driving



Scenic route from Cripple Creek to Canon City.

8 days ago

off road driving
15 days ago

Beautiful Drive! 2wd the entire way during the summer. Highly Recommended for sightseeing.

scenic driving
2 months ago

I've driven this road a couple times and have always gone from Cripple Creek to Canon City. It is a great drive and very scenic thru here. Especially in the spring when there's lots of water in the creeks and rivers. Both times I've done it, 2 wheel drive vehicles were no problem. The dirt road is in really good shape. A nice, off the beaten path road trip

scenic driving
9 months ago

Fun drive. I didn't do the whole thing. But still very pretty. And lots of places to go along the road.

11 months ago

off road driving
11 months ago

A very fun drive. If I was to drive it again, I'd start in Canon city and drive north up to Cripple Creek.


off road driving
Monday, September 01, 2014

Very cool drive. We did it in a friends Rubicon yesterday. Went down from Cripple Creek, then back up as the sun was setting. It was an easy drive saw many 2wd vehicles. Took awesome pictures!

off road driving
Monday, September 02, 2013

Shelf Road is a great drive with amazing views. I did it in a Wrangler, but saw
several 2wd vehicles on the road as well. Washboard and ruts may make a normal suspension a bit uncomfortable, but I believe it's doable when the road is dry.

off road driving
Friday, March 01, 2013

We did this trail in combination with the Phantom Canyon Trail. We drove up Phantom Canyon, which is an old railroad bed to Victor/Cripple Creek, and down the Shelf Road. In dry weather, one could easily do this in a 2WD vehicle. Very nice mountain drive!

off road driving
Thursday, July 12, 2012

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.

off road driving
Monday, May 09, 2011

Not bad at all, it's really easy, unless you get off Shelf road, overall, very scenic and fun for exploring.

off road driving
Wednesday, December 08, 2010

The trail is rated off road. It was rough but I made it in a two wheel drive car. I started at Cripple Creek and drove to hwy 50. Nice scenic drive. Go slow and enjoy, its a rough ride anyway.

scenic driving
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Nice scenic drive after all this rain. Everything is really green. Keep an eye out for oncoming traffic with this narrow road.