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Carved into Colorado's canyon walls in 1892, Shelf Road is a historic offroad trail that inspiringly explores the state's past and natural beauty. Once a pivotal route for freight and stagecoaches, the trail features scenery including striking limestone formations like the Window Rock, often visited by Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. Drivers navigating the heart-pounding shelf portion are treated to stunning valley views and dramatic drop-offs. When paired with Phantom Canyon Road, adventurers can explore a substantial stretch of the Gold Belt Tour, a scenic byway that encapsulates the 1890s Colorado gold rush. Shelf Road weaves together history, heart-stopping off-road adventure, and the awe-inspiring wilderness, offering an unforgettable Colorado experience.
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