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Shelf Road

Shelf Road

ELEVATION: 6,800 feet – 8,000 feet

LOCATION: 10 miles north of Cañon City

ALLOWED USES: Motorized and non-motorized
MILES OF TRAIL: 30 miles

Jeep Driving on road at Shelf Road

TYPES OF TRAIL: Primarily Two-track roads, 2 miles of singletrack, ½ mile of ATV trail

SEASON: Fall, winter and spring

FACILITIES: restrooms, parking, information kiosk, campground


CAMPING: Camping is allowed only in the designated campground in the Shelf Road area. There are plenty of public lands in nearby areas that are available for dispersed camping. When dispersed camping please only camp in existing sites and do not create new sites or fire rings. Contact the BLM office for information on current fire bans and please follow all fire restrictions. 

DIRECTIONS: From U.S. Hwy 50 in Cañon City, you can turn north onto Dozier Street (at Wal-Mart) or head North on Raynolds.  Travel north on either road as both will curve to the left and intersect Field Avenue.

Turn north (right) on Field and travel on this two-lane road for about five miles. It will join Fremont County Road 9 (also called Red Canyon Road) at a “Y” intersection.  From here, continue north for 9.4 miles. You will see two roads on the left before the road you are traveling on turns to dirt. The second left takes you to trailheads and the Banks Campground. You will see an informational kiosk and trailer parking along with a corral. A trail starts here. You can also travel for another 1.25 miles on the dirt road and park in the day-use area. Please note that trailers are not advised on the stretch of road above the trailer parking and corrals and the day-use parking is often full with limited space to park and turn around trailer.

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