Friday, June 10, 2016
Shelf Road Climbing Area
There are two campgrounds located here Sand Gulch and The Banks.
For more on the rock climbing opportunities Shelf Road offers, click here.
To learn about the history of the area, visit the BLM website.
Lots of discussion of the Shelf experience, both good and bad, on this website.
For the latest Instagram photos tagged #shelfroad: click here.
Directions: From Cañon City, turn right on Dozier Avenue (next to Walmart) and drive 1.6 miles (this will bend left and become Central Ave). Turn right onto Field Avenue and drive 2.2 miles. When you reach the end of Field Ave, merge right onto Red Canyon Road (which will eventually become Garden Park Road) and drive north for 10 miles. You'll first come to the entrance (on your left) to the Sand Gulch Campground. Immediately after that you'll come to another road on your left, turn here and proceed for 1.4 miles (This dirt road was in decent shape when I visited. Still, a high clearance vehicle would probably be best). Immediately after passing The Banks Campground (on your right) you'll come to a parking area. Park here. Roads continue past this point but they are in very rough shape. See map here.
A fun video from some Shelf Road climbers:
this Crag : Shelf Road from Take Slack on Vimeo.