Shelf Road Outside Canon City Climbing

Be careful not to get sandbagged at Shelf, where the dead vertical limestone sport climbs will seem twice as long as they are. Shelf is known for stout grades, so get a few under your feet before venturing into unknown territory.

Climbing in the high desert is a draw, but the Cactus Cliff classics will keep you entertained year around with about 150 climbs ranging from 5.8 to 5.12. Cactus Cliff is regarded as a moderate climber’s dream; you’ll tie into a climb just 20 minutes from the car.

Shelf Road is located in Colorado's "banana belt" south of Colorado Springs near Canon City. Because of its location and the fact that many of the crags face south, this area is a prime winter climbing destination. Nothing beats being able to climb in a T-shirt in the middle of February, especially when other parts of the state are bitter cold or snow covered. It's like a mini oasis of summer right when you need it most.

Shelf offers literally hundreds of climbs to choose from at all grades. All climbs are long, safe and well bolted on solid limestone.

Crimpers, pockets and edges with excellent friction abound. The approach to the various cliffs is short and pleasant, and the camping quite nice. The view is also spectacular.


Gastoned Again 5.9+ Located on The Gym wall. Super fun very long route with, you guessed it, lots of gastons.

The Raw and The Roasted 5.11b Located on The Gym wall right next to Gastoned Again. Super fun face climbing.

Dihedrus 5.10c Located on Cactus Cliff wall. Nice dihedral with stemming and fun sustained climbing

Blackmans Burden 5.10b/c Located on Cactus Cliff wall. Engaging movement

I Claudius 5.11a/b Located on Cactus Cliff wall. An actual crack climb amongst all the face routes.

Unusual Weather 5.11c Located on The Bank formation. Super fun,long, nice crack at the top.

Suburbia 5.10a Located on the Sand Gultch wall. Excellent, sustained long route in the morning sun.

Love Pump 5.10c Located on The Menses Prow Formation. After a hard start, fun face moves.

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