One of Colorado’s largest sport climbing destinations, Shelf Road offers a multitude of stellar rock climbs on some fascinating Limestone cliffs. These 30-140 foot cliffs were deposited in the Helena Canyon area around 500 million years ago during the Ordovician Period. Keep your eye out for sea creature fossils embedded in the bulletproof stone!
Shelf is great at any time of year. With so many cliff options you can find ample sun or shade climbs at any of the major climbing areas. All areas have an approach of at least a 1/4 mile or more, so wear good hiking shoes that will stand up to the cactus of the high desert. Also, due to higher temperatures in the summer, always bring a little more water than you think you will need. Watch out for rattlesnakes in the summer and always wear a helmet because even though many of the climbs get a lot of use and have been cleaned, loose rock exists!