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7 of the World’s Scariest Roads (Slideshow)

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6. Skippers Road, New Zealand

Skippers Road was built in 1890, so that gold miners could bring heavy machinery into Skippers Canyon. Today, the road is hardly changed from how it was back then: the rock that the road is built upon is so soft that maintaining the road is a losing battle. The road tends to turn into dust as soon as it’s dry, and greasy mud the moment it rains. Closer to the canyon, you can (carefully) drive across a one-lane suspension bridge, and imagine what it would have been like traveling through the area on foot or with a horse.

Photo Credit: YSander (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Molly Allison-Baker

Molly is a nature and travel enthusiast who is passionate about endangered languages, natural history, and women's and LGBT issues. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, reading, and hanging out with her three cats.

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2:35AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Thanks

3:01PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

id love to walk that lat one. wow

4:49AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Goodness, they sure are scary.

5:20PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Wow....these roads make the theme parks I've visited in the past few years seem pretty tame!!

11:18AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

spectacular! I would say Needles Highway made my hair stand on end, also, the switchback roads in Alaska, in March, made me pull my hat over my eyes and pray.

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8:39AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

I would NEVER drive on one of these roads! They are all scarry except the one in Russia which just a mud trail. I wouldn't drive on it either.

8:25AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

oh wow- scary...

4:30AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

thanks for sharing

1:02PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

wow, thanks for sharing.

11:00AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

I'll take scared roads over stupid drivers.

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