Florence's 20-block downtown has a grocery and drug store, as well as a local art center and a remarkable collection of antique stores. Just west of town hangs the world's highest suspension bridge, the Royal Gorge Bridge as well as the town of Cañon City. Find things to do at the Royal Gorge.

Outdoor activities include rafting or fishing along the Arkansas River, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing and mountain biking on rugged dirt roads. Four-wheel driving is popular on Independence Trail, Shelf Road, Phantom Canyon Road and Skyline Drive between Florence and Colorado Springs.

Sign up for guided llama trekking and overnight camp trips in the surrounding mountain areas. For an all-natural adventure, bring your birthday suit to the nearby Desert Reef Hot Spring.

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