Cañon City

Cañon City is an ideal destination for anyone looking to experience the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Surrounded by breathtaking natural attractions and year-round outdoor activities, Cañon City is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Climbers can take their pick from 80 routes on incredible granite walls at Tanner Dome Crags, 11 miles south of the city. Hiking trails wind through canyons and mountain passes, offering spectacular views of the surrounding area. 

Just north of Cañon City, hikers can explore Red Canyon Park, 600 acres of red-rock formations and vertical spires. Mountain bikers should check out the extensive trail systems in the area, like Hogbacks Open Space, where trails weave through junipers and pinyon pines and vary from beginner to advanced. 

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park boasts one of the highest suspension bridges in the United States, which offers stunning views from more than 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River along with high-adrenaline thrills for the whole family. 

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad takes passengers on a 24-mile breathtaking journey through the stunning gorge for which it’s named. Dine on board and even participate in the Murder Mystery Train, where you get to solve a crime. In winter months, don’t miss the Santa Express and Holiday Train. 

West of Cañon City, discover the wonders of the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience, where real dinosaur fossils are on display. Rich in history, this attraction is fascinating to kids and adults alike. Find multiple options to get your heart pumping on a zipline ride through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With several add-on options like the zip and sip (zipline and drinks) or scenic guided hikes and aerial courses, this is an experience to remember in the Royal Gorge Region.

With its close proximity to Colorado Springs and Denver, Cañon City's location makes it the perfect day trip. Visit the walkable, historical downtown for shopping, restaurants, and galleries. Check out the latest exhibit at the Fremont Center for the Arts and explore the local arts and history. 

For a ride with a side of adventure, tour Skyline Drive, a paved route that takes you to the top of a ridge overlooking Cañon City. Be prepared for the hundred-foot drops on either side of the road, making this drive a hair-raising thrill. End the day with a wine tasting at the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, where you'll find award-winning Colorado wine.


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