Hike Temple Canyon

1 Miles Round Trip - 400 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Temple Canyon Park - Search Nearby - Added by Lacie Griego

A beautiful hike down into Temple Canyon along Grape Creek to a gorgeous natural amphitheater known as The Temple. 

Take 1st Ave heading south out of Canon City and you'll come to Temple Canyon Road. You'll take 7 miles of dirt road to Temple Canyon Park. It is free to enter and there is a decent campground there where you can camp for free for up to 14 days. 

The trail begins at Temple Ridge Campground. The trail switchbacks down into the canyon. Once you get down to the creek you continue to the right alone Grape Creek. The trail is not marked but it is worn in pretty well. You'll come to a point where the trail crosses Grape creek and then continues back into a smaller side canyon. The water in Grape Creek was quite cold but less than knee deep. However you should use your best judgement if you can cross the creek safely as water levels can fluctuate. As you hike a short distance into this smaller side canyon you'll round a corner to the right and see the natural amphitheater in the wall of the canyon to your left. This is a short hike at just 1 mile each way but the climb out of the canyon keeps it from being too easy.  


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking


1 Miles
400 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Gary Schmidt

about 2 years ago

Temple canyon

I grew up in cañon city and this was my favorite place made this hike hundreds of times loved it every time