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Cañon City, Colorado

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  • Cañon City, Colorado

    Drive Skyline Drive

    5.0
    Skyline drive is a one way scenic roadway mainly going north to south. The 3 mile drive takes you about 800 feet above Cañon City. It starts on the west side of 50, and ends in a residential neighborhood southwest of where it begins. There are multiple pull offs on the right and left side of the...
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  • Cañon City, Colorado

    Hike Tunnel Drive

    3.8 mi / 521 ft gain
    This 3.8 mile out and back trail is a very easy hike but can have moderate to high foot traffic depending on the season and time of day. I recommend doing this hike early in the morning to not only beat the heat, but to beat the other hikers. What I love about this hike is the chance to see the t...
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  • Cañon City, Colorado

    Hike Temple Canyon

    5.0
    1 mi / 400 ft gain
    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 tr...
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  • Cañon City, Colorado

    Royal Gorge Bridge

    3.5
    3.3 mi
    The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is located in Canon City which is about an hour outside Colorado Springs. Once you get there, it's a $26 entrance fee per person. The park is dog and family friendly. You can walk across the bridge, take the gondola, or zip line across. Taking the gondola and of c...
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  • Penrose, Colorado

    Phantom Canyon Road

    29.51 mi / 4852 ft gain
    Phantom Canyon Road is a point-to-point trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Penrose, Colorado.
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  • 4402 Garden Park Road, Colorado

    Mountain Bike at Oil Well Flats

    13 mi / 1200 ft gain
    The Basics: Picture this: Winter on Colorado's Front Range. It snowed yesterday. You're stir crazy because today it's 60 degrees and sunny outside, but the trails are a muddy mess! Cue Oil Well Flats. Located just an hour outside of Colorado Springs, this trail network rarely sees precipitation, ...
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  • Cañon City, Colorado

    Shelf Road

    5.0
    Shelf Road, which was once a toll road from Cripple Creek to Canon City, is now a maintained dirt road that most high clearance two wheel drive cars can make.  It will take over an hour to travel the 25 miles or so, and it can be completed going from north to south or the opposite.  I will explai...
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  • Cañon City, Colorado

    Climb at Shelf Road

    4.4
    1.5 mi / 400 ft gain
    Shelf Road is secluded, rural, and has great climbing. There are so many areas to choose from and it has a great diversity of route levels (mostly sport routes). My personal favorite area is "The Gallery" and "The Bank." Everyone is friendly and gives each other a hand.Sand Gulch Campground, righ...
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  • Teller County, Colorado

    Backpack to the Abandoned Skagway Power Plant and Ghost Town

    3.5
    10 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Construction of the Skagway Plant began in 1899 and was complete in 1901. In 1965, 15 days of rain brought floods washing out a lot of the pipeline and other infrastructure. Fixing the power plant didn’t make sense and funds weren’t in place. The land was reverted to the government. The hike b...
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  • Cripple Creek, Colorado

    Drive Gold Camp Road

    4.3
    5 mi
    Gold Camp Road is a road that begins near Bear Creek Regional park. As you drive up the winding road, the road will turn to dirt. Continue driving down the dirt road, turn the corner and BAM, you're hit with some mountain views that will take your breath away. As you continue to drive Gold camp r...
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  • Guffey, Colorado

    Take a Dip in Paradise Cove

    4.5
    From Colorado Springs, follow RT 24 to the town of Florissant (34.5 miles). From Florissant, follow Teller County Road 1 south for about 9.2 miles, until a Y fork, and bear right, into County Road 11. Follow County Road 11 for 4.1 miles, until a T intersection, and make a right turn at the inters...
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  • Pueblo, Colorado

    Catch Sunset on the North Shore Pueblo Reservoir

    1.0
    The sunset is great all around the park, but if you're looking for a bit of an adventure and one of my favorite unknown spots follow along below: Entering the North entrance of the park turn right onto the gravel road right before entering the park gates. Continue down the gravel road through the...
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  • Manitou Springs, Colorado

    Hike to Mt. Rosa

    4.8
    3.7 mi / 1322 ft gain
    To get to the trailhead start on Old Stage Rd. After 11 miles turn right onto Forest Service Rd 379. This is a 4WD road. A small/large SUV, or truck should do the trick, nothing too crazy though. Drive on FS 379 for 1.5 miles until you come to an open field on the right known as Frosty Park. Ther...
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  • Divide, Colorado

    Snowshoeing to Sentinel Point

    8 mi
    Sentinel Point is an appropriately-named 12,527-foot rockpile standing watch over the broad shoulder of the Pikes Peak massif. Rarely visited, especially in winter, you are almost guaranteed solitude on this high mountain snowshoeing adventure.Beginning at the Horsethief Park trailhead off CO Ro...
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  • Divide, Colorado

    Hike to Horsethief Falls and Pancake Rocks

    4.8
    7.6 mi / 1400 ft gain
    Horsethief Falls and Pancake Rocks can be found on the west side of Pikes Peak, so if you want to get away from the crowds and the city, put this trail on your to do list.Most of the trail runs through the forest, which makes this an excellent candidate for hiking in July and August when the summ...
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  • 10746-11764 Greenhorn Highway, Colorado

    Explore Bishop Castle

    4.0
    0.25 mi / 26 ft gain
    This adventure is a unique experience, perfect for the off seasons. Park along the highway on CO-165 in Rye, Colorado, cross the street and walk into the largest one man project in the USA. You’ll enter under the grand front gate and follow the path that leads to the castle. There you’ll find mul...
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Camping and Lodging in Cañon City

Royal Gorge / Canon City KOA Holiday
Cañon City, Colorado

Royal Gorge / Canon City KOA Holiday

Sand Gulch Campground
Cañon City, Colorado

Sand Gulch Campground

Cripple Creek KOA Holiday
Cripple Creek, Colorado

Cripple Creek KOA Holiday

Davenport Campground
Custer County, Colorado

Davenport Campground

Alvarado Campground
Westcliffe, Colorado

Alvarado Campground

Colorado Springs KOA Holiday
Fountain, Colorado

Colorado Springs KOA Holiday

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