Caņon City Attractions
Visiting the following attractions will highlight your visit to the Caņon City area.

 
Caņon City Chamber of Commerce: The Canon City Chamber of Commerce is a very busy organization providing you with information on the area, annual events and much more: www.CanonCityChamber.com (800) 876-7922

 

Caņon City Public Library - The library is located in a historic building downtown at 516 Macon Ave. The original pink stone building was financed by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation and built in 1902. An outstanding feature of the library is the Local History Center that has reference material for students, historians and genealogists. It includes documents, books, newspapers, maps and photographs relating to Caņon City and Fremont County history. ccpl.lib.co.us (719)269-9020

 

Caņon City Municipal Museum - Municipal Museum summer hours, May 1 through Labor Day, are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is handicapped-accessible and parking is free. Admission is charged. It is located at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd., on U.S. 50, behind the municipal building. For more information on special programs or group rates, call (719) 269-9018.

 

Caņon City Music & Blossom Festival and Craft Fair - The population of Caņon City almost doubles during this annual event that dates back to the 1930s. A celebration of springtime, it has grown into a three-day weekend May 5th - May 7th 2006, featuring an hours-long parade downtown Saturday, high school band competitions, carnival, arts and crafts in Depot Park, a rodeo Friday and Saturday nights, and an arts center exhibit. For more information, visit the website: www.ccblossomfestival.com/

 

Centennial Park - Just off 4th Street on the south bank of the Arkansas River, this park has a duck pond, softball field, tennis courts, covered picnic tables, a playground and handicapped-accessible restrooms. Boaters can also use the park for access to the river.

 

Dinosaur Depot - is a dinosaur museum and working lab that prepares fossils for display. This is one of the best places in the world to see fossils and the rocks where they are found. Among the many dinosaurs on display, is the world's most complete Stegosaurus. Visit the Garden Park Fossil Area where may dinosaurs have been excavated over the past 125 years. Located at 330 Royal Gorge Blvd. (U.S. 50). Open year round. A minimal fee is charged for tours. For more information, call (719) 269-7150 or 1-800-987-6379. www.DinosaurDepot.com

Fishing - http://www.royalgorgeanglers.com/

 

Fremont Center for the Arts - The oldest community arts council in the United States is housed in the historic post office building at the corner of Fifth and Macon in Caņon City. The main gallery features a new exhibit each month.

 

Garden Park Fossil Area - This park is six miles north of Caņon City on Red Canyon Road, which can be reached by turning north onto Field Avenue. Fifteen different species of dinosaurs have been excavated here, many of which are featured in museums across the United States.

 

Historic Downtown Canon City - The quaint atmosphere and historic architecture of the downtown area warrants a shopping trip to visit the local boutiques and merchants. A downtown walking tour guide of the historical district is available at the local Chamber of Commerce. (719) 275-2331

 

Horseback riding - Several stables provide trail rides in the area of the Royal Gorge. Among them are the Royal Gorge Riding Stable, open year around. Winter hours are from noon to dusk. Summer hours are from 9 a.m. to dusk. (719) 275-4579.

 

Mountain View Park - A 14-acre park that provides an open area ideal for both kite-flying and viewing spectacular vistas of the surrounding mountains. Facilities include handicapped-accessible restrooms, playground and covered picnic tables. To reach the park entrance in northeast Caņon City, travel north on 15th Street to Central Avenue, turn right and continue to Orchard Avenue, then turn left to the 900 block.

 

Oak Creek Grade - This drive passes through ruggedly beautiful pine and pinion-covered mountains as it twists through Oak Creek Canyon from Caņon City to Custer County's Wet Mountain Valley and the towns of Silver Cliff and Westcliffe. Picnic tables and a campground with vault toilets are found at the Oak Creek Campground operated by the San Isabel National Forest. The road is reached by driving south on Ninth Street (Colo. 115) and turning right onto Elm Avenue at the top of the hill where Lakeside Cemetery is located. Then turn left onto Oak Creek Grade Road.

 

Orchards - The area is home to many orchards featuring apples, peaches, grapes, plums and much more. During harvest time, which can start as early as late August, visiting the orchards becomes a favorite family outing. Many sell directly to the public, while some even invite you to pick your own fruit. Colon Orchard in Caņon City and Happy Apple Farm, Apples-N-Spice - Singing Hills and Third Street Apples in Penrose are a few that encourage the public to visit.

 

R.C. Icabone Swimming Pool - This public pool, (at College Avenue and 12th Street), is an outdoor facility with a wading pool, swimming pool and water slide (fee charged). It opens May 29 and closes for the summer August 29. Open swims, lap swims, family night and adult only nights are featured. Adjacent to the pool are lighted sand volleyball courts and basketball slabs. Call (719) 275-1578. ccrec.tripod.com/id19.html

 

Red Canyon Park - This 600-acre park is nine miles north of Caņon City. It contains interesting and unusual natural red rock formations. The park can be reached by turning north on Field Avenue, which turns into Red Canyon Road (Fremont County Road 9). Look for the turn-off. Facilities include covered picnic areas and handicapped-accessible vault toilets.

 

Rouse Park - This park is at 1600 Park Avenue, just south of the city limits in the Lincoln Park residential area. It has three softball fields, handicapped-accessible restrooms, water, covered picnic tables, playground, and tennis and basketball courts. Concessions open during softball games and two of the fields are lighted for night games. For a schedule of events or reservations, call (719) 275-1578.

 

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park - Eight miles west of Canon City on US50 is the world's highest suspension bridge. Parking is provided so you can walk across and stare straight down 1,053 feet to the gushing Arkansas River below. Other ways to view the gorge are by incline railway to the bottom, an aerial tram across the canyon, or by open car rail to the rim. There are admission charges. 719-275-7507 www.RoyalGorgeBridge.com

 

Royal Gorge Helitours: For the Ultimate tour of the Royal Gorge - try a jet powered Helicopter tour!! It doesn't get much more exciting than this... Flying May through September annually. 45045 Hwy 50 West (just east of the turn off to the Royal Gorge) (719) 276-9038 www.RoyalGorgeHelitours.org/

 

Royal Gorge Route Railroad - Hop on board! These 12-miles of track follow the most spectacular section of Denver & Rio Grande Railroad directly through the Gorge. You'll see mule deer on far meadows, eagles, and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. The scenery is breathtaking. The train is open year-round. 1-888-724-5748 www.RoyalGorgeRoute.com

 

Rudd Park - This park is found in the center of the city, across from Caņon City High School at Twelfth Street and College Avenue. Facilities include tennis courts, handicapped-accessible restrooms and a playground.

 

Shelf Road and Climbing Area - This unpaved, one-lane road is part of the Gold Belt Tour and should not be used by motor homes or vehicles pulling trailers. The Shelf Road is a former stagecoach toll road from Caņon City to Cripple Creek and is carved along high cliffs. It should be attempted only by experienced mountain drivers. Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended. Follow Red Canyon Road north (reached by turning north onto Field Avenue) from Caņon City past Red Canyon Park, reaching a fork in the road. Bear to the right to access Shelf Road, or left to get to a technical climbing area. There are picnic tables and toilets located on this BLM property.

 

Skyline Drive - A one-way paved road that overlooks Caņon City from 800 feet above the highway. It provides panoramic views of the city, Arkansas River Valley and the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. The road was cut through by state prison inmates. The entrance is located on U.S. 50, two miles west of Caņon City. Admission is free, although it is closed in bad weather. The road exits at Fifth Street into a residential area.

 

Temple Canyon - This 640-acre mountain park features "The Temple" - a natural, stage-like rock formation that can be reached only by a trail along Grape Creek, which flows through the bottom of a canyon. From Caņon City, travel south on First Street to Temple Canyon Road and turn right. Temple Canyon Road eventually connects with Fremont County Road 3, which is the back entrance to the Royal Gorge Bridge and park. Fremont 3 connects with U.S. Highway 50 west of Caņon City at Parkdale.

 

The Holy Cross Abbey - The Abbey, built in 1925, provides a monastic presence at the east edge of Caņon City on U.S. 50. It is owned and operated by the Benedictine monks and is open to the public for self-guided tours. It houses Native American and monastic museums and a religious goods/gift shop on the grounds.

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - Be sure to visit the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and taste their award winning Colorado wines. The tasting room and gift shop are first-class and the wines are sure to please. For information, call (719) 276-5191 or toll free at: (877) 422-9463

 

The Museum of Colorado Prisons - features displays from weapons to uniforms of prisoners and guards, as well as the retired gas chamber. A gift shop, picnic tables, RV parking and handicapped-accessible restrooms are on site. Open daily May 1-14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and May 15 through Labor Day from 8:30 to 6 p.m. daily. Winter hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is charged.   For more information call (719) 269-3015.
 

 

Tunnel Drive - The name is somewhat of a misnomer as this is a hiking trail only. It overlooks the Arkansas River and railroad tracks from the entrance of the Gorge at the west edge of Caņon City to about the 1.1 mile marker into the Royal Gorge. It is a narrow trail, originally constructed as an irrigation ditch that winds its way among the foothills and through three tunnels of solid granite west of the city. Take U.S. 50 west and look for the Tunnel Drive turn-off on your left as you curve out of town.

 

Veterans Park - This small park features a visitors' information cabin, outdoor entertainment stage, picnic areas, small playground and handicapped-accessible restrooms. Summer's "Entertainment In the Park" concerts take place here. It is next to U.S. 50 at the west entrance to Caņon City.

 

White Water River Rafting on the Arkansas River: This is by far one of the most fun experiences you can have while visiting the Canon City area. There are a variety of rafting outfitters in the area. Below is a link to several:

http://www.centralcolorado.com/whitewaterrafting.htm

 

 

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