We are Cañon City: hiking and biking bliss

CAÑON CITY, Colorado – Admiring the spectacular views of the Royal Gorge in Cañon City is a must. But did you know there’s a way to take in all the great views from outside the park? Fremont Adventure Recreation highlights trails you can enjoy around Cañon City.

“Welcome to Cañon City’s 5,000 acres of Royal Gorge Park. The Arkansas River bisects the parks, so there is a north side and a south side. And here on the north side of Royal Gorge Park we have 22 miles of single track trail,” said Fremont Adventure Recreation coordinator Ashlee Sack.

Hikers, mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts can soak up the country’s tallest suspension bridge with miles of trails crossing it in Royal Gorge Park.

Cañon City is an outdoor adventure mecca with new trails that keep appearing on the map. Now, travelers on foot or by bike can navigate the trails back to town, making these outdoor spaces even more accessible.

“One of the things we’ve been working on for the past 10 years is creating networks of trails that connect. So that connectivity, whether it helps people connect from home to work, so they can cycle to work or walk to work,” Sack said.

“So whether you’re north of Cañon, east of Cañon, or anywhere else in Fremont County, you’re definitely minutes away from a network of trails that you can get out and enjoy,” Sack said.

Cañon City has three major trail systems, with 100 km to explore. This includes Oil Well Flats, north of town, Royal Gorge Park and the South Cañon trail system.

These vary in difficulty level and length, providing options for trail running, hiking and mountain biking. Fremont Adventure Recreation has a guide highlighting all the parks, their difficulty level, elevation gain, and everything you need to know before hitting the trails. find them adventure guide here.

“Just recently we opened the Royal Cascade Trail, which is a 3.6 mile trail, which runs from the top of this trail system all the way into town. It connects with Tunnel Drive. So you can end up in town in time for lunch and a beer,” Sack said.

From the Arkansas River to the Royal Gorge, Cañon City is full of hidden gems and places to connect with the outdoors.

“People who come here for rafting can now stay for mountain biking, trail running, hiking. And to come shop and play in our beautiful downtown as well,” Sack said.

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