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Skyline Drive, Cañon City

#4 of 18 in Outdoors in Cañon City
Must see · Scenic Drive · Tourist Spot
Offering scenic views of Canon City and Arkansas River Valley, Skyline Drive is one of Colorado's hidden gems. The drive was built in 1905 by inmates from the nearby prison who were awarded time off of their sentence for every month they worked on this short scenic roadway that winds and falls like a roller coaster about 240 m (800 ft) above the surrounding terrain. If you're afraid of heights, think twice before testing your driving skills. Using our world travel planner, Cañon City attractions like Skyline Drive can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Really nice scenic drive across the ridge of a mountain. One way in and one way out. We were in an RV sprinter van and my son was driving and he said it was OK. A little scary but OK. We stopped at...  more »
  • A narrow but fun drive along a ridge overlooking Canon City. Great for sunrise/sunset or just a nice drive. Not for people with strong fear of heights!  more »
  • Skyline Drive is a must-do experience if you are in the area. Stop at the small parking areas and have a look around. The views won't disappoint. At the bottom near the exit is another parking area. From there, you can walk a few miles of gravel paths in the Hogbacks. Informative displays are scattered along the trails. Let someone else drive if you are unsure of your driving ability.
  • This is a must stop place if you're trying to sightsee. I ran around the trail system there and loved my experience. There's some prehistoric fossil stuff to look at and the wildlife experience is pretty great. take some snacks and definitely a bunch of water because this is going to be a good time and if the weather is right a great time.
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