HIKING

Hiking/walking opportunities are abundant in Fremont County, ranging from the placid Arkansas Riverwalk to trails that climb above treeline into the alpine zone of the rugged Sangre de Cristo range.

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FREMONT COUNTY HIKING AREAS

Oil Well Flats

Oil Well Flats has approximately 15 miles of trails suitable for both hiking and biking. The best times to go are spring and fall, and possibly in the winter if the trails are dry. Summers can be quite hot in this area. A jaunt up to Island in the Sky is highly recommended for the views of the Sangre de Cristo range.

Click HERE for printable map for the Oil Well Flats trails.

Directions: From the roundabout at Main St and 15th St in Cañon City, go north on 15th for .9 mi and turn right on Central Avenue. Proceed for 1 mile and turn left on Field Avenue. Proceed for 2.2 miles and merge with Red Canyon Rd. Proceed for 3.7 miles. Just past the bridge over Fourmile Creek, turn right onto the dirt road and follow the road to the parking areas in Oil Well Flats.

 

South Cañon

Click HERE for a printable map for the South Cañon trails.

More information coming soon!

Arkansas Riverwalk

The Arkansas Riverwalk Trail follows the Arkansas River for approximately 7 miles from MacKenzie Avenue on the east side of Cañon City to the beginning of Tunnel Drive on the west end. There are several parking areas/access points, including trailheads at MacKenzie Avenue, the Raynolds Avenue, Sell’s Lake, Centennial Park, and the Tunnel Drive trailhead.

Beaver Creek Loop

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Lion Gulch

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West Bear Gulch

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Section 13

Section 13 offers 6 miles of trails just south of Cañon City. Watch for mountain bikers, especially on the downhills.

Click HERE for printable map for the Section 13 trails.

Directions: Follow 1st Street at the west end of Cañon City south for 1 mile. Turn right at Termple Canyon Road and proceed for 1.9 mles until you reach a small parking area on the right side of the road. The trailhead is on the opposite side of the road.

Royal Gorge Park

Click HERE for printable map for the Royal Gorge Park trails. More information coming soon!

Red Canyon Park

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Tanner Trail

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Grape Creek

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Rainbow Trail

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Rainbow Trail from Bear Creek Loop

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The Hogbacks

The Hogbacks Open Space in Cañon City is a very popular area for walkers/hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. Trailheads into the area can be found at the west end of Floral Avenue, Greenway Drive, Washington Street, and High Street, as well as from the top of Skyline Drive.

Click HERE for a printable map for The Hogback trails.

Tunnel Drive

Tunnel Drive is an easy 3.8-mile ride on a well-graded, wide dirt path. The trailhead/parking area is just west of Cañon City. The trail follows the Arkansas River and has great views of the lower end of the Royal Gorge. Depending on your timing, you will most likely hear and/or see the Royal Gorge train pass by. There is no shade, except inside the tunnels close to the beginning of the ride. Bring lots of water. Keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep on the slopes above the trail.

DIRECTIONS:  From Cañon City, head west on Highway 50. Just after the highway turns to head north, turn left on Tunnel Drive and follow it to the end of the road. There is ample parking and a vault toilet at the trailhead.

Newlin Creek

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Stultz Trail

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Stout Lakes

Distance: 8 miles, out-and-back
Elevation Gain: 3,684 ft.

DIRECTIONS (from Cañon City): Travel approximately 43 miles west on Highway 50. Turn left on Kerr Gulch Road, BLM 6110. The turn is approximately 4 miles northwest of Coaldale. Drive about 4 miles to BLM Road 6117. Follow Road 6117 1 mile to the trailhead. At the trailhead (north edge of the meadow) follow the old logging road about .75 miles to the Rainbow Trail. Hike north on the Rainbow Trail .25 miles to Stout Creek Lake Trailhead. Follow Stout Creek Lakes Trail climbing steeply in some places 3 miles to the lake.This access is recommended for high clearance vehicles and dry weather only.

Bushnell Lakes

Distance: 11.8 out-and-back
Elevation Gain: 2,716 feet

This is a tough, steep 11.8-mile round-trip hike into a high lake basin in the Sangre de Cristo range.