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Cañon City, Colorado, is a recreation destination popular with whitewater rafters and rock climbers. Two notable attractions also bring visitors to the city: the nearby Royal Gorge Bridge spans the Arkansas River at a height of 955 feet, making it the highest bridge in the United States, while the Royal Gorge Route Railroad offers two-hour train rides along one of the most scenic stretches of rail in the country.
The Arkansas Riverwalk Trail winds for nearly 7 miles along the Arkansas River to the east of the Royal Gorge Bridge, passing on its meandering journey through the heart of downtown Cañon City. Farther east, the crushed gravel trail passes through a wooded area of cottonwoods and riverine wetlands as it leaves town. Part of this section of trail occupies an old railroad bed and runs through John Griffin Regional Park, where you'll also find the Bluff Trail.
West of downtown Cañon City, a recent extension to the trail leads directly to Pueblo Community College's Fremont Campus. Turn onto Tunnel Drive before reaching the college to access the Tunnel Drive Trail, a narrow hiking trail that passes through three tunnels on the north side of the Arkansas River.
Parking for the Arkansas Riverwalk Trail is available at Centennial Park on Griffin Avenue in Cañon City. Additional trailheads can be found throughout the city; see the trail's official website for more information.
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