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This is a short but absolutely gorgeous little trail. Beginning on the west end of Cañon City, just a little ways from downtown, the trail provides a vantage point to the rugged beauty of the Arkansas River and the Royal Gorge. The crushed stone trail is flat and wide, comfortable for even younger visitors. There are also frequent benches to rest or simply pause and take in the river valley's breathtaking views. The three granite-blasted tunnels are located near the start of the trail. The first two are short, rocky arches while the third is longer, complete with echoes. On the other side of the tunnels, the rock continues to wind along the rock face, with the rushing river below and jagged peaks before you. Railroad tracks lie parallel to the river, and you might spot the Royal Gorge Route heritage train snaking its way into the gorge.
The trail dead-ends two miles in, making it a four-mile walk, run or ride out and back. Dogs are welcome but must remain on a leash. Be sure to carry water and sun-protection in the hotter months. Wear light layers as it can also get windy up there.
You can find the trailhead on the western limits of Cañon City. From US 50, take Tunnel Drive Road 0.6 miles west to the trailhead. There are 10 spots, including accessible parking.
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