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Skyline Drive, Cañon City

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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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  • Very short and simple but extremely scenic and unique! I went maybe 5 times in the month I stayed in this area. When you come out the other side you'll be downtown Canon City also so it's... 
    Very short and simple but extremely scenic and unique! I went maybe 5 times in the month I stayed in this area. When you come out the other side you'll be downtown Canon City also so it's...  more »
  • Highly recommend this fun short drive. Amazing views of the town and area. Very interesting and there are a few hiking trails. 
    Highly recommend this fun short drive. Amazing views of the town and area. Very interesting and there are a few hiking trails.  more »
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  • Always one of my favorite places in Canon. The road is pretty narrow and steep, but once you get to the top the view is amazing (especially at night!). Highly recommend anyone passing through to check it out.
  • If going to the Royal Gorge Bridge, definitely take some time to check out this drive. They are some amazing views along with a few spaces to stop and explore. Be aware that this is a one-way road, and you’ll drive with caution. Just don’t look down too much when driving.

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