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Skyline Drive, Cañon City

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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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  • Single one way lane which offers amazing views of the area. Has a couple areas you can pull off for pictures. Free to drive through.  more »
  • Best thing ever! It's a narrow, one-way, three-mile road with beautiful views, dinosaur tracks, and some scary ups and downs. What could be better?  more »
  • Sheer drops on both sides of the narrow road but spectacular views and interesting signs explaining the area's dinosaur history. Fortunately, it's also not too long in case the drive frays your...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The drive is neat. It's a skinny little road way up on the side of a mountain. It's free & doesn't take that long, so there's no reason NOT to do it. I'm not sure if I ACTUALLY saw the "dinosaur footprints," which is the attraction. The signs where the footprints were, were faded and illegible. So I didn't know WHAT I was looking at on the rock face. Nothing stuck out as foot prints. Hopefully they replace signs so people can see what they're supposed to.
  • Beautiful but not for the faint of heart. The drive can be intimidating if you're afraid of heights so I suggest bringing someone who's done it before. No need to get stuck up there because of fear. I'd love to come back again!
  • INCREDIBLE! It's a super thrill. Quick detour for insane kicks. NOT for the faint at heart. My wife was in near full on panic attack. I had to seriously curb my enthusiasm though I was on the verge of bursting with excitement.

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