Tunnel Drive Trail

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Tunnel Drive Trail is a 6.1 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Canon City, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.1 km Elevation Gain: 159 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

cave

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

no shade

hiking
no shade
8 days ago

Super fun and easy trail. The views were repetitive but really nice. It was mostly dry on 2/15 with just a couple icy spots. There’s a lot of benches and trash cans along the way and a bathroom at the trailhead. Please pick up after your pet.

1 month ago

Awesome winter hike for the whole family. Easy and beautiful. Will do again.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

One of the most beautiful trails I have ever been on. At no point are you left without serious views. Very easy so I will be taking my non-CO friends when they come visit.

hiking
1 month ago

first part is the steepest, its smooth sailing after that. it's a beautiful paved (gravel) trail that runs along the canon railroad and river. You cross two wooden bridges and go through several caves (one being a bit longer) for those that are claustrophobic (it might be unnerving) easy exercise

hiking
1 month ago

Nice smooth walk. Did t get close enough to see bridge though.

hiking
4 months ago

More of a walk than a hike, but very enjoyable for a relaxed outing. The scenery is great!

hiking
5 months ago

awesome for jogging

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing! Great walk for all abilities. Saw 5 lizzards and just awesome views all around. Would highly recommend.

hiking
5 months ago

We loved it. I would suggest starting early to beat the heat, but the views of the river and train were spectacular and it was pretty easy overall.

hiking
6 months ago

I would highly recommend this trail! Perfect for a leisurely stroll. The beginning of the trail is a bit of a hike, but after that it’s flat. Well maintained and beautiful scenery. Loved it.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

very easy out and back. the worst of it is right at the beginning and only for a few hundred feet. the views of the river, rafters, kayakers, and train are really neat. it's great for pups and only moderately trafficked.

hiking
no shade
rocky
6 months ago

Great views and the tunnels are pretty neat.

hiking
6 months ago

We started this trail at 9am today and enjoyed it but recommend going earlier to avoid the heat and flying bugs. The tunnels are fun and all located within the first half mile. Beyond that there are a couple cool bridges and nice views, but absolutely no shade. Waved at the passenger train passing below, saw lots of lizards, a giant butterfly, big beetles, some flowering cactus and even some bats sleeping in the nooks of the largest cave.

hiking
7 months ago

just finished this trail and saw 2 bear! Awesome!

hiking
7 months ago

Definitely a gorgeous scenic trail! The three tunnels are within the first 1/2 mile of the trail. There are a few shaded areas (provided by the rocks before noon). Benches are located throughout but be warned, no shade for any! A photographer’s eye for geology dream!!

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

Would have spent more time on this wonderful trail if it wasnt 97 degrees when we went. Nice, family-friendly trail, amazing tunnels, and great views of the river and rafters going by.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. It doesn’t have much shade but the wind kept it comfortable.

running
7 months ago

Lovely trail! Would come back again when it’s cooler and to take some good photos

hiking
8 months ago

Easy Hike. Great for family and dog.

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

Great easy trail through several tunnels. Beautiful scenic views. Two miles in each direction. Took us about an hour. Little shade except in the tunnels. Bring enough water.

hiking
8 months ago

It was a lovely little hike. I found it very easy to handle even though I was wearing flip flops. The best part of the hike was having the opportunity to see approximately 20 big horn sheep making their way through the canyon. I do regret not having taken my phone with me and taking some pictures of the sheep and trail. However, I am a local and will be hiking the trail again very soon so that I may take photos to post here. I highly recommend taking the time to hike Tunnel Drive for a pleasant and relaxing hike. Happy Hiking, Robin Gall 25 year resident of Canon City

hiking
8 months ago

Easy out and and back hike! We saw about 10 big horn sheep along the trail which was a cool added bonus.

no shade
8 months ago

This trail is paved at the beginning and a little steep, but the rest is totally flat. It isn't paved but is a fine gravel. We didnt take my mom who is in a wheelchair but I really think an electric wheelchair might handle it. Inside the tunnels was a little muddy though. We went on a rainy day but if it were sunny you would definitely want sunscreen. it is completely open and runs along side the Arkansas river as it leads into Royal Gorge. So not a hiking challenge but great views! We saw the Royal Gorge train go by and some kayakers. at the end we turned right and explored a small rocky area. Trail head is really easy to find and there is a bathroom.

mountain biking
9 months ago

1st 1/4 mile is steep and all the tunnels are in the initial half-mile but a hike with great views of the gorge. Bring your sunscreen.

9 months ago

Decent little hike

9 months ago

nice easy walk over the river. get there in the morning and not a lot of people will be there.

hiking
9 months ago

Very easy. Tunnels were cool and trail was not crowded at all on a Thursday afternoon. Nice vistas if the Arkansas - saw some rafting too.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail to start conditioning yourself for bigger challenges. Plenty of benches along the way. It was a lot of fun and great place to bring the kids.

hiking
9 months ago

Wonderful stroll outdoors with nice views of the Arkansas. Three bridges delight. There was a nice breeze today. I imagine this trail would be super hot in summer.

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