Explore the most popular hiking trails near Canon City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 month ago

Drive a high clearance vehicle to get to the trailhead. The road through the park is in very rough shape.

hiking
1 month ago

I agree this terrain is hard. Views are quite fantastic. This is bear country and saw a clear set of tracks on the trail at about mile 4. Bring your bear protection. 6 hour round trip with about an hour on the peak to enjoy the views and relax. Not your normal quick decent because of very loose footing.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy with nice little ups and downs to keep you somewhat interested. Hardly any views of the canyon that we wanted or expected (from the name).

My husband and I and our Pup hiked this trail today and loved it. Such beautiful scenery and not too difficult. We did the Overlook Loop and part of Canyon Rim Trail. It was getting pretty hot so we didn't finish it because we weren't sure how far it went. I wish we knew the length of it. We'll definitely be back on a cooler day to find out.

Very peaceful

trail running
2 months ago

Definitely a nice trail, not very rugged, yet it's still pull of some pretty cool sights! I run this trail regularly, and enjoy it a lot.

Great easy hike but do it early or late in the day. There is no shade outside the tunnels and it is sunny and hot.

walking
2 months ago

Easy walk great scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

The views from this loop are unparalleled! It’s great if you want to get out but you don’t have all day. Also good for mountain bikers who are less advanced.

on Royal Gorge Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Canyon trail extends to a great overlook called scenic trail/view. If you are looking to save some miles park at campground and take far out trail to scenic view. Overall wonderful hike, Colorado never fails to disappoint.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty steep on the front end but man, once you get up there it really is super pretty and very worth it! My brothers, my mom, and I all did this trail and it was very pretty and serene!

walking
2 months ago

A very nice trail! Easy to walk with a jogging stroller.

Tremendous views along a trail that is not terribly demanding. Outstanding hike for all levels in a picturesque setting.

walking
3 months ago

Very easy to access, with great scenery. The parking lot only accommodates a half dozen cars or so, and I imagine it gets pretty hot in the middle of the day during summer months as there is little shade. Saw a lot of birds, too. Worth it, would 100% do again.

Good trail. Only steep in the beginning and the trails good enough that you could take a jogging stroller.

nice, easy trail. we went in July at 7:30 in the morning and the mountain kept us shaded almost the entire time and the temps were cooler Waiting until later in the day makes for a very sunny, very hot hike as the sun bakes the rocks. as others have mentioned, there is a steep incline at the trailhead but flat and easy the rest of the way.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved it. Gorgeous views.

Easy; no shade.

Great view

4 months ago

Definitely rewarding getting into the canyon! We had a rental car, and had to stop a mile+ from the actual trailhead (due to needing clearance/ road not being maintained) but once we found it, enjoyed the hike! Crossing through the creek wasn’t bad today, water ran just below my knee, and I’m about 5’4”. The ascent out of the canyon definitely kept the heart rate up, but went quickly. My Fitbit clocked in at 1.4 miles to the temple from the trail head. Happy hiking! :)

trail running
4 months ago

Easy hike but rough to run the trails. Sunset run was a lot of fun, but it gets little boring. Glad I came, but don't think I'll be back.

walking
6 months ago

Only about 2 tunnels at the beginning and the rest is flat but the views are great!

hiking
6 months ago

Very easy, very scenic

walking
6 months ago

Fun walk, tunnels are super cool, bring sunblock and lots of water.

6 months ago

Very easy and very beautiful. Sounds of the river are lovely. Many places to stop and sit and take it all in. The tunnels make this trail very unique

hiking
7 months ago

Great short hike from an awesome campground! We had no idea it was there and were amazed by the temple at the end. Wading through the creek was fun, if not cold.

hiking
7 months ago

Loved the tunnels. Nice walk with pretty views.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a great family hike. Very easy. The kids loved this trail!

hiking
7 months ago

100% worth the view

walking
7 months ago

Great walk with the kids (under 5). As others said steep incline at the beginning but flat after. Not busy - saw runners, bikers and a stroller.

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