Cañon City 
Elev. 5,333 ft.
First settled in 1860 by the Rudd family, Colorado's Territorial Prison was established here in 1868. Cañon City profited from the gold discoveries in the Cripple Creek Mining District. One local businessman made his fortune by providing materials to rebuild Cripple Creek and Victor after their devastating fires. The largest community along the Byway, Cañon City offers all services, including several motels, restaurants and shops. You can explore local history and tour the original Rudd cabin at the Municipal Museum, or go behind bars at "Old Max" in the Territorial Prison Museum. Enjoy shopping in the downtown National Historic District, and stop in at the Dinosaur Depot for a glimpse of the area during the Jurassic Period. Cañon City celebrates the Blossom Festival in May.

Cañon City Chamber of Commerce
403 Royal Gorge Blvd.
Cañon City, CO 81212
(719) 275 2331

*Some services are available only at either end of the route.

  • Loging
  • Mechanic
  • Camping / RV Parks
  • Shopping 
  • Dining/Restaurant
  • Grocery Store
  • Medical Services
  • Gasoline
  • Convenience Store
  • Visitor Center

Historic photos courtesy of Cañon City Local History Center