- Canon City is named for the Royal Gorge, a 1,000-foot, 8 mile long, chasm created by the Arkansas River. The Royal Gorge is Canon City's biggest attraction. The Territorial Prison Museum is unique to Canon City. The museum interprets the history and use of the Territorial Prison structure built in 1871 and used continuously through 1970. The city also maintains two parks, Red Canyon and Temple Canyon, for locals and visitors to enjoy the arid terrain surrounding Canyon City. Lake Isabel Recreation Area and the Greenhorn Wilderness are in San Isabel National Forest to the south.
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Recreation - City parks in Canon City provide access to hiking trails and picnicking facilities. The San Isabel National Forest, which surrounds Canon City, supports camping, backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, scenic driving and four-wheel driving. The Arkansas River allows for rafting, kayaking and fishing adventures.
Climate - Mountainous terrain influences the climate visitors find to the south of Cañon City. In general, the summertime climate is mild with daily average temperatures ranging from highs of 60-95 degrees, to lows of 30-60 degrees. The days are generally clear and sunny in the mornings, with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Snow showers may occur at higher elevations at any time. Generally, heavy frosts begin in late October and continue through April.
The traditional beginning of the summer season in late May is often marked by wet snows, thunderstorms with small hail and cool nights. At elevations above 9,500 feet, depending on snowfall and the orientation of the site, snow drifts can linger into early July.
Canon City lies in the southeast quadrant of Colorado. The Wet Mountain Range may be seen on Canon City's southern horizon. BLM Lands surround the city to the west and north. The Arkansas River flows through town en route to the Pueblo Reservoir. Highways through the region include U.S. Highway 50 and State Highway 115. Pueblo lies 40 miles to the east on Highway 50.