Head west of Cañon City and Florence to explore the small towns and new adventures that dot the landscape.

Cows grazing in the mountainsTexas Creek
Named for a Texas cattle rancher, Texas Creek is a fly fishing and ATV hotspot loaded with scenic vistas and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Cotopaxi
This former whistle-stop town is nestled along the Arkansas River. Rafting outfitters, a campground, and a handful of shops and eateries call the quaint community home.

Howard
The Arkansas River runs through this pleasant valley town, drawing rafters, kayakers and fishermen. The beautiful forested areas surrounding the valley feature horseback riding, hiking, ATV tours, and golfing.

Parkdale
Parkdale’s prime location on the Arkansas River and near the Royal Gorge make it a popular base camp for visitors. Parkdale is the gateway to whitewater rafting and Bighorn Sheep Canyon and is an excellent fishing spot.

Coaldale
A bustling mining town and popular touring stop for opera stars in the late 1800s, remote Coaldale is surrounded by towering peaks and is known for its secluded camping opportunities.

Bighorn Sheep Canyon
Long known as a gateway into the Rockies, Highway 50 divides Cañon City as it runs west through the towering rock walls of the Arkansas River Canyon. This beautiful canyon has been dubbed, “Bighorn Sheep Canyon,” and hosts a thriving population of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Colorado’s state animal. The majestic animals are often seen on both sides of the river from convenient turn-outs throughout the canyon.

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