January 2021

As predicted, Colorado’s backcountry is more popular than ever this winter. Free from the restrictions currently imposed upon Colorado’s ski resorts, the backcountry offers acres upon acres of powder for anyone willing to work for it. 

However, with the increase in backcountry touring comes increased danger. With so many newbies taking part, more users in general, and unsafe conditions, backcountry touring poses more dangers than in previous years. In fact, Colorado recorded four backcountry deaths in December alone. 

While the Colorado Tourism Office turns its marketing dollars toward backcountry safety campaigns, I invite you to write about great outdoor adventures beyond Colorado’s backcountry. 

We invite you to explore Cañon City. Because Cañon City is tucked in a banana belt, it enjoys winter temperatures warmer than most of Colorado. Thus nicknamed the “Climate Capital of Colorado,” Cañon City, with its several extensive trail systems, is an excellent place to play outdoors this winter while avoiding the harrowing backcountry. 

Because of its growing number of trails and its mild climate, Cañon City’s popularity is growing exponentially and is now being compared to Moab and Fruita because of its incredible mountain biking and variety of terrain. 

Come mountain bike—or hike—any one of Cañon City’s trail systems where winter feels worlds away and to inspire your readers to avoid the backcountry with these new adventures. 

Learn more:
Royal Gorge Region Trail Systems
Welcome to the Royal Gorge Region

Want to check it out? We’ll hook you up with Ashlee Sack, Coordinator of Fremont Adventure Recreation for the latest inside scoop on all the regions’ newest trails.  http://www.joinfar.org 

Recent Press about Canon City’s trails: