At Red Canyon Park you can explore 600 acres of piñon, sage, and beautiful red rock from the Fountain Formation. Formed 290-296 million years ago, this rock was created by a series of braided streams carrying material eroded off of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains! Operated by the City of Cañon City, the secluded Red Canyon Park is a locals’ favorite. Here you can feel free to explore on the trail or off—a true adventure.
Red Canyon Hike
Park at the first parking area, about a mile from Red Canyon Road, CR 29. As you head into the main wash (dry creek bed) area, you’ll notice right away how the rocks tower above, creating a small canyon-like experience. Explore the wash for as long—or as little—as you want! And you may come across some mini side canyons; these are yours to discover as well. Please be safe and know your limits.
From Red Canyon Road, follow the park’s road approximately two miles until you reach a notable pull-off on your left. Park here. From this parking area, hike in an east-southeast direction until you find the arch.
Red Canyon Adventure
You are allowed to explore across the entire Red Canyon Park area on or off trail. However, please be respectful and pay attention to the map so as to not trespass on neighboring private land.