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.