Tunnel Drive Trail - Canon City, Colorado

Hiking And Mountain Bike Trail Leading Part-Way Into The Royal Gorge - April 16, 2011

Tunnel Drive Trail

The Tunnel Drive Trail is very good for beginners, casual hikers and mountain bikers or those who simply want to take in the rocky views of the eastern end of the Royal Gorge. From the trailhead, it is only two miles one-way.

The trail comprises of an old railroad bed that travels into the Royal Gorge, although not all the way to the Royal Gorge Bridge. The trail goes through three old railroad tunnels, then fully enters the gorge with views of the Arkansas River and the beautiful gorge.

I must say, this is a trail the community of Canon City can be very proud of - one of those things that improves "quality of life" in a tangible way.

Directions: Near the major bend of Highway 50 (west side of Canon City) turn onto Tunnel Drive. The road travels for approximately 0.7 miles to the trailhead. The trail is handicapped accessible, as the first part of the road can be driven on to the handicapped parking section.


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Tunnel Drive Trail
Tunnel Drive Trail
The Arkansas River flows through the base of the gorge, with the trail running elevated on the north side. Beautiful scenery!

Tunnel Drive Trail The Hike

Markers exist every 0.25 miles.

Tunnel Drive Trail Approaching the three tunnels. A few benches exist to relax, read a book or just take in the views.
Tunnel Drive Trail, CO

Tunnel Drive Trail, Colorado

Tunnel Drive Trail

The Tunnels

The trail goes through three tunnels that once served a railroad. The third tunnel is the longest. Although enough light existed, it might be fun to bring a flash light to see more details inside.

My other pages related to old railroad beds, sites and tunnels:

  • Manitou Tunnels (Manitou Springs, CO)
  • Colorado Railroad Museum (Golden, CO)
  • Railroad Bed Trail (Nathrop, CO)
  • Alpine Tunnel (Gunnison County, CO)
  • Midland Tunnels (Buena Vista, CO)
  • Hop Gulch Trestle Site (Buena Vista, CO)
  • Chaffee County Walk On Railroad Tracks
  • Arkansas River, CO The creek inside Temple Canyon flows into the Arkansas River.
    Royal Gorge Colorado Magnificent view of the river, the Royal Gorge Route tracks and of course, those lofty peaks surrounding the gorge.
    Tunnel Drive Trail Continuing on the hike.
    Cactus Plenty of "walking stick" cactus in the area. :)
    Royal Gorge Colorado Probably my best shot. This grand view can be enjoyed right front the trail!
    Tunnel Drive Trail Approaching a bridge.
    Tunnel Drive Trail After two miles, the trail dead-ends.
    Tunnel Drive Trail, CO One photo as I walked back. I should note I hiked at about 9:45 a.m., and the lightning seemed best for morning photography.

    Other hikes & photo galleries in Canon City and Fremont County:

  • Fremont County (Roads Less Traveled)
  • Skyline Drive
  • Rafting In The Royal Gorge
  • Texas Creek
  • Cotopaxi
  • Western Fremont County
  • Hayden Pass
  • Ark Collective Backpack

    One self-portrait. My fantasy football shirt doesn't look too bad.

    Lastly, special thanks to Ark Collective Backpacks for this really handy backpack. You can check them out online at www.arkcollective.com.

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