Tunnel Drive Trail

Canon City, CO
Length: 4.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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Take a walk or bike ride along the Arkansas River! This trail follows the beginning of the Royal Gorge on the east side of the canyon. It doesn’t get as deep, narrow, or impressive as the part of the canyon where the bridge is located, but does overlook the river valley.

The trail starts with a short, steep 5 minute paved incline, but is mostly flat the rest of the way. It is packed dirt, easy to navigate with any type of stroller. There are 2 short and 1 long tunnel near the beginning of the trail, no flashlight needed. Wildflowers dot the hillsides along the trail, with an occasional rafter or train down below near the river. There are also a few wooden bridges along the way. The trail is supposed to end at a viewpoint of the canyon, but the very end was closed due to construction when we went.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Summer
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 141 ft.
Stroller friendly Yes
Stroller terrain Any Wheels
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River and Viewpoint

Views of Arkansas river, east side of Royal Gorge, several tunnels

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Free parking at a paved lot, at the end of the road/ trail head. The parking lot is somewhat small, but there is extra dirt parking nearby along the road. There is an outhouse style bathroom at the parking lot.

Trail Contributor

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My name is Nicole Dominick, and I’ve been hiking with Hike it Baby since May 2016 with my daughter. She is now 4.5 years old and has hiked over 400 miles! She has been carried for most of those miles, but we enjoy every journey. We were both born and raised in Southern CA but now live in Colorado Springs, CO.