Skyline Drive is one of those places that even people who visit Canon City only once, remember. Several miles west of town off of highway 50, a small, obscure sign past Arkansas River Tours points the way to the one-way scenic road, so popular to locals and visitors alike. Skyline Drive is a one-way road which follows a razorback ridgeline for almost three miles, providing a stunning view of the mountains to the west and overlooking the city, Arkansas River, and the Hogbacks Open Space Recreation Area below.
The lack of guardrails with the shear drop-offs and the narrow line of the ridge allows a true, mountain-road experience!
Skyline Drive was constructed by a crew of inmates, as history has it, with its origin tracing back to the early 1900s. Fascinatingly, the stone archway at the beginning of Skyline contains a stone from each of the 48 contiguous states (this was before the days of Alaska and Hawaii as states). Who knew that one road in this little town contained such interesting snatches of history?
Along the drive, you will find several pull-off areas where you can park and see the sights from either side of the road, a glorious 365-degree view. Enjoy a few moments on the bench beside the road or explore one of the trails that snake away, climbing higher along the ridgeline. This road is enjoyed by walkers, runners, and bikers as well.
Through the years, Skyline Drive has become popular for more than its fantastic views. It has been marked as a discovery site of fossils, and twenty years ago, a paleontology student discovered fossilized dinosaur tracks along a rock face bordering the road.
Skyline is an ideal location for watching the sunrise or sunset or even stargazing. Your whole family will enjoy this scenic drive and the fascinating history encapsulated here.
Skyline Drive is an ideal location for watching the sunrise or sunset or even stargazing. Your whole family will enjoy this scenic drive and the fascinating history encapsulated here.
While you are in the area, be sure you check out some other local attractions such as:
- Tunnel Drive Trail
- The Pour House Coffee Shop
- Coyote's Coffee Den
- Bunk House Burgers
- Art and Shopping in Historic Downtown Canon City, Colorado
We wish you the best!
Plan a visit to Skyline Drive after you've stopped in at Backyard Storage Supercenter, located by the Fremont County Airport in Penrose, CO. With over 50 backyard storage sheds on display, you will be able to find the perfect solution for your backyard storage needs.
 Kathy Weiser-Alexander, “Canon City, Colorado’s Skyline Drive,” Legends of America, accessed Oct. 30, 2019, legendsofamerica.com/canon-city-skyline-drive/
 Alexander, “Canon City, Colorado’s Skyline Drive.”
 “Skyline Drive,” Atlas Obscura, accessed Oct. 30, 2019, www.atlasobscura.com/places/skyline-drive-canon-city