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Apr
15

UnReal Showing at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

April 15th
Are you ready to ride? Join FAR and TGR for an exciting day of great riding, an epic film, and meeting up with other trail enthusiasts. Group rides begin at 4:30 on the Royal Gorge Park Trails, followed by refreshments and beverages, then a specia

Apr
26

Fremont County Community Concert Association Concert

April 26th
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 7:00 pm - Canon City High School Auditorium, 1313 College Ave. NEW ODYSSEY New Odyssey (3 Guys - 30 Instruments) is a cover band from Chicago playing all types of music from across the decades, including today&#

May
4

Music and Blossom Festival

May 4th
Celebrate spring at the  The Canon City Music & Blossom Festival. The Festival is the largest school band competition in the state & concludes with a parade down Main Street. There is so much to do, the oldest rodeo in Colorado takes

May
5

Royal Gorge Pro Rodeo

May 5th
May 5-7 | 7:00 PM Fremont County Rodeo Grounds Popular Avenue at South 9th Street The Royal Gorge Rodeo is the oldest Continuous rodeo in Colorado. Activities go far beyond just the traditional rodeo. Mounted shooting competitions, conce

May
6

runBlossom - Half Marathon, 5k & 5 mile Runs

May 6th
runBlossom now includes a 1/2 marathon and both a 5k & 5mile option as well as a Kids' Fun Run & Toddler Trot.  The races take place along the Arkansas Riverwalk in historic Cañon City, Colorado in conjunction with the citi

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Canon City

A Brief History of Cañon City, Colorado

The Cañon City Historic District was first organized by the Cañon City Claim Club in March of 1860. The six members were responsible for developing minerals in the area. Residents in the area voted to name the settlement “Town of Canyon City” but the reporter for the meeting used the Spanish “cañon” spelling, giving the city its official name. As prospectors and settlers streamed in from the east in search of mineral and agricultural riches and a new way of life, the town grew rapidly and by 1862, one year after the onset of the Civil War, Cañon City was the booming county seat of Fremont County.

Discover Downtown

Located just eight miles east of the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park on Highway 50 (also known as Royal Gorge Boulevard), Main Street Cañon City offers a diverse, historic downtown commercial district. Downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the largest intact historical districts in Colorado. The 80 buildings comprising the district form a cohesive grouping that reflects Cañon City’s development as a regional commercial center. The authentic small-town Main Street atmosphere is evident from “Old Max” (the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility) at First and Main Street to the Post Office at 15th and Main. A stroll down Main Street will introduce you to the city’s cultural and social center.

Flavorful Options

Coffee shops and restaurants featuring Mexican, Italian, Chinese and down-home cuisine, as well as a variety of watering holes, are abundant along Main Street. Families can enjoy sharing a handcrafted pizza while being entertained by a magician; visitors and locals sit side by side on bar stools devouring burgers and ice cold microbrews after a game of pool; while others people-watch and savor homemade pastries and desserts.

Boutiques, Galleries & More

Shoppers will find small business owners offering books, musical instruments, clothing, shoes, furniture, groceries, fresh flowers, electronics, art, jewelry and so much more. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up that perfect souvenir to commemorate your Cañon City visit. A handful of second-hand stores will satisfy the bargain hunters in your group and the many local art galleries and museums will keep everyone busy for hours.

The people of Cañon City invite you to explore downtown, chat with some locals and get acquainted with the community.