Colorado’s Skyline Drive not for the faint of heart

Skyline Drive, Cañon City, Colorado. Photo Credit: Simon Morris (Flickr).

The 2.8-mile Skyline Drive sits above Cañon City west of Pueblo. Scenic views of the mountains and lush greenery surround this tight one-way road, but don’t take your eyes off the route—the narrow, rollercoaster-like corridor is a breathtaking, adventurous ride.

Believe it or not, 60 inmates from the nearby prison built Skyline Drive in 1905.

You can see long strings of hills known as hogbacks from your car window, as well as the astounding Cañon City landscape. If you look closely, you can see a large “C” for Canon City on one of the hogback peaks.

In 2000, paleontologists found 50 Cretaceous Ankylosaur dinosaur tracks on one of the hogbacks you can see from the road. The tracks indicate a group of dinosaurs walking side by side. Apparently, Skyline Drive was also a favorite spot for dinosaurs to visit as well!

This short clip takes you up and over Skyline Drive, the single-lane road atop a knife-edge hilltop above Canon City, Colorado.

Getting There

To get to this scenic drive, take US 50 from the west side of Cañon City to this narrow paved road. Be sure to stop by during the warmer months because the route can get treacherous when it’s ice and snow-covered.

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