Our weekend getaway to Cañon City was a few months ago now, but it’s still on my mind because of how much fun it was! That being said, I’m continuing my three part blog series on Cañon City today. Side note: If you didn’t read Part one (about a beautiful but slightly precarious drive we did there), you can check it out here. One of my favorite things we did in Cañon City was an awesome hike called Tunnel Drive. It’s now one of my favorite hikes that I’ve ever done. Keep reading to see why!
For most of the hike, you’re able to see a beautiful view of the Arkansas river. We were lucky enough to see the Royal Gorge Route Railroad train pass by during the first part of our hike. If you look closely you can see people on the “observation deck” of the train. They waved at us. It was a nice moment, haha. One of the things on my Colorado bucket list is to take a ride on this train. They do a breakfast ride that I think would be fun.
One of the coolest things about this hike were the tunnels (hence the name, Tunnel Drive). As you can see, I was pretty excited about it.
It was a hot day outside and it was interesting how much of a temperature difference you could feel when you walked through one of the tunnels. Especially this really long one below. You could do some really cool silhouette photography here.
There were lots of Prickly Pear Cactus on this hike. Fun fact: the Prickly Pear Cactus is the state plant of Texas. As a Texas girl, I’m a cactus fan!
There were also some gorgeous wildflowers along the way.
Towards the end of the hike, we saw a herd of unexpected animals…
Look closely. Can you see what they are?
Bighorn sheep! We even took a video of them knocking horns with each other. They were interesting to watch, but we decided to walk away as they started to get closer and closer to the trail. Probably a smart move!
We also saw some less intimidating creatures too. :)
All in all, it was a wonderful summer afternoon. I’m so thankful that this spot is only about an hour or so away from us because it’s such a cool getaway. If you’re ever in southern Colorado, I highly recommend hiking through the Tunnel Drive Trail.
Today I’m linking up with the My Travel Monkey and Packing My Suitcase blogs for the Monday Escapes linkup!
As always, thanks for reading!