Red Canyon Park
This Canon City Park, which is several miles from town, is a good place to come looking for typical birds of the pinyon-juniper forest, including Gray Flycatcher, Virginia’s and Black-throated Gray Warblers, Juniper Titmouse, Bushtit and Plumbeous Vireo. Most of the trails in this park are rough, but the road is fine for passenger cars when dry, and much good birding can be done from the road. Take photos of the striking red rock formations here, similar to those in Garden of the Gods; watch for snakes and lizards sunning themselves on rocks in summer, and Rock Squirrels standing guard atop small shrubs.
Attractions: Gold Belt Tour Scenic & Historic Byway
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa
Directions: From US-50 in the center of Canon City, head north on Field Ave, follow it out of town, as it becomes CR 9, for 10 miles to CR F24. Take a left on CR F24 and follow this road for under a mile to the park.
Delorme: 62 D1
Roads of Colorado: 104 B3
Dates of Access: Open all year
Restrictions: Exercise caution when hiking
Lodging: Hotel in Canon City
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car