Hogbacks Open Space

The Hogbacks is Cañon City’s in-town geologic wonder! Your experience here will treat you to the beautiful Dakota Ridge Hogback Formation. Within all of the layers of the Dakota Hogback formation lie significant fossil resources, including a record of Colorado’s past as an inland sea!

*The singletrack trails in the Hogbacks are composed of clay soils; please stay off when wet. (Not only will the wet clay stick to your boots and bike tires, but your tracks will ruin the trails!) Enjoy the crusher fine trails, Greenhorn and Old Skyline Drive, during and after precipitation events.

Start: Trailheads at Floral Ave., Greenway Dr., Dr., Washington St., or High St.

Elevation gain: Varies

Fitness effort: Mild to moderate

Difficulty: Novice to advanced

Terrain: Wide path to natural surface singletrack

Seasons: All (except when muddy)

Trail users: Hikers, bikers, walkers, and cars (traveling one-way) on the paved portions of Skyline Drive

Dog-friendly: Yes. Keep your dog on a leash, bring waste bags, and clean up after your pet. The leash law is enforced. This area often has wildlife.

Distance: ~ 2 miles one way, south to north



Less than two miles one-way, this wider crusher-fine trail connects with others in the area to broaden your experience. It’s family-friendly and great for beginner trail enthusiasts.

Old Skyline Drive

Also a wide crusher fine trail, historic Old Skyline Drive connects low and high points in the open space.


A fun beginner’s trail, Graneros is flowy as it winds along the flank of the Dakota Ridge formation in the Hogbacks. With few technical aspects, it’s sure to delight trail enthusiasts of all ages.

Dakota Ridge

This trail is definitely for the more advanced cyclist and hiker, this trail travels through junipers and piñons atop the crest of the Dakota Ridge formation. On the north end, the trail descends from the ridge on very steep bedrock. ***Bikers: Please be aware of this steep and very difficult descent. Know your abilities, and portage as necessary.