Welcome To Cañon City, Colorado

Welcome to Cañon City... your "gateway to adventure." Our community has a rich cultural heritage and interesting geologic history. We embrace our past and plan for an exciting future. Ours is a truly special community, with abundant recreational opportunities, vast open space from the plains to the Rocky Mountains, parks and trails, community events all year long, and of course the Arkansas River and the Royal Gorge. If you live here you know what I mean. If you are considering relocating your home or business, you will discover it for yourself. You will not be disappointed. I look forward to seeing you around town or out on the trail. Mayor Preston R. Troutman

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The Community Development team that includes Strategic Planning, Current Planning & Zoning, Code Enforcement, and Building Division joins the community in being uniquely Cañon in celebrating Earth Day this Sunday April 22, 2018.

Earth Day is 48 years old. This is a perfect time to enjoy the beautiful outdoor environment of the Cañon City region. It is also a great time for a teaching opportunity, a learning opportunity, and a Keep Cañon Clean opportunity.

Teach someone a fact about how human impact can affect the natural environment. 

Learn something new about how a simple shift in a habit can reduce negative impact to the environment.

Advocate for Keep Cañon Clean by picking up a piece of trash in the street or on the trail when you see it, or reaching out to a neighbor and helping them clean up.

Let’s participate in a uniquely Cañon Earth Day challenge – doing one thing different from your normal routine to support Earth Day!


Tree City, USA - Arbor Day

"The City of Cañon City has been named Tree City, USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 38th consecutive year", Parks Director Rex Brady said today.

"Municipalities entering the nationwide program receive the designation on the recommendation of the state foresters. Communities must meet the following standards to qualify: they must have adopted a city tree ordinance; have a comprehensive urban forestry program; and annually observe Arbor Day", Brady added. The City first received recognition in 1980 as a result of its tree maintenance and planting program and its Dutch Elm Disease Program.

The public is invited to participate in the City’s observance of Arbor Day on Friday, April 27th 2018 at Centennial Park Playground, 221 Griffin Avenue. The ceremony will take place at 10:00 am and will include the planting of a tree and presentation of a Tree City, USA plaque to Mayor Preston Troutman from the District Forester John Grieve with the Colorado State Forest Service.

A community's tree planting program is a living memorial to the citizens' concern for our quality of life. The beauty of the trees, their practical benefits, will last for years to come", John Rosenow, Executive Director for The National Arbor Day Foundation said. “An effective community forestry program is an ongoing process of renewal and improvement, a program of tree planting and care that continues through the years", Rosenow said. "The Tree City, USA award is an excellent indication that there is a solid foundation for that process of improvement."

The City of Cañon City encourages everyone to come out and celebrate with us on Friday, April 27th at 10:00 a.m. at Centennial Park to recognize the valuable asset that we share as a Tree City, USA.


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