South Central Colorado: Places to Explore

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Cañon City and Royal Gorge

Cañon City is an undeniably quirky town. From its easy access to the nearby Royal Gorge, a dramatic slash in the earth, to its aggressive strip-mall veneer (softened, fortunately, by some handsome old buildings), you'd think Cañon City existed solely for tourism. Nothing could be further from the truth: Cañon City is in Fremont County, called "Colorado's Prison Capital" by some. In Cañon City and nearby Florence there are more than a dozen prisons, including Supermax. While this may seem like a perverse source of income to court, the prisons have pumped millions of dollars into the local economy.

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