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Island in the Sky



3.1 mile 5.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 253' 77 m
Descent: -367' -112 m
High: 6,700' 2,042 m
Low: 6,375' 1,943 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)


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Trail shared by Kalem Lenard

Travels through a Ponderosa Grove and along a magnificant somewhat technical trail along a 200' rim.

Kalem Lenard

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Closed to motorized vehicles during wet weather conditions. Check with the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office at 719-269-8500 for current conditions.


From the top of Unconformity, take a right on the dirt road and follow it to the right at the "Y". The trail comes in on the left off of this dirt road. You'll see an intersection with Fire Canyon after a little ways. Keep to the left. Follow the singletrack for about a mile when you'll come to a dirt road intersection. Keep going straight and follow the singletrack that comes in on your left. Crest over the ridge and follow the trail down to the rim overlooking the Arkansas River Valley and Canon City. Keep following the trail north and enjoy the scenery.

You'll see an obvious trail on your left. Take this if you want to begin the descent. Otherwise keep going straight to the overlook out and back where the rock drops off on three sides and look for bigfoot's toe imprinted in the rocks. Enjoy the view, turn around, and take the steep trail which is now on your right. Enjoy the cruising fun downhill until you come out onto the intersection with Fire Canyon Trail.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed


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Jan 12, 2020
Ben Scholz
Great early season ride
Apr 15, 2018
Chris W
Feb 9, 2018
Chris Root

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Perfect day for a ride on the Island in the Sky Trail.
Dec 25, 2015 near Cañon C…, CO
Island in the Sky overlook headed towards Fire Canyon
Dec 27, 2014 near Cañon C…, CO
Golden hour on Island in the Sky Trail. Oil Well Flats delivering the mid-February goods!
Mar 1, 2016 near Cañon C…, CO
Perched at the top of Island in the Sky.
Aug 18, 2018 near Lincoln…, CO
Island in the Sky drop to the machine cut exit to Fire Canyon
Dec 27, 2014 near Cañon C…, CO
There is a reason the trail is called the Island in the Sky.
Mar 7, 2017 near Lincoln…, CO

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