Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Pathfinder Regional Park


The Pathfinder Regional Park is a fairly new addition to the area (2007), with the Cañon City, Florence and Fremont County governments working together to create this 178 acre park. Multiple grants from the Great Outdoors Colorado and the Gates Foundation as well as local donations and the work of volunteers helped to make it a reality. The park has fields for soccer and flag football, miles of trails, picnic pavilion, playground, rodeo arena, fishing pond and Arkansas River access. The name is a reference to the nickname of John C. Fremont, for whom Fremont County is named, because of his expeditions exploring and mapping the West between 1838 and 1854.

At the entrance of the park stands this imposing 20-foot-tall, 4,000-pound statue of Fremont, constructed in 2013 by sculptor Sheldon Roberts.

The park is located on Hwy 115 between Cañon City and Florence, 2 miles east of MacKenzie Ave.

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