[Hotel Florence built in 1906. Photo: Jasperdo] Florence sits in the high deserts of Southern Colorado, between Cañon City and Pueblo. There’s a large historic district with numerous restaurants and shops.
The 2010 population was 3,881 and the elevation is 5,180 feet. The only supermax prison in America is located by Florence in Fremont County.
Florence began as a railroad depot for coal trains, going from nearby Rockvale and Coal Creek. In 1881 oil was discovered in Florence and the town blew up. It was incorporated in 1887.
Gold Belt Tour – The southern end of this national scenic byway loops by Florence.
Fishing – The Arkansas River flows by the north end of town, offering year round trout fishing and even summer tubing in this calmer section of water.
Florence Farmers Market – Enjoy local produce and crafts every Thursday morning from June to October in Pioneer Park.
Visit the Florence town website.
Things To Do near Florence, CO
- Royal Gorge Bridge (20mi)
- Florence Mountain Park
- Florence River Park
- Arkansas River (9mi)