Area information and nearby airports

Training Location 


Canon City is located approximately 40 miles SW of Colorado Springs and 125 miles south of Denver. The climate is usually warm and dry with possible rain showers in the afternoons during class seasons. Evenings are usually cool. The terrain in the southern Colorado region is a combination of high desert with rocky mountains, wooded areas, and mountain streams. Catus is common. A variety of wildlife is common in training areas and may include; Mountain lions, Deer, Elk, Coyote, Praire dogs, Snakes, Beaver, and Bears.


Hotels, Campgrounds and Abby Accommodations


Prices for Hotels may be seasonal and are subject to change. All dogs must be in crates while in hotels. We recommend that you book your room accommodations at the Best Western and tell them you are with the Canine Training Academy. 

If you wish to share a room with another student we will supply the names of others who wish to double up. If you have any questions or need assistance with accommodations please call us. 


Best Western Hotel 


110 Latigo Lane

Canon City, Co. 81212.

719-275-2400 (local booking number)

This Hotel is where we hold classroom training and meet daily for field-work. Students booking here will receive a group rate. When you book, tell them you are with us.


Abby Event Center (for Dick Staal classes)

2951 East Hwy 50

Canon City, Co. 81212


The Abby Event Center has dormitory-style rooms available at a cheaper rate than the Best Western. Please call them for more information about room rates and availability. Headly Hall dorm rooms.


Royal Gorge KOA:


719-275-6116  (8 miles from daily meeting areas). 

Campgrounds are available and are 8-10 miles from Canon City. About a 20-minute drive from classroom and daily meeting areas.

Please see our What to bring


Airport Information


  • Colorado Spring Municipal Airport is about a 1-hour drive to the Canon City area. We recommend you fly into Colorado Springs.

  • Denver International Airport is a 2 1/2 hour drive to the Canon City Area.

  • Rental cars are available at both Airports.


The Academy cannot provide transportation for the student to and from airports or training areas. Teams flying in for classes must provide their own transportation and crates for their dogs.


Directions from Colorado Springs Municipal Airport to the Best Western in Canon City.


  • Head northwest on Milton E Proby Pkwy toward Milton E Proby Pkwy 

  • Continue to follow Milton E Proby 3.2 mi 

  • Continue on Milton E Proby to Academy Blvd. Turn left (South) on Academy Blvd (CO-83).

  • Continue to follow SE Academy Blvd 3.9 mi. Exit on the left onto S. CO-115 and continue 29.5 mi. 

  • When you come to Penrose, take the ramp onto US-50 W. and continue for approximately 11 miles. The hotel will be on the right off US-50 as you come into Canon City.