How is Cañon City Pronounced?

Tilde the Albino Deer in Cañon City, Colorado
Photo: Beverly Sherfield

Cañon City it's pronounced "Canyon City." In 1994, the United States Board on Geographic Names approved adding the tilde to the official name of Cañon City, a change from Canon City as the official name in its decisions of 1906 and 1975. It is one of the few U.S. cities to have the Spanish Ñ in its name. The tilde in Cañon City's name has become its symbol and is sported on shirts, signs and souvenirs.

A rare albino mule deer roams the neighborhoods of Cañon City and has been spotted countless times around town. In 2019, Cañon City's Mayor read a proclamation designating the deer’s new name, Tilde, which also is the character placed over the “ñ” in Cañon City. He said the tilde is as unique to the city as the deer. In naming Tilde, the deer is now off-limits from any and all hunting efforts. 

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Above all else, I want Cañon City to be a great place to raise a family, full of opportunity, growth, recreation, and safety.

Ashley Smith, Mayor Cañon City, Colorado

I left Denver to take a job in Cañon City and don't want to leave this place! I can hike at lunch or be at some of the most beautiful places within minutes. No traffic to work and the housing is way more affordable! Lots of local dining and shopping in town with big city shopping only 30 minutes away if I ever need it.

Katy M Cañon City, Colorado

We love Cañon City and all of the natural beauty surrounding where we live and work! Moving out of traffic-plagued North Texas and to this tech-minded community in beautiful Colorado has been a long-time dream come true.

Kenny H Cañon City, Colorado