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The Royal Gorge is a canyon on the Arkansas River near Cañon City, Colorado. With a width of 50 feet  at its base and a few hundred feet at its top, and a depth of 1,250 feet in places, the 10-mile-long canyon is a narrow, steep gorge through the granite of Fremont Peak. It is one of the deepest canyons in Colorado. The Royal Gorge is also called the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas. read more
 










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Other Cañon City Area Attractions see activities

bullet Royal Gorge Bridge
bullet Aerial Tram Car Ride
bullet Incline Railway
bullet Scenic Train
bullet Wapiti Western Wild Life Park
bullet Plaza Theater
bullet Royal Gorge Helitours
 
bullet Skyline Drive
bullet Skyline Razor Ridge Family Park
bullet Blossom Festival
bullet Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
bullet Dinosaur Depot
bullet Museum of Colorado Prisons
bullet Historic Downtown Cañon City
bullet Buckskin Joe Frontier Town
bullet Skydiving
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Cañon City Hotels, Resorts, Vacation Rentals and other Accommodations
  • Holiday Inn Express Canon City Hotel  (877) 863-4780
     
  • Quality Inn & Suites Canon City
    (719) 275-8676
     
  • Best Western Royal Gorge
    (719) 275-3377
     
  • Super 8 Canon City
     (719) 275-8687
     
  • Budget Host-Royal Gorge Inn
    (719) 269-1100
     
  • Comfort Inn
     (719) 276-6900
     
  • Hotel St Nicholas
    (719) 689-0856
     
  • Hampton Inn Canon City
    (719) 269-1112
     
  • Comfort Inn Canon City
     (719) 276-6900
     
  • Colorado Inn
    (719) 275-9601

    Canon City Bed & Breakfast
     
  • Florence Rose B & B
    719-784-4734
     
  • Jewel of the Canyons
    1-719-275-0378
    1-866-875-0378

    Cabins for Rent
  • Arkansas River KOA &  Motel
    800-562-2686
     
  • Bandera's Bunkhouse
    719-942-3811
     
  • Bighorn Park
    719-942-4266
     
  • Cutty's Resort Hayden Creek
    719-942-4222
     
  • Guffey B&B's Hostel
    719-689-3291
     
  • Mountain View RV Park & Cafe
    719-275-0900
     
  • Royal Gorge Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
    800-341-4471
     
  • Sweetwater River Ranch
    888-793-3842

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Camping and RV in the Cañon City Area

  • Four Mile RV & Campground
    3120 E Main St, Canon City
     
  • Royal View Campground
    227 County Road 61, Canon City
     
  • Rainbowtrail Lutheran Camp
    107 S 9th St # B, Canon City
     
  • Arkansas River KOA &  Motel
    Between Canon City and Salida, near milepost marker 247. Highway 50
     
  • Bighorn Park on the Arkansas River
    at mile marker 242 on US Hwy 50
     
  • Cutty's Resort Hayden Creek
    US 50, 32 miles west of Canon City, to Coaldale, then turn south on the Hayden Creek Road and travel 3.5 miles to the resort
     
  • Indian Springs Ranch
    5 miles east of Canon City on US Highway 50, then 3 miles north on Highway 67 (Phantom Canyon Road), then turn left at sign and go 1-1/2 miles
     
  • Royal Gorge Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
    One mile west of the Royal Gorge Bridge entrance, 43595 US Highway 50
     
  • See list and Map Locator for
    BLM Campgrounds

Cañon City Tours & Activities

Arkansas River Rafting

  • Adventures Outwest
  • Adventure Quest
  • American Adventures
  • Arkansas River Tours
  • Acquired Taste
  • Black Diamond River Runners
  • Buffalo Joe's
  • Canyon Marine
  • Clear Creek Rafting
  • Echo Canyon River Expeditions
  • Four Corners Rafting
  • Lost Paddle Rafting
  • Raft Masters
  • Raven Rafters
  • Royal Gorge Rafting
  • River Runners
  • Riverside Rafting Resort
  • The Adventure Company
  • Vessels for Honor
  • Whitewater Encounters

Cañon City, Royal Gorge & Surrounding Area Mountain Biking and Hiking

  • Arkansas Riverwalk - Easy
    6 miles · In Cañon City along the Arkansas River, winding through forests and wetlands. Trailheads are at Sell Ave. (off 9th St.) to the west and Ash Street to the east.
     
  • Stultz Trail - Moderate
    3 miles · Located 7 miles south of Cañon City on Oak Creek Grade (CR 143), traversing forest, scrub oak and high-mountain meadows as it climbs in elevation.
     
  • Garden Park Fossil Area Interpretive Trail - Easy
    6 miles north of Cañon City, this easy, where many different species of dinosaurs have been discovered.
     
  • Temple Canyon Trail - Moderate/Difficult
    10 miles south of Cañon City off Temple Canyon Road, following Grape Creek which flows through "The Temple", a natural rock formation that is said to be haunted.
     
  • Newlin Creek Trail - Easy
    5.5 miles · Trailhead off Hwy 67 just south of Florence, in the San Isabel National Forest, crossing through pine and fir forests as it climbs 1360'.
     
  • Red Canyon Park Trails - Easy
    Red Canyon Park is a 600 acre wonderland (just 10 miles north of Cañon City off Red Canyon Road) with many trails to the amazing red rock formations and vertical spires.
     
  • Sand Gulch Trail - Easy
    A secluded hike (just north of Cañon City off Red Canyon Road) offers tremendous views of the Sangre de Cristo Range as well as beautiful canyon scenery and wildlife.
     
  • Tunnel Drive - Easy
    2 miles · This trail is flat (except for the 1st 200 yards) following the Arkansas River making its way through 3 granite tunnels. Trailhead at the west end of Cañon City off Hwy 50.
     
  • Rainbow Trail - Easy/Moderate
    Accessed from the trailhead by the Alvarado Campground south of Westcliffe, running along the base of the 14,000' Sangre de Cristo Range. It features grand views of the Sangres, the Wet Mountain Valley, diverse wildlife, wildflowers and aspen groves.
     
  • Beaver Creek Trail - Moderate
    Located northeast of Hwy 67/Florence, off Phantom Canyon Road, providing solitude as it follows the Beaver Creek above Penrose. A popular trail when the mountains are still snow-packed.
     
  • Big Cottonwood Trail - Moderate
    10 miles · Located, 3 miles west of Cotopaxi off Big Cottonwood Road, a favorite for fishermen.
     
  • See Rainbow Trail Hiking and biking in Westcliffe

4x4 Touring

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Restaurants
Royal Gorge Restaurants
  • Royal Grill
    inside the Visitors Center
     
  • The Pizza and Sub Garden
    just to the left before crossing the Bridge
     
  • The Cliff Terrace
    located on the south rim of the Royal Gorge
     
  • More snack stops throughout the Park!
Canon City Restaurants
  • Merlino's Belvedere Restaurant
    (719) 275-5558
     
  • Le Petit Chablis
    (719) 269-3333
     
  • Mr Ed's Family Restaurant
    (719) 275-5833
     
  • Dirito's Italian Restaurant
    (719) 276-7240
     
  • Momo Japanese Restaurant
    (719) 275-3667
     
  • Pizza Madness
    (719) 276-3088
     
  • Denny's
    (719) 269-1900
     
  • Pizza Hut
    (719) 269-3000
     
  • Ortega's Restaurant
    (719) 275-9437
     
  • Domino's Pizza
    (719) 275-1631
     
  • 16th Street Cafe
    (719) 275-5211
     
  • Alfonsos Mexican Food
    (719) 276-0186
     
  • Arbys Roast Beef Restaurant
    (719) 275-6659
     
  • Big Burger World
    (719) 275-8079
     
  • Bufmack Family Restaurant
    (719) 275-8300
     
  • Burger King
    (719) 275-8811
     
  • Canon Inn
    (719) 275-8676
     
  • Chilis Grill & Bar
    (719) 269-1932
     
  • Chinese Cafe
    (719) 275-5666
     
  • Constantinos West Inn Inc
    (719) 275-1691
     
  • Cougars Den Steakhouse
    (719) 276-0260
     
  • Dairy Queen
    (719) 269-3511
     
  • DiRitos Italian Restaurant
    (719) 276-7240
     
  • DJs Steakhouse
    (719) 275-1299
     
  • Dominos Pizza
    (719) 275-1631
     
  • Dragon Gate Chinese Restaurant
    (719) 275-0684
     
  • El Caporal
    (719) 276-2001
     
  • Frying Pan
    (719) 269-3530
     
  • Jabber Juice
    (719) 276-9481

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About the Royal Gorge

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Admission Fees (prices subject to change. May be additional charges)
Family Annual Passport $ 125.00 USD
An annual passport for a family of four with all the benefits of an Individual Annual Passport. Good for a full year.

Individual Annual Passport - Adult $ 36.00 USD
Individual Annual Passport - Adult (age 12-59)
An annual passport allows you unlimited park visits on regular operating days for one full year. Pays for itself with just two visits to the park in the year.

Individual Annual Passport - Child (age 4-11) $ 28.50 USD
An annual passport allows you unlimited park visits on regular operating days for one full year. Pays for itself with just two visits to the park in the year.

Individual Annual Passport - Senior (age 60+) $ 31.50 USD
An annual passport allows you unlimited park visits on regular operating days for one full year. Pays for itself with just two visits to the park in the year.

2009 Individual Daily Passport (Peak Season) - Adult (age 12-59) $ 22.00 USD

One-day admission ticket valid during the Peak Season, April 25, 2009 - October 4, 2009.

2009 Individual Daily Passport (Peak Season) - Child (age 4-11) $ 17.00 USD
One-day admission ticket valid during the Peak Season, April 25, 2009 - October 4, 2009.

2009 Individual Daily Passport (Peak Season) - Senior (age 60+) $ 19.00 USD
One-day admission ticket valid during the Peak Season, April 25, 2009 - October 4, 2009

Park Hours (2008/2009):

Bridge-only Hours (daily, all year)
7:00am to 8:00am, and from 1/2 hour before park closing time until dusk

Royal Gorge Park Features

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park have more than 360 acres and 21 rides, shows and attractions. This is the world's highest Suspension Bridge that hangs 1,053 feet high and spans a quarter mile across the canyon.

Lots of fun for the kids,  with an antique Carousel featuring a fantastic menagerie of amazing animals, the Silver Rock Railway, Petting Zoo with burro rides and the new Wapiti Western Wildlife Park with rare white American Bison, Big Horn Sheep and Rocky Mountain Elk.

Plaza Theatre with Historical Display
Gift shops
Restaurants
Camping
Hike and bike the breathtaking scenic trails
Group activity at Juniper Junction picnic area and Bighorn Mountaintop Lodge

  • Royal Gorge Bride
    The world's highest suspension bridge.
    open year-round.
    More Info: 1-888-333-5597
     
  • Royal Gorge Bridge Quick Facts:

    • Construction on the world's highest Suspension Bridge began June 5, 1929 and completed Nov. 1929
    • Length: 1,260 feet (384 meters)
    • Width: 18 feet (5 meters)
    • Main Span: 880 feet (268 meters)
    • Towers: 150 feet high (46 meters)
    • 2,100 strands of No.9 galvanized wire
    • Weight of cables: 300 tons
    • 1,000 tons of steel in the floor of Bridge
    • Walkway: made of 1,292 planks of deck, about 250 are replaced annually
    • Original cost to build: $350,000 - cost today about $20-million
    • Bridge will support in excess of two-million pounds
    • Listed on the National Historic Register
  • Incline Railway
    Descend in the Incline Railway car in a natural gulch, as the towering granite walls lead you 1,550 feet down to the roaring Arkansas River. This  is the world's steepest Incline Railway and was designed by the same engineer as the bridge.
     
    • Construction began in 1930 and completed in 1931
    • Length of incline: 1,550 feet (473 meters)
    • 100% grade, 45-degree angle
    • Powered by Otis Elevator with a completely automatic SCR drive system
    • Standby emergency diesel engine
    • Maximum speed: 11.4 mph
    • Rate of descent: 3 mph
    • Weight of cars: 4,500 lbs.
    • Travel time: 5.5 minutes each way
    • Same engineering and construction crews that built the Bridge
    • Safety: nineteen manually operated stopping devices, also equipped with automatic governor to stop each car
    • Listed on the National Historic Register 
  • Scenic Train
     A scale-model of "Old 424", the vintage train is an exact replica of the original 1893 locomotive. One of the  best ways to experience the Royal Gorge is the exciting Royal Gorge Route Railroad. The railroad tracks were laid over 120 years ago. The current day service  provides 12-miles of  scenery. The 12-miles of track follow a section of Denver & Rio Grande Railroad directly through the Gorge and you can view many kinds of wildlife all along the way. Passengers may choose from First-Class or Coach seating, along with famous Gourmet Lunch and Dinner Trains. The train has climate controlled coaches, first-class cars and open-air observation cars. The trip lasts 2-hours and is 24-miles. Open year-round.  The ride is one mile long (1.610 km).
     
  • Royal Gorge Plaza Theater
    A  twelve-minute multi-media presentation tells the story of this natural attraction and of the brave men who envisioned and built the world's highest Suspension Bridge and steepest Incline Railway.
     
    • Seats 210 and shows every half hour
    • 12 projectors, 1 laser disc, 5 screens
    • 12-minute multi-media presentation
  • Wapiti Western Wildlife Park

    Nestled within the larger park on the South rim is the all new Wapiti Western Wildlife Park®. This is real Colorado Wildlife, and it's not just history. It's alive today with rare white American Bison, families of Rocky Mountain Elk, and the rarely seen Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep all in one Colorado theme park. The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park has specially designed enclosures that allow you to walk between the Colorado animals for optimal viewing of these magnificent creatures. The animals thrive in this natural habitat and with our successful breeding program, you'll never know what new baby animals you may see camouflaged against the background of wildflowers and fragrant evergreens. Enjoy nature within the theme park on your Colorado family vacation or day trip to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park near Cañon City, Colorado.
     
  • Aerial Tram Ride
    Glide across the majestic gorge in the cabin of the world's longest single-span Aerial Tram
    Breathtaking views of the bridge, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Arkansas River below.
     
    • Built in 1968 at a cost of $350,000
    • Length: 2,200 feet (671 meters)
    • Height above Arkansas River: 1,178 feet (359 meters)
    • Power: direct current motor
    • Auxiliary gasoline emergency standby engine
    • Maximum speed: 11.4 mph
    • Capacity of cabin: 35 passengers
    • Track cables weigh over seven tons each
    • More than two miles of cables utilized in tramway system
    • Safety: wind-warning gauges working at all times; tram will not operate during severe weather or gusty winds

Cañon City

Music and Blossom Festival

Winery at the Holy Cross Abbey

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey where you can taste award winning Colorado wines. There is also a gift shop to add to your collection.
More Info:  719 276-5191
or toll free: 877 422-9463

Royal Gorge Helitours
Experience the Royal Gorge from the air in a turbine powered helicopter.
7 days a week, May26-Sept 6.
More info: 719 276-9038

Dinosaur Depot
Dinosaur Depot is an educational museum, with two viewable labs, with guides providing tours of both the museum and Garden Park Fossil Area. You will also find a wonderful gift shop offering educational and fun items.

Cañon City has world renowned "dino digs" and Paleontologists work right on the premises on fossils from the Garden Park Area. You can observe them as they uncover the secrets to our past while learning about the dinosaurs that inhabited Cañon City long ago.
Open 9-5 daily, June-August and 10-4 Tuesday-Saturday, September-May.
More info: 719 269-7150
toll free at: 800 987-6379

Museum of Colorado Prisons
A visit into the incarcerations of the past!  You can also learn about "Hannibal the Cannibal", Alfred Packer, who was one of the prison's more notorious inmates.
Location:  1st & Macon.
More info: 719 269-3015

Historic Downtown Cañon City
This is the largest historical/commercial district in Colorado. Canon City is listed in the National Historic Register for it's multiple buildings designed in the architecture of the early 1900's. A walking tour guide is available at the Chamber of Commerce.

Buckskin Joe Frontier Town
Explore the 1860's authentically restored Frontier town.
Silver Dollar Saloon
Gold Nugget Restaurant
San Isabelle Mine
More Info: 719 275-5149

Skydiving
Solo flights and tandem free-falls.
Location: Fremont County Airport on U.S. 50 in Cañon City.
Tandem free-falls $160 cash
Solo jump, with ground school, is $250.
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
More Info:  719 265-9161 or 719 237-4090
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Camping

 

Camping along the Arkansas River

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Backcountry Hiking and Camping

Map Locators for Cañon City and the Royal Gorge
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Directions By Car
From the Northwest, Grand Junction, CO to the Royal Gorge
US-50 245 mi 4 hours 57 mins 
 I-70 E 291 mi 5 hours 6 mins
Grand Junction to the Royal Gorge
I-70 Bus/US-50 0.8 mi
Turn right at S 5th St/US-50
Continue to follow US-50 4.6 mi
Continue on CO-50 41.3 mi
Continue on S Main St/US-50
Continue to follow US-50 15.0 mi
Turn left at E Main St/US-50
Continue to follow US-50 124 mi
Turn left at W US-50 52.8 mi
Turn right at County Hwy-3A/County Rd-3A/Fremont
Continue to follow County Hwy-3A/County Rd-3A



From the NorthEast, Denver to the Royal Gorge and Cañon City
162 mi – about 2 hours 52 mins
Map of Directions from Denver to the Royal Gorge

I-25 S/US-6 W/US-85 S/US-87 S via the ramp to Colorado Springs
Continue to follow I-25 S/US-87 S 111 mi
Take exit 101 toward W US-50 0.3 mi
Turn right at W US-50 44.0 mi
Turn left at County Hwy-3A/County Rd-3A/Fremont
Continue to follow County Hwy-3A/County Rd-3A 4.8 mi

Red Line are the alternate scenic routes
Denver take  I-25 south to Hwy 285, go west through Fairplay, to Buena Vista and then  onto Hwy 50 from Salida, follow Hwy 50 south to County Hwy-3A/County Rd-3A/Fremont

Colorado Springs go west on Hwy 24 to Buena Vista through Salida and then onto Hwy 50 from Salida, follow Hwy 50 south to County Hwy-3A/County Rd-3A/Fremont. You can also take Hwy 115 from the south end of Colorado Springs, (road not shown on map) to Penrose turn right onto Hwy 50 go west to Canon City continue to County Hwy-3A/County Rd-3A/Fremont turn left to the Royal Gorge

From the Southeast, Pueblo Colorado to the Royal Gorge
52.3 mi – about 1 hour 14 mins
Pueblo, Colorado to the Royal Gorge
Head northwest on W Abriendo Ave toward W 4th St/CO-96 36 ft
Turn left at CO-96/Lincoln St
Continue to follow CO-96 2.0 mi
Turn right at CO-45/S Pueblo Blvd 4.0 mi
Turn left at W US-50 41.5 mi
Turn left at County Hwy-3A/County Rd-3A/Fremont
Continue to follow County Hwy-3A/County Rd-3A

Westcliffe, Colorado to the Royal Gorge
46.4 mi 1 hour 21 mins
Westcliffe Colorado to the Royal Gorge
Follow CO-69North 24.0 mi
Turn right at US-50 17.6 mi
Turn right at County Hwy-3A/County Rd-3A/Fremont
Continue to follow County Hwy-3A/County Rd-3A 4.8 mi


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