If you are already in the Royal Gorge Region you’ve made a great choice among many beautiful and fun Colorado destinations. If you are just now considering a visit, we hope to see you soon. Cañon City has been called the “Climate Capital of Colorado!” We are warmer, dryer and sunnier than Colorado Springs and Denver. Close and convenient, but without the crowds and traffic that can overwhelm other popular destinations.
Families and visitors of all ages will find there are plenty of options to enjoy the area’s amazing scenery from your vehicle, aboard a historic train, or a guided jeep tour. Take in the sweeping mountain vistas from America’s highest suspension bridge, nearly 1,000 feet (305 m) to the bottom of the Royal Gorge, or from the deck of a beautifully appointed cabin while you enjoy a glass of wine from our local, award-winning winery.
Many visitors consider the Arkansas River our finest natural asset. We are America’s top destination for whitewater rafting, and anglers relish the fact it is the country’s longest stretch of Gold Medal Trout water. Our trail networks offer something for every ability level, whether on foot or a bicycle. Up for a challenge? Check out mountain bike trails, or world-class rock climbing. There is an exhilarating zipline across the gorge, plus classic and extreme courses above treetops and canyons.
Don’t forget to visit the region’s museums, history and heritage sites. Downtown Cañon City and Florence are both hidden gems offering quaint, locally-owned shops, farmers’ markets, restaurants, breweries, and annual festivals. Learn about dinosaurs that roamed this land 150 million years ago through outstanding indoor and outdoor exhibits and interpretive trails. A series of self-guided heritage tours are a helpful resource for further discovery, with ideas on other activities you can enjoy for free.
Plan more than a day to experience all the Royal Gorge Region has to offer. We recommend you spend at least a night, or more. Options include hotels, motels, cabins, B&Bs, full service and forest campgrounds, or even glamping! We hope you enjoy your visit, and look forward to welcoming you again. Safe travels.
Steve Kaverman, Chairman
Fremont County Tourism Council