Royal Gorge Area - South Central Colorado

Includes Canon City, Coaldale, Cotopaxi, Florence, Guffey, Penrose, Texas Creek

 

The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is re-opening on August 30, 2014 for guests to walk and drive across the bridge 7-days a week. The Royal Gorge Skycoaster, the Silver Railway, the Waterclock and a new Visitors Center will also be open August 30. Other attractions at the park are set to open in November. The Grand Opening Celebration for the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is set for April 2015.

Considered the climate capital of Colorado, Canon City's natural setting protects it from harsh weather. Once a favorite camping area of the Ute Indians, both dinosaur bones and oil were discovered here. Five miles north of the city is the Garden Park Monument commemorating the 1877 dinosaur find. The Arkansas River, flows through the city and offers great fishing west of town, formed one of the most spectacular attractions in the state - the Royal Gorge, 8 miles west. The world's highest suspension bridge hangs a dizzying 1,053' above the rushing river, offering unforgettable vistas of the 8 mile canyon in the city's largest park. Beginning in May 1999, for the first time in 30 years, you can now travel through the spectacular Royal Gorge by rail aboard the Canon City and Royal Gorge Railroad.

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Next to viewing the bridge, rafting the Arkansas River is the most popular reason for vacationing here, followed by fishing in the spring and fall. Cotopaxi and Coaldale are also popular launching pads to rafting the Arkansas River. The Colorado Territorial Prison in Canon City, built in 1868, is the only prison museum located next to a currently operating prison. Several scenic byways lead out of Canon City, including one through Phantom Canyon where the road passes granite tunnels and between sheer cliff walls on its way to Cripple Creek. Texas Creek, located between the Royal Gorge and Cotopaxi, was named by a Texas driver whose heard of longhorns was stampeded by a marauding bear one night.

Canon City Whitewater Park is along a stretch of the Arkansas River; this park attracts kayakers, rafters, boogie boarders, and tubers. There are two features to this course: Flytrap and Nessman. Beginners will want to try Flytrap at lower flows before, as it can be a little tricky. This course is home to the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival in June.

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The Arkansas River: Raft, Fish, Play
 

Guffey Colorado. A small mountain town less than a mile off Colorado Highway 9 at mile marker 21, surrounded by 25 miles of mountains and outdoor activities. This small town offers 3 restaurants, 2 bars, an antique shop, and a Post Office. Each 4th of July come and enjoy Annual Chicken Fly, with a "Chicken Drop", and the "Chicken Rollin' Alley." See the historic Guffey Jail and City Hall.

Royal Gorge Area is near: Colorado Springs Metro, Salida, San Isabel & Westcliffe

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Premium Royal Gorge Area Businesses

Indian Springs Ranch/Campground, LLP  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A unique, family friendly, accessible, destination campground - We LOVE groups. 5 miles east of Canon City, CO. A Registered National Natural Landmark for fossils - take a Fossil tour. 2,100 secluded acres.

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Adventure Outfitters  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Rafting! Family Fun to Expert Runs. 1/2 & Full Day trips in Bighorn Sheep Canyon and the Royal Gorge. Great Guides + Great Prices = Great Value! It's that simple! COMMITTED TO SAFETY & EXCELLENCE!

Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting 


Arkansas River Tours  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Since 1973, ART offers exceptional whitewater rafting trips on the Arkansas River; in Cotopaxi, between Canon City & Salida. Family reunions are our specialty! Gunnison Gorge Tours Wilderness Adventures.

Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting 


Clear Creek Rafting Co.  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
TWO GREAT RIVERS - TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS! Whitewater trips on the Arkansas River (Royal Gorge) and on Clear Creek (Idaho Springs), 2 hours to multi-day trips. There's something for everyone!

Weddings, Elopements & Honeymoons Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting 


Lost Paddle Rafting on the Arkansas River  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Your river adventure starts in Canon City: fun family floats or a wild ride through challenging whitewater, your pick! We offer trips for all ages. 2-hours from Denver. Less than one hour from Colorado Springs!

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Play Dirty ATV Tours  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Mountain trail riding is exciting and fun! Texas Creek is considered to be the ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE CAPITAL of Colorado. An hour scenic drive from the Pikes Peak Area and 15 minutes from Canon City.

Groups and Reunions ATVing and Offroading 



Featured Royal Gorge Area Businesses

Adventure Outfitters  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Rafting! Family Fun to Expert Runs. 1/2 & Full Day trips in Bighorn Sheep Canyon and the Royal Gorge. Great Guides + Great Prices = Great Value! It's that simple! COMMITTED TO SAFETY & EXCELLENCE!

Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting 


Arkansas River KOA & Loma Linda Motel  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
2000 foot frontage on beautiful Arkansas River with great fly fishing. WI-FI on-site. Campground & cabins with kitchenettes. Motel rooms. Family rates. Riverside pavilion for groups. Near ATV tours & trails.

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Arkansas River Tours  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Since 1973, ART offers exceptional whitewater rafting trips on the Arkansas River; in Cotopaxi, between Canon City & Salida. Family reunions are our specialty! Gunnison Gorge Tours Wilderness Adventures.

Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting 


Bandera's Bunkhouse, Cabins, Motel & RV Park  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Between the Royal Gorge and Salida: large air-conditioned cabins, bunkhouse motel, RV & tent park. Bandera's has GOLD MEDAL fishing! Views! Restaurant. WI-FI. Group area. Horses and pets welcome.

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Bighorn Park  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Full service Bighorn Park: modern cabins, motel, big rigs sites, along The Arkansas River with excellent fly-fishing. Between Salida & Canon City in Coaldale.

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Clear Creek Rafting Co.  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
TWO GREAT RIVERS - TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS! Whitewater trips on the Arkansas River (Royal Gorge) and on Clear Creek (Idaho Springs), 2 hours to multi-day trips. There's something for everyone!

Weddings, Elopements & Honeymoons Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting 


Cutty's Resort Hayden Creek  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
In the Rockies of Central Colorado, Hayden Creek is surrounded by National Land between Canon City and Salida off Highway 50. Family Vacation Destination: clubhouse, teen center, adult lodge, playground.

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Echo Canyon Campground  link to Colorado vacation
Mountain views, Echo Canyon is 5 miles from the Royal Gorge Bridge near Canon City. Campground: full hookup, pull-thru RV sites; secluded tenting; camper cabins with linens. 1 hour to Colorado Springs.

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Floyd's RV Park
Big Rigs Welcome! Classic Colorado RV Park, 15 minutes to Pueblo Reservoir for fishing and boating. 17 minutes east of Canon City. 25 minutes east of Royal Gorge. 40 minutes south of Colorado Springs.

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Guffey B&B's Hostel  link to Colorado vacation
The Royal Gorge Bridge is down the hill. Rustic 1800s' cabins, camp under the stars! Fish Eleven Mile Reservoir up the road. Cripple Creek is over the hill. We are central for your Colorado vacation fun.

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Indian Springs Ranch/Campground, LLP  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A unique, family friendly, accessible, destination campground - We LOVE groups. 5 miles east of Canon City, CO. A Registered National Natural Landmark for fossils - take a Fossil tour. 2,100 secluded acres.

Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts Pool on site More fun things to do 


Lost Paddle Rafting on the Arkansas River  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Your river adventure starts in Canon City: fun family floats or a wild ride through challenging whitewater, your pick! We offer trips for all ages. 2-hours from Denver. Less than one hour from Colorado Springs!

Scenic Byways Whitewater Rafting 


MoonShadow Ranch  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall - MoonShadow is an amazing family retreat. Breathe deep, relax, enjoy the quiet tranquillity of our 4-bedroom Ranch. Between Salida and Canon City in the Royal Gorge Region.

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Mountain View RV Resort
Mountain View RV Resort - Located in the Heart of Royal Gorge Country, west of Canon City. Nearby attractions include, Rafting, Fishing, Hunting, Hiking, Horseback Riding & more!

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Play Dirty ATV Tours  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Mountain trail riding is exciting and fun! Texas Creek is considered to be the ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE CAPITAL of Colorado. An hour scenic drive from the Pikes Peak Area and 15 minutes from Canon City.

Groups and Reunions ATVing and Offroading 


Prospector's RV Resort at Royal Gorge  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Near Canon City and Royal Gorge Bridge: Air-Conditioned cabins, shaded pull thru RV sites with 50 amp service; separate tenting area. Ideal for your family's vacation with mini-golf, heated pool, and hot tub.

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Raft Masters, Inc  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
Raft Two Rivers: The incredible Arkansas River is 45 miles from Colorado Springs in Canon City; and, Clear Creek only 30 miles from Denver in Idaho Springs. FREE wetsuit and river-boot use on all trips.

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Royal Gorge Rafting, Zip Line Tours, Vacation Rentals & White Water Bar & Grill  link to Colorado vacation
Experience Counts! Ours & yours! We always provide free wetsuits, private photographers & entertaining slideshows of your trip and more! All Royal Gorge Rafting guides have a minimum of 4 years experience.

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Royal Gorge Vacation Rentals  link to Colorado vacation
Affordable vacation rentals on 180 private acres along the Arkansas River and atop the Royal Gorge Plateau with access to rafting, fishing and private beach. Specializing in Wedding Vacation Packages!

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Starlite Classic Campground, The  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
Vacation near the Royal Gorge at this small family park with 9 classic campers, 3 cabins, RV and Tent sites. Experience life in the PAST LANE when you stay in a retro camper reminiscent of the 1940-50s.

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Sweetwater River Ranch  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
On the Arkansas River. Small, peaceful, relaxing. Near Royal Gorge, Canon City, Salida, and Westcliffe. WI-FI. On-site fishing and bird watching. Rafting, hiking, wildlife viewing, ATV and Jeep trails nearby.

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For more travel information contact:

Royal Gorge Area Activities and Maps

National Historic Sites and Landmarks:
Garden Park Fossil Area
Indian Springs Trace Fossil Site

Scenic Byways:
Goldbelt Tour Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Hiking Trails:
Rainbow Trail Hiking

Fishing:
Arkansas River Headwaters Fishing Map - East

Rafting & Kayaking:
Arkansas River Rafting

Jeep & 4WD:
Texas Creek Jeeping & ATV Trails

Local Area Maps:
Royal Gorge & Canon City Area Map


 
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