Royal Gorge Area - South Central Colorado

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

 

Experience Royal Gorge, Canon City, Coaldale, Cotopaxi, Florence, Guffey, Penrose, and Texas Creek, Colorado

The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park reopened 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 also opened August 30, 2014. The Grand Opening Celebration for the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is set for April 2015.

Canon City, CO, Colorado Vacation Directory
Explore the Historic Shops of Downtown Canon City

 

The Arkansas River is important to this area for many reasons. It formed one of the most spectacular attractions in the state - the Royal Gorge. 8-miles west is the world's highest suspension bridge hanging a dizzying 1,053' above the rushing river and offers unforgettable vistas of the canyon in the city's largest park. If you'd rather take a more relaxed route, travel through the spectacular Royal Gorge by rail aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.

Arkansa River, Colorado Vacation Directory
The Arkansas River: Raft, Fish, Play

 

The Arkansas River also offers great fishing in the spring and fall seasons and rafting in the summer. Cotopaxi and Coaldale are popular launching pads to rafting the Arkansas River. 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.

The Goldbelt Tour Scenic Byway runs all throughout this area. Some of the routes are more for the thrill seekers but there are some easier, more relaxed roads. Take the High Park Road to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument or head to Cripple Creek.

Once a favorite camping area of the Ute Indians, both dinosaur bones and oil have been discovered here. Five miles north of the city is the Garden Park Fossil Area commemorating the 1877 dinosaur find. Another fun place to check out is the Indian Springs Trace Fossil Site. It is considered to be the best trace fossil locality in North America.

Guffey is a small mountain town less than a mile off Colorado Highway 9 surrounded by 25-miles of mountains and outdoor activities. Each 4th of July come and enjoy Annual Chicken Fly, with a "Chicken Drop", and the "Chicken Rollin' Alley."

Guffey, CO, Colorado Vacation Directory
Historic Guffey, Colorado

 

Other fun activities in the area include hiking the Rainbow Trail and Jeeping & ATVing in Texas Creek.

Commercial air travel accommodations are handled by the Pueblo Airport. Please contact your preferred travel agent or airline for flight arrangements. The Royal Gorge Area is 45 miles west of the Pueblo Airport.

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

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Premium Royal Gorge Area Businesses

Cañon City & Royal Gorge Route Railroad  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
Calling Railroad Enthusiast! Near Canon City a quintessential family attraction - A train route through the Royal Gorge - experience outstanding service, delicious food, unique cabin tickets, and Colorado.

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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.

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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
Whitewater trips on TWO GREAT RIVERS: The Arkansas River and Clear Creek. TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS: Royal Gorge and Idaho Springs! 2 hours to multi-day rafting tours. Something for everyone!

Weddings, Elopements & Honeymoons Groups and Reunions National Parks Whitewater Rafting 


Play Dirty ATV Tours  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
- Mountain ATV trail riding is exciting and fun! Texas Creek is the ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE CAPITAL of Colorado - we play dirty. Tours are a 15 minutes drive from Canon City; 1 hour from the Pikes Peak Area.

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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Cañon City & Royal Gorge Route Railroad  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
Calling Railroad Enthusiast! Near Canon City a quintessential family attraction - A train route through the Royal Gorge - experience outstanding service, delicious food, unique cabin tickets, and Colorado.

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Clear Creek Rafting Co.  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Whitewater trips on TWO GREAT RIVERS: The Arkansas River and Clear Creek. TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS: Royal Gorge and Idaho Springs! 2 hours to multi-day rafting tours. Something for everyone!

Weddings, Elopements & Honeymoons Groups and Reunions National Parks 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. Cutty's Resort a Family Destination: teen center, adult lodge, and 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 miles to Pueblo Reservoir for fishing, boating, hiking. Floyd's is 25 miles east of Royal Gorge Bridge; 40 miles south of Colorado Springs. Camp in pines!

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

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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.

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MoonShadow Ranch  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall - MoonShadow is a 1st Class Family Vacation Home. Breathe deep, relax, enjoy quiet tranquillity. 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 ATV trail riding is exciting and fun! Texas Creek is the ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE CAPITAL of Colorado - we play dirty. Tours are a 15 minutes drive from Canon City; 1 hour from the Pikes Peak Area.

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, RV Resort shaded pull thru 50 amp sites; separate tenting area. Prospector's for your family's vacation: arcade, heated pool, and hot tub.

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

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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.

Whitewater Rafting 


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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