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The Cañon City-Royal Gorge Area has a diverse history. In 1874, 38 million year-old fossils were discovered in the Cripple Creek area. Dinosaur bones were later discovered in the Royal Gorge area in 1877. Ute, Cheyenne, Arapaho and Kiowa tribes lived here before the Europeans came. Like so many of Colorado's towns, prospectors settled this area during the late 1800's gold rush. In addition, the Spanish and mountain men came to the area to do business, however, unlike many of Colorado's towns, it was not abandoned after the gold rush. Today, the area offers a myriad of possibilities for visitors.

Canon City, Colorado from the air looking west
Cañon City is Along the Arkansas River at the Base of Royal Gorge Canyon
View of the Royal Gorge, Colorado looking southwest from the north side
Take a Unforgettable Walk Across the Iconic Royal Gorge Bridge

The beauty of the area is truly spectacular. "Spacious skies, amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties," Katharine Lee Bates got her inspiration for her famous song and poem, "America the Beautiful," while looking out over Colorado Springs from Pikes Peak. From the purple mountains to the alpine forests, to the natural red rock formations in Garden of the Gods and the mysterious Cave of the Winds, as well as, the abundant wildlife, there is beauty of all shapes and sizes. Visit Dome State Wildlife Area to see bighorn sheep, deer, elk, bobcats, coyotes, eagles and wild turkeys.

A calm Lake San Isabel in the fall in Colorado
Lake San Isabel is Beautiful in the Fall
Main Street in Westcliffe, Colorado with mountains in the background
Hometown Charm of Westcliffe, Colorado

Other places to visit include the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, which protects ancient fossils from 34 million years ago. Garden Park Monument was established after dinosaur bones were found in the area. Dinosaur Depot, an interpretive and educational museum, was built to offer a fun way for kids to learn about the dinosaurs that roamed the area so long ago. Casinos are also in the area where you can try and strike it rich, much like the prospectors who originally settled here.

Rafting the Arkansas River in Colorado
Rafting the Arkansas River is a Fun and Unforgettable Experience
Hayden Creek Road with view of Hayden Pass, Colorado
Beautiful View Heading Up Towards Hayden Pass

There are numerous trails for hikers and bikers and great fishing and rafting opportunities in the Arkansas River. This river rushes below the world's highest suspension bridge at 6,800' above sea level and 1,053' above the Arkansas River. Fishing and sailing are also popular at the man-made Pueblo Reservoir that is surrounded by limestone cliffs.

Come visit the Cañon City-Royal Gorge Area to see all walks of life through history - natural and man-made, past and present.

Royal Gorge Area Activities & Maps

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

Scenic Byways:
Gold Belt Tour Scenic Byway

Hiking Trails:
Rainbow Trail Hiking

Arkansas River Headwaters Fishing Map - East

Rafting & Kayaking:
Arkansas River Rafting & Kayaking

Jeep & 4WD:
Texas Creek Jeeping & ATV/UTV Trails

Local Area Maps:
Royal Gorge & Cañon City Area Map

More Activities & Information

Colorado Springs Metro, Colorado includes: Black Forest, Falcon, Fountain, Monument

Greenhorn Valley, Colorado includes: Beulah, Colorado City, Lake San Isabel, Rye, San Isabel

Pueblo, Colorado includes: Pueblo West

Royal Gorge Area, Colorado includes: Cañon City, Coaldale, Cotopaxi, Florence, Guffey, Penrose, Texas Creek

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