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Royal Gorge Area - South Central Colorado

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

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

The Royal Gorge Area features the Arkansas River, 2 national fossil sites, a scenic byway, the Royal Gorge Bridge and a tourist train. Cañon City has a rejuvenated downtown shopping district and the Arkansas Riverwalk Fitness Course, making this area a great vacation destination with more than 300 sunny days a year.

Canon City, Colorado
Explore the Historic Shops of Downtown Cañon City
 

The Royal Gorge Bridge, built as a tourist attraction, opened in 1929 and spans the gorge with the Arkansas River 956 feet below. The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is an amusement park along the edge of the Royal Gorge and is open daily. Be sure to stop and walk across one of the world’s highest suspension bridges! Your family will enjoy spending a day playing together: aerial gondola, plaza theater, historic artifacts, 17 minute video on the bridge and park, children’s playland, Royal Rush Skycoaster and Cloudscraper Zip Line. In summer there is a concert series.

Arkansas River, Colorado
The Arkansas River: Raft, Fish, Play
The Royal Gorge Bridge in the Canon City Area
The Royal Gorge Bridge Must be Seen in Person

 

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. Cañon 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, Colorado
Discover and Explore Historic Town of Guffey, Colorado -- A Rustic Ghost Town
The sign to the historic Gold Belt Tour in the Royal Gorge Area
See Some of Colorado's Mines of the Past Along the Historic Gold Belt Tour

 

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, Greenhorn Valley, Pueblo, Salida, & Westcliffe

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Premium Royal Gorge Area Businesses

Arkansas River Tours - Family Floats to Extreme Adventures  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Family reunions - Our specialty! Since 1973, ART offers exceptional floats trips to extreme adventures on the Arkansas River; in Cotopaxi, between Canon City and Salida. Wilderness Tours in Gunnison Gorge.

Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting 


Clear Creek Rafting Co.  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Something for everyone! From 2-hours to multi-day rafting tours. Whitewater trips on 2 GREAT RIVERS: Clear Creek and The Arkansas River. 2 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS: Idaho Springs and Canon City!

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


Indian Springs Ranch, LLP and Campground  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
A unique, family friendly, accessible, destination campground. A NATIONAL NATURAL LANDMARK FOR FOSSILS -- Weekend tours. 2,100 secluded acres. 5 miles from Canon City, CO. We LOVE GROUPS!

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


Play Dirty ATV Tours - Mountain Trail Riding  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
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 Pikes Peak Area.

Groups and Reunions ATVing and Offroading 


Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience: Dinosaur Museum and Activity Center  Web page link icon Photos on page icon New Colorado business icon
The Dino experience in Canon City with interactive dinosaurs, museum activity center, ropes course and dinosaur wild walk. The Royal Gorge region's first fossilized bones were uncovered in Garden Park.

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Featured Royal Gorge Area Businesses

A Raft Masters Adventure  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Rafting adventures on either The Arkansas River, 45 miles from Colorado Springs in Canon City; or, Clear Creek, 30 miles from Denver in Idaho Springs. Raft Masters FREE use of wetsuit and river-boots.

Whitewater Rafting 


Arkansas River KOA, Loma Linda Motel and Kitchenette Cabins  Email link icon Photos on page icon
Along beautiful Arkansas River with 2,000 foot of great fly-fishing. WiFi! KOA Campground and Loma Linda Kitchenette Motel rooms and cabins. Riverside group pavilion. Family rates. Near ATV tours, trails.

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Arkansas River Tours - Family Floats to Extreme Adventures  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Family reunions - Our specialty! Since 1973, ART offers exceptional floats trips to extreme adventures on the Arkansas River; in Cotopaxi, between Canon City and Salida. Wilderness Tours in Gunnison Gorge.

Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting 


Bandera's Bunkhouse, Cabins & Motel  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon Location map of property icon
Bandera offers a great location between Royal Gorge and Salida: lodging, motel, large cabins, pets allowed, campfires, camping, Arkansas gold medal fishing, Views! WI-FI! Group area. Call for discounts.

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Bighorn Park Campground and RV Resort  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Bighorn Park Resort: modern cabins, motel, BIG RIGS sites along the Arkansas River, excellent fly-fishing. Campground between Salida and Canon City in Coaldale.

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Cañon City Chamber of Commerce  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
The Royal Gorge Region offers year-round family activities: fishing (best fly fishing in the nation), rafting. bicycling, golfing, hiking, horseback riding, ATV trips, mountain climbing, shopping, dining in Canon City.

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Clear Creek Rafting Co.  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Something for everyone! From 2-hours to multi-day rafting tours. Whitewater trips on 2 GREAT RIVERS: Clear Creek and The Arkansas River. 2 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS: Idaho Springs and Canon City!

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


Floyd's RV Park - Camp in the Pines
Classic CO RV Park; camp in pines! Floyd's is 25 miles E of Royal Gorge Bridge; 40 miles NW of Cripple Creek Gaming on Phantom Canyon. BIG RIG FRIENDLY! 15 miles to Pueblo Reservoir: hike, fish, boat.

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Indian Springs Ranch, LLP and Campground  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
A unique, family friendly, accessible, destination campground. A NATIONAL NATURAL LANDMARK FOR FOSSILS -- Weekend tours. 2,100 secluded acres. 5 miles from Canon City, CO. We LOVE GROUPS!

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


MoonShadow Ranch  Web page link icon
Mild Weather Year Round -- MoonShadow is a Family Vacation Home -- 4-bedroom Ranch -- between Salida and Canon City -- In the Royal Gorge Region. In summer and winter gear up for fishing or ATVing.

vacation homes Family Friendly 


Play Dirty ATV Tours - Mountain Trail Riding  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
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 Pikes Peak Area.

Groups and Reunions ATVing and Offroading 


Prospectors RV Resort at Royal Gorge  Photos on page icon
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: WI-FI, arcade, heated pool, hot tub.

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Royal Gorge Cabins - Whitewater Rafting with Echo Canyon - 8 Mile Bar/Grill  Reservation link icon Photos on page icon
Modern Cabins and Glamping Tent rentals 1 hour from Colorado Springs near the Royal Gorge. On-site: Echo Canyon River Expeditions, seasonal restaurant, free activity concierge. Incredible mountain views!

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Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience: Dinosaur Museum and Activity Center  Web page link icon Photos on page icon New Colorado business icon
The Dino experience in Canon City with interactive dinosaurs, museum activity center, ropes course and dinosaur wild walk. The Royal Gorge region's first fossilized bones were uncovered in Garden Park.

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Royal Gorge Rafting, Zip Line Tours, Vacation Rentals, White Water Bar and Grill  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Colorado's #1 Royal Gorge Outfitter and Zip Line Tours. Royal Gorge Rafting, Zip Line Tours, White Water Bar and Grill - One Location - 100% FUN! Between Salida and Canon City on the Arkansas River.

Whitewater Rafting 


Sweetwater River Ranch - Experience A River Vacation  Web page link icon
On the Arkansas River - Sweetwater. At the Ranch fishing and bird watching. Nearby: raft, hike, ATV Jeep Trails, wildlife. Small, peaceful, relaxing. Near Royal Gorge, Canon City, Salida, and Westcliffe. WiFi!

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For more travel information contact:

Royal Gorge Area Activities & 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 & Kayaking -UPDATED-

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

Local Area Maps:
Royal Gorge & Cañon City Area Map


 
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