Category: Rides & Attractions

Romance in the Royal Gorge

With Valentine’s less than a week away, here are some very Colorado-esque things to enjoy as a couple in the Royal Gorge region. It’s easy to impress with a hand-packed picnic afternoon at one of these breathtaking backdrops. Whether your sweetie loves adventure or is a tad leery of heights, a ride on our shiny red POMA gondolas is the perfect excuse for a little cuddle and hand-holding. Relax with a tasty glass of wine on one of the Park’s sitting areas or overlooks.

Cañon City is famous for our Chocolate Walk each February. Snag tickets to enjoy a sugar-filled stop at one of 50+ local businesses. Even better? All proceeds go to supporting the Cañon City Music and Blossom Festival held each spring. For a super special experience, take Colorado Jeep Tours most popular excursion, the half-day Royal Gorge Jeep Tour. Enjoy area views, and our beautiful bridge, from the inside of a custom-crafted Jeep. Commitment in the cards? Ask about their new proposal package.

There’s so much to enjoy here in the area, we suggest making it an entire weekend adventure. Book a night or two in our Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge, or nearby Royal Gorge Cabins for unforgettable panoramas of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

3 Wacky Roadside Attractions Not to be Missed

The John May “Bug Museum” offers what is now considered one of the world’s outstanding collections of giant insects, related creatures and rare artifacts. Even though the main collection contains over one hundred thousand invertebrates, about 8,000 are all that are shown to the general public because this is all a person can look at in one visit. The museum is easily found off Highway 50 as there is a large beetle on the side of the road that is a fairly difficult to miss.

The Di Nardo twins are known over for their famous, fresh-made cider as much as they are for their personalities. For more than six decades, Mario and Albert having been making fruity beverages and selling them from their charming Di Nardo’s Cider Mill & Farm Market roadside location. The most coveted flavor is the cherry delight, but make sure to browse the shelves for random produce, knick-knacks and mementos.  

The site of the former World’s Largest Rocking Chair, Doxey’s Apple Shed, is long closed. However, the chair is still very visible. Those who stop can even snap a photo or two through the fence. Built in 1990, the chair sits at 21 feet tall, 14 feet wide, 9,100 pounds.

Cool Down in Canon City

With the summer sun still shining high in the Colorado sky, here are a few ways to cool down when you and the fam are exploring the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

We all scream – Ice cream is the tried and true cure all to the warm weather. Whether a swirled cone or bowl of delicious, grab a sweet treat at our Cliff Side Patio, a Dippin’ Dots spot near the Tommy Knocker Play Land and even root beer floats at Bridge View BBQ.

Splish Splash – There’s nothing like enjoying the cold spray of our splash pad on a hot day. We ask that kiddos have swimsuits and T-shirt’s to cover them, as well as shoes while running through this area of the park. We suggest you pack a dry change of clothes as a backup. 

The Wind in Your Hair – Want a super quick cool down? Hop in our Cloudscraper Zip Line harness to feel the rush of the wind through your hair as you cross the span of the Royal Gorge with the river below.

Whitewater Wonder – Of course the quickest way to a reprieve is a guided rafting trip down the rolling waters of the Arkansas River. Book with a variety of local and talented guides and make sure to look above when floating under the Royal Gorge Bridge.

Make the Royal Gorge Your Memorial Day Getaway

The kick-off to summer is here and Canon City is in the spirit with festivals, live entertainment and all the adventure that Colorado has to offer. Here are a few ways to play in the region this Memorial Day Weekend.

Live Entertainment at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Enjoy the sounds of Deja Bluz and Exit West and Out of Nowhere at various locations throughout the park. We’ll kick-off our Nature’s Educators series at the Elk Park Amphitheater where guests can get up-close-and-personal to birds of prey, reptiles and other animals. Find a full list here.

Lip-smacking BBQ

Bridge View BBQ opens for the season. Taste the hours that go into slow roasting delicious meats like pork, brisket and more. Classic sides like coleslaw, pasta salad and beans are sure to please your palate. Don’t forget to enjoy the view from our patio.

Rafting the Royal Gorge

It’s officially rafting season and Canon City is home to the best rapids in the country, whether you’re enjoying a family float, or an adrenaline rush down the river. Book with one of our amazing partners.

Create Canon City Day Balloon Classic

Enjoy great food, award-winning wines on the grounds of The Abbey and see the works of local artisans. Watch balloon launches, glows in the evening and even skydivers. Enjoy a great music lineup or participate in races. The kids can play in the Kids’ Zone. Stay in the evening for Balloon Glows and the Abbey Glow. The Create Cañon City Balloon Classic is open to the public with FREE Admission and FREE parking.

Places to Picnic

There’s nothing quite like spending a warm summer afternoon with some freshly-packed food and a view. Gather up the sandwich making materials and pop a squat at these beautiful picnic spots in, and outside the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park.

The Elkhorn Loop is just outside the Bridge and Park

Outside the Bridge & Park entrance, the Elkhorn Loop picnic area and overlook provides a glimpse at our beautiful bridge.

Outside Gate Pavillion

Enjoy a bit of shade from the Colorado sun from these pavilions, also outside our park entrance.

Inside the Park (must pay admission).

Near the Tommy Knocker Play Land

Cool off with some Dippin’ Dots ice cream before or after watching the kiddos climb, crawl and slide their way through our play land, included with admission.

Juniper Junction

While this area is reserved for special events, the public is free to take advantage of the tables and shade when no one has booked the space. Enjoy the sounds of live entertainment in the background during the summer months.

Cliff Side Patio

Stay on the north side before crossing the bridge and enjoy snacks while watching others cross the 1,270 wooden planks of the Bridge to the south side.

Perfect Spring Break Stop

The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park has long been a favorite stop for families. Pair a little learning with some of the most amazing views in the state of the Colorado. After parking, grab a photo of the old Baldwin steam engine. Walk through the Visitor Center and take in the spectacular views just outside the glass-paned windows. Make a quick memento with some pocket change and the penny smashing machine before heading to the bright red POMA gondolas. Faces will light up when peering down the glass pane while it travels 2,200 feet across the Royal Gorge.

Let the littles and pre-teens burn some energy by walking across the span of the Royal Gorge Bridge or hiking up the mountainous terrain. A stop in the Plaza Theater is a must to understand the rich history of this famous attraction. View historic photos, plaques and artwork before enjoying a short film about how the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park was built and rebuilt.

Make sure to grab a children’s Junior Ranger activity sheet, included in the purchase of a 4-11 year old ticket. Clues are hidden throughout the park and when complete, can be turned in at the Express Lane inside the Visitor Center redeemable for an authentic Junior Ranger Badge perfect for show and tell.

Of course ages 3 and under can enjoy the Bridge & Park for free.

Treat Your Valentine

This February, do something a little extra for the special someone in your life. Whether whisking them away for a couples weekend, or treating them to decadent dishes and desserts, here are some great ways to show you put a little thought into it.

15th Annual Chocolate Walk

February 11 | 11am-3:30pm

Take a sweet stroll along the streets of downtown Canon City during the 15th annual Chocolate Walk. Shop the boutiques while savoring delicious cocoa-created treats. Find more details here.

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

February 10 – 12

Dawson Ranch Stables is now taking reservations for sweetheart dinner carriage rides. Package includes 1/2 ride with pickup and drop-off at a Canon City restaurant, wine and chocolate. Call 719.244.6034 for details and to book.

Moonlit Honey-Themed Dinner

February 10 | Seatings at 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8pm    

Delight in creative honey-infused dishes dreamed up by the Royal Gorge Bridge’s Chef Beau. The full experience includes pairings with the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. Find pricing and full details here.

Wynonna Judd Comes to Canon City August 5th, 2017

2017 Park After Dark Concert Series presents Wynonna & the Big Noise August 5th at the world famous Royal Gorge Bridge & Park.

Five-time Grammy winner and New York Times best-selling author, Wynonna has always revolved her career around telling stories. Whether performing alongside her mother as one half of the legendary duo The Judds, or pushing the boundaries on her own mega-successful solo path, Wynonna’s ability to reach the heart of the human spirit through her bold and unflinching honesty, is the entertainer’s true gift. Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and her undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning her epic career.  Charting countless singles including 20 #1 hits and over 60 industry awards, the iconic performer was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.”

Wynonna and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband/drummer/producer, Cactus Moser, released their debut full-length album in February 2016 via Curb Records to critical acclaim.Wynonna has described the new sound as “vintage yet modern” and a “return to the well.” It’s a rootsy work encompassing country, Americana, blues, soul and rock. The album features special guests Derek Trucks, Jason Isbell, Susan Tedeschi and Timothy B Schmit.

For show time and ticketing details click here.


Holiday Happenings Around the Royal Gorge Region


Christmas on Main – Canon City

Hit Main Street to find unique gifts and pieces perfect for a last minute gift. Enjoy Christmas lights, wagon rides and of course Santa and his Elves. Even the Grinch will be making an appearance

December 16th & 17th   

Fremont Civic Theatre’s A Christmas Story

Is there anything better than a live reenactment of a cult Christmas classic? Head to Washington Elementary and receive a discount with a canned food item. (9th & College Ave.)

December 16th & 17th at 7:00 pm

December 18th at 2:00 pm  

Cripple Creek Gold Camp Christmas

Take a drive with a self-guided tour through this ghost town’s mine headframes, decorated with impressive Christmas light displays. Go directly to Victor via your own transportation.


Of course you can visit the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park during the entire holiday season, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (weather dependent).

Enter to Win Season Passes

The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is a true Colorado wonder. Hanging 956 feet above the flowing Arkansas River, this architectural wonder is a must-see. Open 365 days a year (weather permitting of course) there are so many ways to enjoy the region no matter what the season. Wouldn’t it be even better if you were able to do so for free? Make sure to enter our Pinterest contest below to see this beauty covered in snow, sunlight, next to spring flowers and summery blue skies. This pass allows guests access to the park, bridge and all available rides, shows, and attractions for 1 year from date of purchase. Skycoaster and Zip Line are extra pay features. If you’d rather not take the change of missing all the seasons, you can purchase a pass here.


Enter to win Four Season Passes to the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

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