Cañon City is a great choice for a romantic weekend escape. Close to Cripple Creek, Penrose, Florence, Victor and Colorado Springs, there are a lot of things to do with that special someone while in Fremont County. Enjoy the scenic drive along Highway 50 and the stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains against those famous Colorado blue skies.
Make a stop at the historic Abbey. Visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the monastery year-round or enjoy a guided tour June through September. Also on the grounds of the monastery is the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, which was just awarded the 2015 Gold Medal Champion by the Tasters Guild. Sip and swirl samples of these delicious, award-winning Colorado wines. The tasting room is open seven days a week and a bottle is the perfect memento to remember the trip.
Stroll through downtown Cañon City, listed on the Registrar of National Historical Places. It’s also one of the largest intact historical districts in the state. Nearby, Florence’s downtown is known as the Antiquing Capital of Southern Colorado.
Nosh on some delicious lunch or dinner at Cafe 1230, located inside the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park’s new Visitor Center. Gaze out the glass windows at the stunning Royal Gorge next to a cozy fireplace. Afterwards walk hand-in-hand across the highest suspension bridge in North America. It’s the perfect place to steal a kiss and get a photo opp.
Lodging options range anywhere from quaint Bed & Breakfasts and campgrounds to the Hampton Inn & Suites. Other eateries offer pizza to French fare.
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).
While of course warmer temperatures, Colorado sunshine, and some of the best whitewater rafting in the country is popular in the spring and summer months, there’s just as much fun to be had year-round in the Royal Gorge region. Make a stop at these spots, even in the winter months.
Colorado Prison Museum – Step into this museum that was once the area’s women’s correctional facility. Built in 1935, this historic space explores the history of prison life dating back to territorial days.
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park – Weather permitting, we are open nearly almost every single day of the year! Some rides are subject to the mercy of mother nature but guests can enjoy our indoor Cafe 1230, Visitor Center, a jaunt across the bridge and our historical theater and plaza, even on extra chilly days.
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey – Whether you’re looking for a unique gift, or want to taste-test onsite Abbey’s impressive architecture.
Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience – One of the region’s newest attractions offers a ropes course, indoor museum, and guided tours. With fossil casts and various exhibits, it’s easy to uncover the prehistoric history of Canon City.
Royal Gorge Museum & History Center – Admission is free to those wishing to learn more about the city’s past. From galleries to Fremont County’s movie history, there’s a lot to learn in Canon City’s Municipal Building.
Looking for some last minute, ColoRADo gifts this holiday season? Stop in our picturesque Visitor Center to take in the view and pick of a few unique items.
Crochet hats, scarves and headbands
Show your state pride with one of these cozy knits
Deck the Halls
Make sure to mark your visit with a memento for the tree with a pristine ornament
Pictures of Bridges Danced in Their Heads
Grab Eve Nagode’s award-winning book featuring breathtaking photos of the one and only Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
Adorn friends and family with gold and silver-coated aspen leaves straight from the Rocky Mountains
Himalayan salt lamps are all the rage and provide many healing and health benefits, plus they just look super cool.
Posted in Family Friendly, Rides & Attractions, Royal Gorge Region
There’s so much for families and little ones to enjoy at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, including our new Junior Ranger program. Make sure to grab a children’s activity sheet, included in the purchase of a 4-11 year old ticket. The sheet helps navigate the entire Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. When complete, turn it in at the Express Lane inside the Visitor Center to receive an authentic Junior Ranger Badge that’s perfect for show and tell.
Who says learning can’t be fun?
Kiddos of all ages will enjoy a trip to the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. They’ll surely light right up when they hop aboard the Silver Rock Railway mini train. Included with admission, the one mile route on these open-air cars is a chance for the whole family to sit back before taking on the day. Be sure to hit the restrooms just inside the new Visitor Center before enjoying all the rides and adventure.
Stop by the Waterclock for a lesson on time and mechanics before climbing inside the new aerial gondolas for a scenic trip across the Royal Gorge, also included with admission. Stroll over to the Plaza Theater for some history on the man-made wonder of the bridge and history of the region. Throughout the summer months, talented aerial performer April Vollm and the magic of Christian Augustine mesmerize.
There’s no better way to stretch growing legs and burn off some energy than on the new giant Children’s Playland. Laughter and games are guaranteed on this two-story structure with ropes, slides, nets and even a maze. For a small fee, a great memento can be created inside the wax hand shop. The splashpad is a great way to cool down on a warm summer day. Everyone can pick their favorite horse on the beautiful new vintage-style carousel for 360 degree views.
Once they’ve had their fill, cross the Bridge on the way back to the Visitor Center. Make sure they find their state flag and plaque to grab a necessary snapshot for the scrapbook. Too tired to make the trek back? Grab the people mover back to homebase. There’s plenty to keep everyone busy and dont forget, littles under three get in for free. Discounted admission can also be purchased online prior to arriving.
Posted in Family Friendly, Rides & Attractions | Tagged Aerial Gondolas, children’s attractions, Colorado Day Trips, Colorado Vacation, Family Travel, Family Travel in Colorado, Family Vacation, mini train, play area,royal gorge, Things to do in Colorado
Seeking thrills and heart-pumping fun? There are plenty of ways to catch an adrenaline high in the Royal Gorge region of Colorado. The Arkansas River offers some of the best rafting in the state, and even the country. With rapids ranging from class II-V, there is no lack of whitewater on this river. Book a full day or half day excursion.
The area is well-known for its rich fossil finds and prehistoric history. Make your way up Skyline Drive to view the famous dinosaur tracks. Whether by car, motorcycle or Segway, it can get a bit hairy with no guardrails. However you decide to travel the road, the view is totally worth it.
At the bottom of Skyline Drive, notice the parking area for one of Cañon City’s newest hiking and mountain biking trail system. The system offers users wide dirt paths, singletrack and some technical steep trails. Head up the Graneros trail to meet with Old Skyline Drive, then opt to follow the paved road back down to the bottom or ride the dirt trails back to the parking area. Beginner-level cyclists will enjoy following “Greenhorn” – an easy double-track that runs north to south.
Strap in for a bird’s eye view of the Royal Gorge on the ZipRider Cloudscraper, the highest zip line in North America. Honestly, the day can’t truly end without swinging out on the Royal Rush SkyCoaster. Reach up to 50 mph while swinging stomach-first 1,200 feet above the Arkansas. Make sure to take advantage of the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park’s “High Altitude” package including: bridge admission, the SkyCoaster, and the ZipRider Cloudscraper for a bargain price.
Posted in Adventure, Rides & Attractions, Royal Gorge Region | Tagged Arkansas River, colorado adventure, rafting, royal gorge, Segway, skycoaster, Skyline Drive, zip line