Author: Chelsy Offutt

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.

Escape to Canon City for a Romantic Weekend

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.

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

holiday-lights

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).

Enjoy the Royal Gorge Region Year-round

Museum of Colorado Prisons

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.

Observation deck

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.

Winery at Holy Cross

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

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.