Cañon City, Colorado:
Home of Royal Gorge Scenic Railroad
Cañon City, Colorado,
is the home of Royal Gorge Scenic
Railroad, which is classed as the best scenic railroad in the world.
Board one of the three vista dome railroad cars that are circa 1950s.
The Royal Gorge is 127 years old and will take you on a breathtaking
trip through Royal
Gorge where you will see the majestic chasm and a view of magnificent
Cañon City isn’t just about the historic railroad.
There’s a wide range of activities and attractions for all ages
Cañon City was developed in 1859, as a supply depot
during the Pikes Peak gold rush. In 1860, the Rudd family settled
here. By 1868, Colorado’s Territorial Prison had been
established in the town. When gold was discovered in Cripple Creek in
1890, Cañon City profited and grew rapidly. Today, visitors
flock to the Historic District, which is located between 3rd and 9th
Streets and Macon Avenue.
Take a scenic tour on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, the only
domed railroad in Colorado. The train cars are first class, climate
controlled and have open-air observation cars. Visitors can view a
wide range of wildlife while on the tour, which is 24 miles of
majestic scenery and takes about 2 hours.
The Dinosaur Depot is fun and educational.
Watch Paleontologists as they work to uncover secrets of the past.
Kids of all ages will love this attraction.
If you enjoy wine, don’t miss the Winery at Holy Cross
Abbey. The winery has won numerous awards for its delicious wines.
From helicopter rides to the world’s highest suspension
bridge, Royal Gorge Bridge, Cañon City has much to offer
visitors. Check out the Historic Downtown that is
abundant in architecture from the early 1900s. Take a peek into the
past at the Museum of Colorado Prisons, where you can step into a cell
and get the feeling of what life was like for the inmates that were
Step back in time and see gunslingers shoot it out on the
streets of an authentically restored western town at Buckskin
Joe Frontier Town. If you prefer, stop by Royal Gorge Riding Stables
to take a 11/2 hour scenic tour on horseback.
If you like living on the edge, take a white water rafting trip on
the Arkansas River or visit the Fremont County Airport for a solo or
tandem skydiving experience.
Colorado Springs Area Dining
Whether you crave Italian pasta, pizza, steak, homemade fare or
vegetarian dishes, Cañon City has the perfect cuisine for your
tastes. Mexican dinners, seafood, salads and chicken are all available
at a wide variety of area restaurants and diners. From elegant dining
to take out, there’s a meal to fit everyone’s tastes and
budget. For a truly unique fine dining experience, enjoy an elegant
dinner aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.
Shopping opportunities abound in Cañon City. Whether
you’re searching for authentic antiques and collectibles, Native
jewelry, art, glassware, rustic log furniture that’s handcrafted
in the traditional method, handmade quilts, or more modern items, you
can find it all in Cañon City. Buy rocks and minerals, home
décor items, foodstuffs, furs, leather goods, pottery, beads
and books. All these things and more are available for those who love
to shop. Also see Colorado
Springs Shopping Malls.
Recreation & Adventure
There are endless recreational opportunities in the
Cañon City area. Fish for rainbow trout, kayak the Bighorn Sheep Canyon rapids, white
water raft down the Arkansas River or tour Royal Gorge on foot,
horseback or mountain bike.
Visitors can easily spot a variety of wildlife that includes
rabbits, chipmunks, deer and hummingbirds. Larger species such as
antelope, bighorn sheep, bears, bald eagles, elk and mountain lions
can be see if you stay alert and watch carefully.
Cañon City offers visitors a large selection of
accommodations. From cabins, campgrounds and bed and breakfasts to
motels, hotels and quality suites, there’s lodging available for
all budgets and tastes.
For a unique vacation experience that will be forever etched in
your memory, visit Cañon City, Colorado. It’s one of them
most magical adventures in the Pikes