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Royal Gorge: 3 Days of Heritage Sites

The Royal Gorge sports the nation's highest suspension bridge, dangling high above the Arkansas River, but that's just the tip of the iceberg for visiting Cañon City: historic sites, niche museums, a lovely downtown and scenery galore are just a few more.

Sustainability Activity

Volunteer at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

Individuals interested in getting hands-on with paleontology lab-work are welcome to volunteer their time at our laboratory, which is operated by the Garden Park Paleontological Society, a nonprofit organization that uses our facility to prepare important fossils for scientific research and display. Please call us and ask to speak with someone regarding our current volunteering opportunities.

Day 1

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Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center

The Heritage Center has a large collection of historic images of the Royal Gorge Region dating from the 1870s to the present.

lunch

Happy Ending Caboose Cafe

Whether you’re looking for a delicious breakfast, lunch or tasty treat, the Happy Ending Caboose Cafe will stoke the coals and get your engine running…

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Museum of Colorado Prisons

Cañon City in southern Colorado is the home of the Museum of Colorado Prisons, a showcase of the atmosphere and exhibits of days, staff and inmates…

dinner

World's End Brewing Company

This locally loved Cañon City brew pub boasts a wide array of craft brews — from fruit beers and coffee stouts to ales and pilsners — as well as a food…

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Cañon City Lanes

We offer bowling for all ages, arcade games, meals and snacks and a fully stocked bar. There is cosmic bowling Friday and Saturday nights. Our emphasis…

lodging

Florence Rose Bed & Breakfast

Located 15 minutes from The Royal Gorge Bridge & Train in Florence,
the antique capital of Southern Colorado. Come relax in our hot tub gazebo…

Day 2

breakfast

The Bean Pedaler

Craft coffee, manual brews, espresso bar, signature drinks, real fruit and green tea smoothies, Italian Sodas, house made pastries, bicycles, good music,…

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Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Experience the wonder of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, where jaw-dropping views, extreme adrenaline rides, and fun for the whole family await. Having…

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Cafe 1230 at the Royal Gorge Bridge

Ever eaten pizza 1,230 feet above a roaring river and extraordinary gorge? Have a slice at Café 1230, one of the most scenic restaurants in Colorado…

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The Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

Experience the ultimate dinosaur adventure and home of the world-famous 'Bone Wars'! Come learn why our area is famous for dinos in a fun, guided museum…

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dinner

El Caporal Family Mexican Restaurant

Down-to-earth place serving familiar, hearty Mexican & American eats, plus beer & large margaritas.

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Fremont Center for the Arts

Rotating, multi-media fine art shows by regional artists along with classes, interactive cultural activities and historical displays for children and…

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Bighorn Mountaintop Lodge

With a rustic fireplace, three bedrooms, two baths, a spacious modern kitchen, and laundry facilities, an overnight or extended honeymoon at the Bighorn…

Day 3

breakfast

Canon City Mugs

Our menu has just what you need to satisfy that appetite. Kids menu and senior discount.

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Walking Tour of Downtown Cañon City

Eat, shop, and absorb the atmosphere of Cañon City’s historic downtown, which is listed on the National Historical Register for its abundance of turn-of-the-century…

lunch

Bunk House Burgers

Bunk House Burgers is a locally owned, family partnership that is proud of its ranching history.

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Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Step aboard the to embark upon a breathtaking journey that began 140 years ago. Like a bar-room brawl on wheels, two companies vied for the route and…

Insider's Tip

Have Dinner on the Train

Enjoy an elegant, three-course dinner aboard in a beautiful Vista Dome car, which offers the most expansive views of Colorado’s most dramatic canyon.

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Stroll Along the Riverwalk

Cañon City’s Arkansas Riverwalk Trail follows the Arkansas River for more than seven miles, winding through wetlands, groves of cottonwoods, and the…

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Royal Gorge Cabins

Royal Gorge Cabins offers 9 luxury cabin rentals in 1- and 2-bedroom sizes, as well as glamping tent rentals. Located 1 hour from Colorado Springs and…