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The Royal Gorge Region: The Warmer Side of Winter

The Royal Gorge Region: The Warmer Side of Winter
3 days
If you're seeking warmer climates in the colder months, visit the Royal Gorge region, where temperatures tend to stay warmer, thanks to the region's banana belt location. Your whole family can enjoy the area with trips to see dinosaurs, outdoor experiences and more.

Sustainability Activity

Geology and Paleontology Enthusiasts Unite:

Connect with Stones 'N Bones, an organization that's part of the Fremont Heritage Commission. Opportunities for volunteers include sharing knowledge and experiences with local students and other local organizations.

 

Day 1
Activity

Stroll along the Arkansas River

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Stroll along Cañon City’s Arkansas Riverwalk Trail, which follows the Arkansas River for more than seven miles, winding through wetlands, groves of cottonwoods and the John Griffin Regional Park — a nature area located in central Cañon City. This is an ideal trail for those looking for a leisurely walk with beautiful scenery.
Lunch

Bunk House Burgers

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Bunk House Burgers is a locally owned, family partnership that is proud of its ranching history. Read More
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The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey has been making its own wines since 2002 and has won over 100 awards and medals in prestigious international wine competitions in the last 3 years alone. The... Read More

Dinner

Momo Sushi Bar, Wok & Grill

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Treat yourself today from our pan-Asian Kitchen or Sushi Bar Menu offering over 100 specialty items. Read More
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Whitewater Bar & Grill

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The Whitewater Bar & Grill, Royal Gorge Rafting & Zipline tours make the perfect combination to any Colorado vacation! The Whitewater Bar & Grill is a rustic western style bar & grill with all of... Read More

Insider's Tip

Grab a Cold One:

Have an ice-cold beer in a Mason jar at Whitewater Bar and Grill before heading off to bed. 

Lodging

The Orchard B&B

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The Orchard B&B offers country charm at its best. It is located in the town of Brookside, due east of Canon City, Colorado. Bordering on an apple orchard, you just might fall asleep to the quiet... Read More
Day 2
Breakfast

Waffle Wagon

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Blueberry waffles, biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos with green chili, great coffee and much more! Read More
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The Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

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The Dinosaur Experience offers fossils and casts, guided tours of our 16,000+ sq ft museum, a full scale outdoor animatronic dinosaur park, and two engaging ropes courses that bring you eye to eye... Read More
Lunch

El Alazan Mexican Restaurant

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The best and most authentic Mexican cuisine in Fremont County. Read More
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Go Antiquing

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Head to Florence, Colorado’s antique capital to peruse more than a dozen antique stores.
Dinner

Florence Brewing Company

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 If you live in Fremont County, you know why we live here too. The river, the trails, the mountains...we've got serious Colorado right outside our front door. Serious Colorado with our own FC... Read More

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Green Parrot Lounge

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The Parrot — booze and food, wifi, pool tables, dart boards, shuffle boards and video games. Read More
Lodging

Lark Landing B&B

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Lark Landing B&B is a luxury guest retreat offering an exclusive private suite overlooking the Arkansas River. Read More
Day 3
Breakfast

Two Sisters Restaurant

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Homestyle and Mexican food. Breakfast (served all day), lunch and dinner. Friendly and clean atmosphere. Read More
Activity

Climb Your Way to New Heights

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Believe it or not, it’s entirely possible to go rock climbing in Cañon City during the winter and just north of town is Shelf Road, one of Colorado’s finest climbing areas. Grab your gear at Red Canyon Cycles or book a climbing trip with Rock-N-Row.
Lunch

Diritos Italian Restaurant

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DiRito's Italian Restaurant proudly offers their daily homemade bread, signature roasted garlic, homemade meatballs and sausage, as well as numerous other homemade Italian specialty dishes. Don't... Read More
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Fremont Center for the Arts

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Rotating, multi-media fine art shows by regional artists September - May. Summer 2017 Southern Colorado Color Exhibit: regional artists present "Beasts & Byways" themed works alongside... Read More

Dinner

Le Petit Chablis

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Housed in a restored Victorian home, this elegant restaurant blends a romantic atmosphere with authentic French cuisine.

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Get Spooked

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Take a nighttime self-guided tour of cemeteries in Fremont County for some spooky fun. Fremont County cemeteries date back to 1865, 11 years before statehood in 1876 but four years after Colorado became a territory in 1861 so there is plenty of history to explore.
Lodging

Bighorn Mountaintop Lodge

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With a rustic fireplace, three bedrooms, two baths, a spacious modern kitchen, and laundry facilities, an overnight or extended honeymoon at the Bighorn Mountaintop Lodge is the ultimate Royal... Read More