Cañon City Attractions

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Written by bike posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

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Cañon City, Colorado is home to some of the best whitewater rafting in Colorado, as well as the highest suspension bridge in the world.

Taking on the mighty Arkansas River near Cañon City. (Matt Inden/Colorado Tourism Office)


Cañon City lodging will provide a cozy place for you to stay between your crazy area adventures. Just don’t end up in one of the 13 prisons in the city!
Here is a list of a few fun things to do in Cañon City.
Whitewater Rafting
Various companies will take you on excursions to the Arkansas river from a half-day long to overnight. Some trips even incorporate other activities like wine tasting and helicopter rides. The rapids themselves rank between Class III to Class V. Kayaking the rapids is also a possibility for the brave. Check our our Colorado rafting video for more info.
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
This tourist attraction is on 360 acres of land just outside of Cañon City. The bridge is over 1,000 feet high, making it the highest suspension bridge in the world. To span the gap over the Royal Gorge, it had to stretch 880 feet to the other side. Bike or walk across the bridge, or take their “Skycoaster,” a huge gondola-like swing. Not for those terrified of heights!
Rock Climbing
Some of the best rock climbing in Colorado can be found just north of town along Shelf Road. This part of the state is uncrowded, so you’ll have your pick of routes.
Mountain Biking
Miles of roads await cyclists from Cañon City to Cripple Creek paved and unpaved. Enjoy the amazing scenery in the area while cycling- what could be better? A good, challenging ride is to head south on 1st Street toward Temple Canyon Road. Circle around toward Parkdale and then bike back to town on Highway 50. Check with the Royal Gorge Bridge too, you might be able to come across its 1,291 planks from the south side to cut off some miles in your loop. Phantom Canyon Road is another popular biker spot. For more, check out our Colorado mountain biking video.
Dinosaur Depot
Kids and archaeology buffs will love this area attraction. The Dinosaur Depot features exhibits that explore the world-famous fossil heritage around Cañon City. The original focus was on the Garden Park Fossil Area, 12 miles north of town on Shelf Road, which has been the place to find late Jurassic dinosaur fossils for over 125 years. Other areas are now being explored as well.
Royal Gorge Route Railroad
You can’t beat the scenery from this historic train. It’s one of the most popular attractions in the area, taking visitors through the bottom of the Royal Gorge. The route hugs the Arkansas River, where you can see whitewater rafters paddling and screaming their way through the rapids. The train also has excellent dining, wine tasting and even hosts murder mystery trips!

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