Glamping in Colorado is all the craze right now. With travelers seeking life outdoors but still wanting to enjoy some of the comforts of home, glamping affords them both options. Almost anywhere you go in Colorado, glamping accommodations are available, and the Royal Gorge Region around Cañon City is no exception.
Nestled between the Front Range and the Wet Mountains, just two hours southwest of Denver, the Royal Gorge Region is best known for the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. While there are no lodging options inside the park (aside from the East Ridge Campground – first-come, first-serve), there are plenty of places for glamping in the surrounding region. These range from cabin and yurt rentals to shiny modern Airstreams.
For shopping and dining, the town of Cañon City lies just 15-20 minutes east of the Royal Gorge Park and provides everything you need for your Fremont County holiday. This includes additional hotel accommodations should you not find availability below.
Riverside Yurts near the Royal Gorge
Hosted by the Royal Gorge Rafting and Zipline Tour company, travelers visiting the area will enjoy several glamping options near the river. Located at the entrance to the Gorge at the Royal Gorge Adventure Beach, there are 10 riverside glamping yurts that go beyond your typical glamping accommodations. Each yurt is furnished with an outdoor patio, open-air outdoor kitchen with BBQ grill, two deluxe Queen-size beds (one in the loft above), and a yeti cooler (bring your own ice).
Enjoy direct access to biking trails, riverfront fly fishing from your doorstep, and scenic views of the Arkansas River. Facilities such as showers and restrooms located just 100 yards from your yurt, and you can enjoy the luxury of infrared heaters for those chilly nights and mornings.
The yurts sleep up to four people and are available for nightly rentals.
It’s located at the Royal Gorge Adventure Beach where guests can stay in one of their latest additions, four brand new Airstreams – where luxury meets the outdoors.
The colorful yurts stand out along the riverbank but the Airstreams are the new star of the show! Sleeping up to four people, the 30’ Flying Cloud Airstreams are equipped with a full kitchen, living and dining area, plus two separate sleeping spaces and a lavish outdoor patio with a fire pit, BBQ grill, and seating, all complete with scenic views.
The Airstream layout is ideal for a family of four with two adults on the Queen-size bed and two children on the bunk beds. There is plenty of room in between to stretch out with a comfortable sitting and dining area. And don’t worry about those cool nights or hot days, the Airstreams are hooked up with a modern climate control system.
One of the best ways to explore the Royal Gorge Region is with a rafting trip through the Gorge, zip-lining adventures, or both! At Royal Gorge Rafting and Ziplining, be sure to sign up for one of their rafting and zipline packages. Save money and enjoy the entire experience with their adventure packages that include both rafting and zipline excursions, plus lunch at their on-site restaurant.
Echo Canyon River Expeditions
Echo Canyon River Expeditions is an adventure outfitter company located in Cañon City that offers multiple rafting trips through Brown’s Canyon, the Royal Gorge, and a gentle family float option down the Arkansas River. In addition to their rafting excursions, Echo Canyon River Expeditions, they also feature luxurious glamping options, RV campsites, and secluded tent sites.
Sleep under the stars and pitch a tent at one of the premium tent sites at the Echo Canyon Campground. No need to worry about where to put your tent, as most of the sites feature a 12-foot by 12-foot wood deck for a perfectly leveled surface for sleeping. Tent sites without the wood platform offer an electric hook-up.
Each includes a picnic table and fire ring with access to the 24-hour shower house. An $80 nightly rate allows for up to four campers per site.
For the ultimate luxury in camping, book one of the glamping tents. Each is fully equipped with Queen-size beds, a sofa sleeper, furnished private deck, electricity, and Wi-Fi. Inside, each tent is uniquely decorated with rustic mountain details. In addition to the deck, each site also features a fire ring with seating and a picnic table for you to enjoy fireside chats and dinner under the stars.
Royal Gorge Cabins
Upgrade your stay and book one of their luxury cabins. From stunning mountain views, practically at your doorstep, to luxurious details on the inside, each cabin provides a one-of-a-kind experience. Choose from a single or double King cabin.
The smaller single King cabins feature one bedroom, full kitchen, spa-like bath, a fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the vistas views that lay before you. The larger double king cabin features two stories and two bedrooms with all the same furnishings and finishings.
Experience the wonder and beauty of the Royal Gorge Region from your cabin’s private outdoor space. Perched high above the canyons below, guests will enjoy expansive mountain views from almost every angle. In the morning early risers will enjoy a fresh cup of coffee on the patio as they watch the sunrise and those who like to stay up late will enjoy star gazing right from their cabin.
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