Cañon City is an epic whitewater town known for Arkansas River rafting and the Royal Gorge. The Arkansas River cuts through the famous gorge just west of downtown.
Being a tourist town there’s plenty to choose from for food. Stop by Royal Gorge Brewing in downtown for awesome food and atmosphere.
Arkansas River – World class whitewater rafting exist minutes from town and there are a number of outfits to choose from. Fishing on the river is also top notch.
Royal Gorge – The world’s highest suspension bridge hovers 1,053 feet over the Royal Gorge. There are a number of rides and attractions at the park in addition to the bridge including a cliff walk, aerial tram, incline railway, and Royal Rush Skycoaster.
- Arkansas Headwaters State Park has several campgrounds between Salida and Canon City. Take Highway 50 west of town. Signs mark the sections for the state park.
- Royal Gorge Bridge & Park has public land open for camping. Camping is permitted in established campgrounds only. Sites include a table and fire pit, and there are bathrooms and bear-proof trash bins around.
- Take Highway 50 west of town and fish along the Arkansas River.
Top 8 Cool Hotels in Cañon City – Cañon City is abuzz in the summer for river recreation, notable whitewater rafting the Arkansas River. Year round visitors pass through to see the famous Royal Gorge canyon and bridge. The 2 hour drive from Denver is a scenic trip…
May – Cañon City Music & Blossom Festival – Weekend music festival kicking off the start of summer in Canon City held at the beginning of May.
May – Royal Gorge Rodeo – Part of the above Music & Blossom Festival in early May, the Royal Gorge Rodeo is Colorado’s oldest continually running rodeo, held over two days.
Activities near Cañon City, CO
- Coaldale (38mi)
- Colorado Springs (46mi)
- Cotopaxi (33mi)
- Cripple Creek (49mi)
- Guffey (32mi)
- Hartsel (57mi)
- Pueblo (40mi)
- Poncha Springs (62mi)
- Salida (58mi)
- Texas Creek (26mi)
- Walsenburg (87mi)
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