Cañon City is an outdoor lovers' paradise, with hunting, fishing — including the best fly fishing in the nation — boating, bicycling, golfing, hiking, swimming, camping, horseback riding, ATV trips, and mountain climbing all available to experience in the area. The Arkansas River, which carves through the Gorge, is considered one of the top spots in the country for whitewater rafting.
One of Cañon City's signature attractions is Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, which offers a plethora of exciting activities for all ages. Cross the bridge's 1,257 wooden planks — suspended 956 feet over the Arkansas River — for sweeping views of the canyon beneath your feet, or sit back, relax and soak in the sights as you cross the canyon in a gondola. Other Park experiences including the thrilling Royal Rush Skycoaster, Cloudscraper Zip Line, and a Via Ferrata course.
Immerse yourself in the Royal Gorge with a ride along the rim with Colorado Jeep Tours, who also offers rides along the Gold Belt Tour through mining districts of the 1800s — Cripple Creek and Victor. Book seats aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad for a scenic, round trip train ride through the Gorge, complete with dining service and special events throughout the year.
Other popular Cañon City experiences include shopping in Historic Downtown, tasting award-winning wine at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, and touring the Gold Belt Byway, which includes two exciting and very scenic routes Cripple Creek — our local gaming town located some 9,000+ feet in the mountains. There's plenty of fun, excitement, beauty and spirit in the Cañon City area.
With lots of room to roam, you can leave all your 'big-city' hassles and worries behind as you bask in the warmth of the sunshine abundant to the region: Cañon City boasts 325 days of sunshine per year.