Cañon City

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The Royal Gorge

Cañon City (Canon City) is the county seat of Fremont County in southern Colorado, with a population of approximately 16,000 people within the city limits, and another 5,000 to 7,000 people within the surrounding area in Fremont County.

Cañon City (Canon City) is one of only a few cities along the Front Range that has predominantly maintained its small town feel. Residents of this third oldest city in the State of Colorado are proud of their history, proud of their setting among beautiful natural features, and proud of their community. When asked what makes Cañon City (Canon City) a great place, more often than not, the response is “the people.”

The City is located in a mountain bowl along the Arkansas River valley as it flows east from the Rocky Mountains and the mouth of the Royal Gorge. A combination of unique geography and an elevation of 5,300 feet above sea level protect the city from harsh weather conditions, making Cañon City (Canon City) “the Climate Capital of Colorado,” with temperatures generally 10 degrees warmer in Winter than other nearby Colorado communities.

The Royal Gorge Bridge, owned by the City, is one of the major attractions located near Cañon City (Canon City). This, along with other nearby natural attractions such as the Arkansas River, the Pike-San Isabel National Forest, and the beauty of the surrounding land; draws numerous tourists to the area year round with a peak during the summer season.

Things to Do
Cañon City (Canon City) has an incredible variety of things to do, places to see, and people to meet! We hope you’ll enjoy discovering all that we have to offer and will make Cañon City (Canon City) a repeat destination for years to come. If you’re already here, welcome, and if you’re on your way, travel safe and we’ll see you soon! The following activities will make your visit a lifetime memory:

  • Dinosaur excavation
  • Hiking
  • The historic downtown
  • Museums
  • Royal Gorge Railroad
  • Skyline Drive view
  • White water rafting


  • 4 star rating Dining on the rails We had a club car experience and it was wonderful! Our seats were on the south side of the train and it had an incredible view for the duration of... read more - EliLap24 - 6/25/2020 

    5 star rating Great time. Very fun! Inside car gets a little chilly so bring a light sweater. Friendly staff made us feel so comfortable. Train ride awesome and view was great!! Female conductor was... read more - debdanjo3 - 6/23/2020 

    5 star rating Great Experience This a must do in Colorado springs. We went to the Royal Gorge bridge prior to riding the train and it really made a difference. The river is spectacular... read more - RobertD4137 - 6/22/2020 

  • 5 star rating Fun day trip This was my first time on a passenger train and it didn’t disappoint. We sat in the Vista Dome and the views were amazing. It was nice to... read more - herowannabe - 6/20/2020 

    5 star rating Moments Make Memories Enjoying nachos and Prosecco, delivered by Acacia. She’s funny, efficient, quick, and a wealth of knowledge - Nicole G. - 6/17/2020 

    4 star rating Great views and service, food just ok Took the dome car with our family of five, all sat together, it was very comfortable, but if it’s a nice day I would’ve gone coach and spent the ride... read more - RTMamacita - 6/14/2020 


Adventure awaits

Hop aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad and experience a one-of-a-kind adventure through the Royal Gorge and Colorado Rockies. Departing daily from the Santa Fe Depot in Canon City.

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