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Royal Gorge/Cañon City

Ride a classic railroad or span a daunting chasm on your next RV adventure to central Colorado

Near the geographic center of Colorado, about two hours south of Denver and 45 minutes west of Colorado Springs, are Cañon City and the nearby picturesque Royal Gorge.

Cañon 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 protects the city from harsh weather conditions, making Cañon City "the climate capital of Colorado," with temperatures generally 10 degrees warmer than other nearby Colorado communities.

Locals say Cañon 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 Colorado are proud of their history, proud of their setting among beautiful natural features and proud of their community.

The Royal Gorge is host to a number of world-class activities and attractions, including the Royal Gorge Route Railroad and the Royal Gorge Bridge.

The Royal Gorge is considered a world wonder, and is often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River." Yet it's unlike any other canyon. The width at the canyon bottom is no more than 40 to 50 feet, while the top measures only a few hundred feet wide.

Spanning the gorge is one of the world's highest suspension bridges, hanging 956 feet high and spanning a quarter mile across the canyon. It has been characterized as a quarter-mile journey through the clouds.

Royal Gorge Railroad and Suspension Bridge
The Royal Gorge Route Railroad provides 12 miles of unforgettable scenery, coupled with exceptional service and memories. The track follows the most spectacular section of Denver and Rio Grande Railroad directly through the Gorge. The train consists of climate-controlled coaches, first-class cars and open-air observation cars to watch the passing scenery. Riders often spot wildlife during the two-hour ride.

For More Information:
Royal Gorge Region in Colorado

Colorado Tourism Office