We found this on our way to the Royal Gorge Bridge and we are so glad we stopped in. It is deceiving from the road but this is an actual western town like in the old days. There is a full street and then a 1/2 street of old buildings just like you would see back in the old west.
There was a lot to see and do for the price. My kids really liked the gunfights. This place has been used for films like one of my all time favorites, The Cowboys. Couldn't believe I was where John Wayne had been.
We had a surprisingly wonderful lunch in the restaurant. It wasn't your normal park food; we had a huge grilled cheese on Indian flat bread and a great big buffalo burger. The prices were good for the portions.
The train ride was so neat and relaxing. You go to a viewing place and when they say you get the best view of the Royal Gorge they mean it, the view was awesome. The ride goes slowly so you can take pictures along the way. I really liked the gift shop at the train. It was big and I got most all of my gifts there in one stop shopping.
Make sure to go and see the magic show too. I thought it was going to be a kiddie show but it was really good with a lot of neat illusions. You've got to have a picture taken with the mayor of the town. He is a miniature donkey and really cute.
This place is also pet friendly which was really neat. We saw one dog riding the train and another drinking (water) in the Saloon. Made me miss my baby and wish we had brought him.
We stayed about 5 1/2 hours through the hanging gunfight which I would recommend seeing. We had to stay another day to go to the Royal Gorge but really we enjoyed Buckskin Joe much more than the Royal Gorge Bridge. If you have to choose one over the other pick Buckskin Joe. If you are planning to visit Canon City, make time to visit Buckskin Joe Town and train.
Better known as the Royal Gorge, this spectacular canyon is not even the deepest one in Colorado but it is probably the most well known and popular one, perhaps because of the awe-inspiring bridge which crosses it. This 80-year-old bridge, at 1,053 feet, is the highest suspension bridge over water in the world. Tourists are challenged to walk across it but if you have serious issues with heights, you may want to pass on that opportunity.
Rafting is a very popular pastime in the river within the the gorge, largely because of the seven named rapids found there. I did not have time to try the rafting but once when I crossed during the late summer with a group of friends, one of them commented that there were so many rafts in the water that there ought to be a traffic light. It did seem crowded from over 1,000 up.
For a more sedate tour of the floor of the gorge try the Royal Gorge Route Railroad operated excursion trains. The trains travel a 12-mile circuit through the canyon from Canon City to Parkdale and return. These tracks were not laid, however, for day-tourists. Late in the 19th Century, as many as four transcontinental trains per day passed through the Royal Gorge.
This train starts daily from Cañon City through Royal Gorge and is said to be one of the most spectacular railroads of the world.
The train is very slow along Arkansas River, 10 miles in 30 min.
The picture of the twisting train through the Gorge along the river was taken from the suspension Bridge.
Any dinosaur enthusiast, young or old, should visit this small museum. This part of Colorado has yielded a treasure trove of fossils, including new dinosaur species. The Depot Museum has some excellent fossils, including the most complete Stegosaurus skeleton in the world. One fossil is still alive. It's the gingko tree, from the Far East. This species has survived since the age of the dinosaurs.
Built in 1929, this is the world's highest suspension bridge. It stands 1,053 feet above the canyon's floor. If you're afraid of heights, then keep away. But if you want a spectacular view of this gorge, then this is it.
There are other attractions here. The Aerial Tramway takes visitors on a two-way trip over the gorge, with more great views. The Incline Railway takes you down into the Gorge and back up. The Wapiti Wildlife Park shows native Colorado animals in a setting that resembles their natural habitat. In addition, the Visitor Center has shopping, a pretty decent restaurant, and information. The village across the Gorge has occasional live entertainment.
An adult day passport, which entitles the visitor to all of these attractions, is $22.00. That's a good price for all these attractions.
Since 1879, this scenic railroad has taken visitors through the Royal Gorge. Passengers have marvelled at the towering cliffs, over 1,000 feet high. They've watched white-water rafters pass by on the Arkansas River. And anyone who visits Colorado should see this.
Special excursions offer a variety of features: glass-topped domes, dinners, wine-tasting, murder mystery trips, and others. The standard trip length is about two hours.
The most fun place here for the kids! An old west town, they have magic shows,re-enacted gun fights on the street,lots of old buildings to explore,the mystery house building,a horse carriage ride, and a train ride where you can get a pretty good view of the gorge.
Not as cool as Old Tucson in Arizona, but if you haven't been there already and you have kids along this is defenitely worth stopping at here in Canon city,CO
Although not exactly what i expected. A gravel dirt path next to the Arkansas River is exactly what it is. A great nature walk and the kids enjoyed throwing pebbles in the river.
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The sand dunes are not one hour from Canon City. Try more like two hours 2 and a half if you use I 25. but i would so recomend it. if you use road 50 it is a curvey road that folowes the river most the way, and during the summer yoiu can see the rafters. i live there and can see them everyday . i would recomend to go to Zapatsa Falls too. al the park rangers know where it is just ask . im posting it on here too.
To see the Royal Gorge you have two choices, drive across the suspension bridge, and/or take a train trip
Up top you will find a petting zoo, donkey rides, wagon rides, fake gun fights, a tram that goes across the gorge, a tram that goes down to the bottom, and souvenir shops and eateries. This would be a good choice if you have kids in the car.
If you prefer to take it easy, have a great lunch on the train and drink some wine while viewing the bridge, you might choose the train trip.
If you turn down the street for the Railway in town, there is a nice park. Walk across the bridge. There is a playground, walk along the Arkansas River or feed the ducks and geese at the pond. Fun place to take the kids.
Do Not bother going to this. Although inexpensive, this museum? is a joke. It took us 10 minutes to go through the two rooms. Our kids said: this is it? We vote a big NO for this place and so did the kids. Sorry.
By far the best value if you want to see the Royal Gorge on a budget. Buy the Combo tickets at Buckskin Joe's to see the old town and the train ride. It is a better deal.
The train is open, so if applicable bring a sweatshirt,etc. Train takes you at the edge of the gorge where you can then get out and snap some pictures. If you have a decent zoom on your camera you can get some good shots of the gorge. Unfortunately i just brought the digital which doesn't have near the zoom as our reg. camera. But it was fun and we were lucky enough to see some deer along the way too.
One of the main reasons we came to Canon City is we had planned on visiting the Royal Gorge. So it was a great disappointment to us when we came here only to realize that it would cost around $80 (with coupons) for our family to see a man made bridge. A royal Gouge in our opinon. We chose not to go inside as well as several others ahead and behind us in line chose. If I were to pay the money to see the bridge i feel it is a better value of money to take the train ride (in town) and then you can see the gorge from the bottom. or go white water rafting below.
We did however get to see some wildlife-deer licking a camp grill at one of the stops along the way. That was our excitement for this part of our trip.
The San Francisco Bridge is prettier, and the Grand Canyon is more awe inspiring-visit these instead. They are both cheaper too. Go figure?
Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in the world. Towering 1,053 feet over the Arkansas River. It is amazing. I arrived just as the sun was setting, it was beautiful. Unfortunately, my camera takes horrible photos in low light, so you'll have to see it for yourself. Bridge open daily 7am to dusk. There is a park offering rides, wildlife, trails, etc. but it was closing as I arrived.