Canon City Things to Do

  • The train at the Sante Fe Depot
    The train at the Sante Fe Depot
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  • The train runs along the Arkansas River
    The train runs along the Arkansas River
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  • The observation car
    The observation car
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    Still the highest Bridge

    by rebibi Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    This bridge was built in 1929, is 1'052 feet high and a quarter of a mile long over the Arkansas River. Walking over this bridge is quite adventurous as the bridge is pretty shaky, especially if the wind blows hard and this is very often the case at this altitude over the gorge. In 2004 this bridge had it's 75th annniversary.

    Royal Gorge Bridge
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    Royal Gorge Route Railroad

    by rebibi Updated May 12, 2009

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    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.

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    World's steepest Incline Railway

    by rebibi Written Oct 17, 2004

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    Take this Incline Railway down to the Arkansas River. Yes this railway is VERY steep. This railway has always kind of a cage for 2 persons. You have to stand up in this railway.
    Down in the Gorge the temperature is much higher and no wind blows here.
    It's adventurous to descend by this railway in between of high rocks.

    Incline Railway
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    Royal Gorge Bridge

    by Starburst78 Written Apr 28, 2004

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    Royal Gorge Bridge, built in the late 1920's is the world's highest suspension bridge at 1,053 feet high. It's 1,260 feet long and crosses the Royal Gorge and the Arkansas River. There are several other attractions at the Royal Gorge Park including the world's steepest incline railway, a gazebo with live music during nice weather, world's longest single span aerial tram, a picnic area, gift shop, moutaintop lodge and an antique replica carousel. The park is open year-round, weather permitting from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.. The bridge is open 7 a.m.-dusk. Prices are $19 for adults and $15 for children and a train ride around the park is included in the price. It's a lot of money, but the view from the bridge is spectacular!

    Royal Gorge Bridge
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  • Buckskin Joe Frontier Town and Railway - Gunfights

    by mauidolphin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    World's longest single-span Aerial Tram

    by rebibi Written Oct 17, 2004

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    In June we were lucky to have no line ups and the cabin was not full. So it's fantastic to take good pictures of the Royal Gorge Bridge.
    This Aerial Tram is also very old but we arrived safely at the other end of the Gorge!

    Aerial Tram over Arkansas River
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    More shots of the train trip

    by painterdave Written Sep 28, 2006

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    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.

    Going east along the Arkansas River Camera time Looking west Miner's shack
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    A Massive Gorge

    by basstbn Written Mar 17, 2003

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    What began three million years ago as a trickle of water across solid granite is now this canyon. And in another 2,500 years, it will be one foot deeper. It's a deep canyon, but only 40 to 50 feet wide at the bottom and a few hundred feet at the top.

    Spanish missionaries were the first Europeans to report sightings of the gorge in 1642.

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    The Raging Arkansas River

    by basstbn Written Mar 17, 2003

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    Viewed from the bridge high above, you don't realize the size of the river or what rapids are below you. It is also difficult to imagine that this is the same Arkansas River that is so shallow and moves so lazily through southern Kansas. (Of course, that's because Colorado farmers drain off so much of it for irrigation of their fields leaving Kansas farmers high and dry.) Enough editorializing - it is neat to watch the waters, as well as the rafters and kayakers on this stretch of river.

    Did I mention that this river is pronounced Ar -KAN'-sas in the state of Kansas and ARK'-in-saw every place else?

    The ArKANSAS River
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    Water-operated Clock

    by basstbn Written Mar 17, 2003

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    Located at the entrance to the visitor's center is this water-operated clock, one of only three in the world. The "time-piece" is kept running by small wooden buckets lifting water. Fascinating for the kids.

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    Royal Gorge Route Railroad

    by Tom_Fields Written Sep 30, 2008

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    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 train at the Sante Fe Depot The train runs along the Arkansas River The observation car Looking up at the suspension bridge White-water rafters pass by
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    Royal Gorge Bridge

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 3, 2008

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    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.

    The Suspension Bridge Visitors crossing the bridge The Aerial Tramway The Incline Railway Bison at the Wapiti Wildlife Park
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    BuckSkin Joe Train Ride

    by AVG2319 Written Sep 11, 2006

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    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.

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    RiverWalk in Canon City

    by AVG2319 Updated May 26, 2007

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    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.
    located in Canon City, CO

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    Royal Gorge Bridge

    by RJ1967 Written Jan 15, 2003

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    This is the tallest suspension bridge in the world - 1,053ft/321m above the Arkansas River.

    Walk around, shop, take lots of mountian pictures, take a tram down the side of the gorge to the edge of the river, and of course, walk across the bridge!! Well, maybe not if you're afraid of heights

    Entrance fees - in 2001 - $15 for adults, $11 for US military, less for kids - not sure exactly.

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