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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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    Royal Gorge or Royal Gouge?

    by AVG2319 Written Sep 11, 2006

    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?

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    Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

    by Yorick12 Written Oct 12, 2005

    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.

    Directions: 12 miles off US 50

    Royal Canon Gorge
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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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    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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    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.

    Directions: 12 miles west of Cañon City on US Hwy 50

    Phone: 888 333 5597

    Website: http://royalgorgebridge.com

    Royal Gorge Bridge
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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!

    Address: Canon City, CO

    Website: http://royalgorgebridge.com

    Royal Gorge Bridge
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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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    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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    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.

    Directions: At the visitor's center entrance. Royal Gorge is about 10 miles west of Cañon City, Colorado, off of US Highway 50.

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    Prison Museum

    by RJ1967 Updated Jan 15, 2003

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    Take a tour inside a prison, built in 1872, and turned into a museum.

    Prices: Adults $5, Seniors (65+) $4, Kids (6-12) $3

    Hours:
    Summer - 08.30-18.00 daily
    Winter - 10.00-17.00 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only

    Address: 1st & Macon

    Directions: Canon City

    Phone: 719-269-3015

    Website: http://www.prisonmuseum.com

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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.

    Address: Hwy 50

    Directions: 8 miles east of Canon City

    Phone: 888-333-5597

    Website: http://www.royalgorgebridge.com

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    Great Sand Dunes National Park

    by KaiM Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    Great Sand Dunes National Park is not exactly in Canon City, but about 1 hour further to the south in Southern Colorado. You should take a hike through the sand dunes. Don´t forget some water, sun lotion and a cap. It gets as hot as in a real desert.
    The sand dunes stretch along the feet of a mountain range over a couple of square miles. They came to existence because the wind in that valley usually blows towards that mountain range. The wind breaks at the mountain walls and the dust and sand, which it has picked up and carried along, fall down.

    Me in the middle of the dunes

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    Statues

    by Basaic Written Oct 10, 2015

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    There are several metal statues located in various spots throughout the old downtown area. I like to see towns beautify their area with art and statues.

    Bison Hunter Statue Roman Legionaire
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    Hiking,Horseback,Sightsee

    by AVG2319 Written Sep 11, 2006

    Canon City area is a great place to go horseback riding,hike,sightsee,white water rafting. It is all about nature here.

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