Colorado is known for its spectacular scenery. And there's no place more spectacular than the famous Royal Gorge...where the world's highest suspension bridge soars 1,053 feet above the Arkansas River. A thrilling aerial tram and incline railway add to the experience. In fact, an entire park has grown up around the bridge, combining quality entertainment with unparalleled natural beauty.
**As of June 2013 the Park and Bridge have been closed due to wildfire damage. Plans to reopen are in the making. Check for updates at http://royalgorgebridge.com/
Canon City & Royal Gorge Railroad is fun for the whole family. This Train ride through the Royal Gorge operates year round. The Royal Gorge Route follows the most famous portion of the old Denver & Rio Grand Western train line, 24 miles round-trip, from Canon City to Parkdale and return. The two hour train ride takes passengers through the "Grand Canyon of the Arkansas" on an unforgettable journey over the famous Hanging Bridge, which clings precariously to the steep granite walls of the Royal Gorge, towering over 1200 feet above. Ask KOA staff to make your reservations.
As the snow melts high in the Colorado Rockies, world class whitewater rapids are born in the Royal Gorge Region. The Arkansas River hosts more rafters than any other river in the world. Easy access and wide diversity, awards the Arkansas River recognition as the number one river in the country for rafting and kayaking. Bighorn Sheep Canyon just west of Canon City offers Class II-Class III waters, ideal for first time rafters and families, while the Royal Gorge itself boasts the steep drops and huge rapids that make this the Class IV and V run that draws experienced rafters from far and wide. The Arkansas River also provides other water sports for the ultimate sports enthusiast - kayaking the rapids to fly fishing for trout in trophy waters.
The Dinosaur Depot is an educational and interpretive facility located in downtown Canon City. Included within the Depot are a number of interpretive displays about the fascinating and colorful history of the Garden Park Fossil Area and the Picketwire Track way. In the interpretive area, there is a dinosaur skeleton preparation laboratory where you can see a preparator up close working on a skeleton. There are regularly scheduled dinosaur programs for the entire family and tours of the internationally known Garden Park fossil area, just north of Canon City.