Planning a Romantic Anniversary Weekend? Why You Should Bring Your Loved One to Cañon City, Colorado

Written by Ben Sack, 02.07.2020

Anniversaries are an excellent excuse to get out and live life to the fullest with the one you love. And what better way to rekindle the passion and create new memories together than a romantic getaway near beautiful Colorado Springs? 

Whether this is your first anniversary or your 50th, Cañon City offers romance and adventure just an hour outside of Colorado Springs. Your romantic vacation begins the moment you arrive. 

What Makes Cañon City Special

Downtown Canon City, ColoradoCañon City is a wonderful spot to take an adventure trip throughout the year. Unlike romantic getaways in Colorado Springs or Denver, you can escape the hustle-and-bustle of the city. Instead, you will be met with seemingly endless memorable experiences that you can share in the gorgeous Colorado wilderness. 

Crisp mountain air, beautiful scenery, and abundant adventures greet those who visit Cañon City. With the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, a quaint downtown, and endless miles of biking and hiking trails, there is plenty to entertain you and your lover during a romantic weekend.

Anniversary Trip Ideas in Cañon City, Colorado

Sip Wine at a Local Winery

When you envision wineries, your mind probably goes to California’s Napa Valley or Tuscany, Italy. But you need not leave the state to sip on beautifully crafted local wines. The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey offers tastings in a picturesque setting. Once you’ve found your favorite, purchase a bottle to take with you for a romantic evening curled up in front of a fire.

Winery at the Holy Cross Abbey

Take a Scenic Mountain Train Ride

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad has chugged its way along jagged cliff walls overlooking the Arkansas River for well over one century. Built in the 1870s to support mining deep in the Colorado mountains, this railroad has been revamped to offer tourists a luxurious glimpse into our state’s unique history. 

Today, you can expect cushioned seats, tasty local cuisine made fresh on-board, and fun events like murder mystery dinner theatre. What was once a treacherous route is now a memorable and romantic experience.

Share a New Adventure

Cañon City draws visitors from Colorado Springs and across the world thanks to its beautiful scenery, thrilling adventures, and incredible sites. And for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure-lovers, there is nothing as romantic as embarking on an adventure together. 

Romantic getaways in Colorado Springs can be great, but Cañon City and the surrounding Pikes Peak region offer various adventures for people of all thrill levels. Try one or more of the following activities to get those endorphins flowing on your romantic weekend getaway.

you can't help but have fun on a team building trip

1. Whitewater Rafting

We believe that river rafting is the ultimate adventure date. The Arkansas River in Cañon City offers world-class rafting as it carves its way through steep canyon walls and underneath the Royal Gorge Bridge, gifting rafters with gorgeous views and plenty of sunshine. This section of churning whitewater is one of most sought-after in the state for good reason.

With trips that range from peaceful and fun to challenging and adventurous, you can find a group whitewater rafting trip that fits what you and your partner are looking for.

Royal Gorge Bridge Zipline Ride

2. Zip-Lining

Cañon City boasts the highest zip-line in North America. Soar 1,200 feet over the rushing Arkansas River as you experience a bird’s eye view and an adrenaline rush with the one you love the most. 

Pikes Peak Highway

3. Mountain Biking Down Pikes Peak

Everyone knows that the best part of mountain biking is going downhill. It’s the downhill part that is invigorating and pumps you full of adrenaline and joy. When you visit Cañon City, take a biking tour of Pikes Peak, Colorado’s famous 14er (peak that rises over 14,000 feet). Pikes Peak Bike Tours will drive you up the mountain where you will hop on top-of-the-line bikes and take in the scenery as you soar down the well-maintained mountain roads. Once you hit the bottom, you and your group will head to a tasty local restaurant to recharge before your day comes to an end.

via ferrata at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

4. The Royal Gorge Via Ferrata

Imagine scaling the steep granite cliffs walls of the Royal Gorge as you take in the heart-pounding views of one of the most well-known sites in the Colorado mountains, the Royal Gorge Bridge. Even if you and your partner have never rock climbed before, you can try your hand at mountaineering at the Royal Gorge’s new Via Ferrata. Get sweaty together as you push your physical boundaries and take in unforgettable views on this new Colorado adventure.

Escape to a Luxury Cabin

No romantic getaway is complete without the right place to stay. While many people flock to romantic hotels in Colorado, they simply do not offer the same ambiance or privacy as do cabin rentals. Yet, when it comes to setting the right mood, a rustic cabin isn’t the right choice for everyone.

royal gorge cabins

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About the Author

Ben Sack is the General Manager of Echo Canyon River Expeditions, Colorado's largest white water rafting outfitter. He's also a raft guide, a photographer, and he loves exploring Colorado and beyond with his wife and two boys.
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