Things to do at the Royal Gorge

Written by Ben Sack, 04.04.2019

Things to do at the Royal Gorge

The Royal Gorge Region in Cañon City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the beautiful state of Colorado. With the Arkansas river cutting through red rock canyons surrounded by towering mountain peaks, it’s no wonder that the Royal Gorge is a top destination for nature lovers and families alike.

Visitors to the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park are in store for stunning views, pristine mountain scenery, and plenty of fun activities perfect for most every traveler. Read on to learn what this unique landscape has to offer.

7 Things to Do at the Royal Gorge

When you visit the Royal Gorge, you will find seemingly endless activities. Here we will share some of the must-do’s in the area for families, couples, groups, and even the solo adventurer.

1. Walk Across the Royal Gorge Bridge

Royal Gorge Bridge attractionThe most iconic part of the Royal Gorge is its bridge. The Royal Gorge Bridge is one of the highest suspension bridges in the world at 956 feet above the Arkansas river. You can read about its rich history and then leisurely walk across it as you take in the panoramic views of the gorgeous river and canyon that surround you.

2. Take a Scenic Train Ride Along the Arkansas River

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad train carves its path along some of the most beautiful and remote regions of the Arkansas river. Aboard this train you will find comfortable seats, delicious local cuisine made on-board, and regional wine to pair with your meal.

There is even a viewing deck for you and your loved ones to breathe in the crisp mountain air, take in the views, and soak in some of Colorado’s 300 plus days of sunshine each year.

3. Enjoy 360 Degree Views on the Aerial Tram

Tram rides are a great way to take in the canyon views in a calm and relaxing way. On the Royal Gorge aerial gondolas, you can enjoy unobstructed views in every direction, a perfect photo-opp.

4. Splash Down the River on a Whitewater Rafting Trip

raft under the Royal Gorge Bridge on class IV rapidsSome of the best whitewater rafting in the country is in the Royal Gorge. Adventurous beginners can even raft underneath the Royal Gorge Bridge itself! Learn more about the variety of Royal Gorge rafting adventures available here.

5. Go Hiking, Mountain Biking, or Camping

Mountain biking the Royal Gorge Region in ColoradoWhen exploring the mountains in Colorado, you don’t want to miss the miles of hiking and biking trails. Here you will get to relax and take in the beauty of the Colorado wilderness. You can even spend some time backpacking, finding remote camping spots that are hard to beat.

6. Explore the Landscape on an ATV or Jeep Tour

Echo Canyon's Colorado ATV and rafting adventure packageAccess wilderness that you could never access with your everyday cars and trucks on a fun and exciting ATV or Jeep tour. You can rent ATVs and explore on your own, or take a guided Jeep or ATV tour if you’re wanting a local guide that can share with you all of the best spots.

7. Face Your Fear of Heights with Zipline Tours, Skydiving, or the Royal Rush Skycoaster

Raft-n-BridgeIf you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, you’ve come to the right place. Inside the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park you will find the highest zip line in America. From there, you can experience another rush on the Royal Rush Skycoaster, which was named to World’s Scariest Skycoaster. And if you’re still looking for more thrill, you can skydive over this incredible landscape.

Ready to Plant Your Visit to the Royal Gorge?

If you’re looking for a place to stay, our Royal Gorge Cabins and Glamping Tents are a short drive from everything in the region. Each of our cabins and glamping tents have their own private outdoor area and are surrounded with beautiful mountain views.

If you’re ready to start planning your trip, we can help! Not sure which Royal gorge activities are right for you and your family? Being adventure and nature lovers located just 10 minutes from the Royal Gorge, we are regional experts that can help you plan a fun and memorable getaway.

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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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