We realize that not everyone has the time or money to take a tour or book a full-day excursion during their visit to the Royal Gorge region, but we still want you to have fun. Here are some of our favorite FREE local attractions.
Traveling with your pets? No worries. There are a number of Dog-Friendly attractions, restaurants, and walking trails in the area you can enjoy together.
Looking for things the entire family will enjoy? See our Kid-Friendly ideas. Of course, most of the tours and attractions listed on our site are great for kids, but that will be depend on their ages.
History buff? Check out the FREE local guides you can download!
Enjoy a walk along the beautiful Arkansas River. With 7 miles of trails and many different types of terrain, everyone in the family is sure to have a great time. Much of the trail is a level dirt path (ok for strollers) and leashed dogs are welcome too. Park near the Royal Gorge Railroad and walk over the bridge for the best town access.
(Free Any Time)
The Royal Gorge History Museum contains three gallery areas located on the second floor of the Municipal Building. Each gallery features different selections of artifacts, including rotating exhibits that highlight different aspects of this area’s unique history and natural features, dinosaur fossils, Old West history and much more.
Drive on a road that follows the top of a high razorback ridge overlooking Cañon City. Enter this one-way, narrow road from Hwy 50 on the west edge of town. Sheer drop-offs on both sides, geocaching sites, and hiking and mountain biking trails. Not for the faint of heart! Don't want to drive? Colorado Jeep Tours can take you on a guided tour.
(Self-Driving - Free)
Head over to Centennial Park and cool off at the city’s new splash pad. It's FREE. Picnic tables and restrooms are available, visit the ducks at the nearby pond, use the playground equipment, and enjoy the grass and shade trees along the Arkansas River trails and paths. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Take the family rafting!
(Centennial Park - Free)
Enjoy a walk down Tunnel Drive on a mostly level dirt trail that goes through three granite tunnels, while looking down on the Arksansas River, rafters and the Royal Gorge Railroad. Perfect for walkers, bikers and joggers. Enjoy the scenery and watch for wildlife! A beautiful south-facing location on a 4-mile out-and-back trail.
(Free Any Time)
Interested in rocks and gems? Located on Hwy 50 on the way to the Royal Gorge Bridge, the Gold Mine Rock Shop will impress you with their large rock selection, from semi-precious stones and landscaping rock, to minerals and gems, they have it all. A fun browsing experience and souvenir hunting spot for the entire family.
(Browsing - Free)
Take your fur children on a jeep tour to Red Canyon, the Royal Gorge or the historic gold mining district of Cripple Creek and Victor with Colorado Jeep Tours. Large dogs pay the child's fare, laps dogs go free. See the company's FAQ's.
(Guided Tours - Prices Vary)
Visit the world-famous Royal Gorge Bridge and take Fido with you. All leashed and friendly dogs are welcome on the bridge and in the park, but not permitted in buildings or on rides. Kennels are also available for use at the Park.
(Park Admission - Fee Required)
Play Dirty ATV loves dogs, and they are welcome to ride along on your side-by-side guided UTV tour of Texas Creek. Must be well-behaved, leashed and friendly. Let Play Dirty know in advance if you'd like to bring your dog on a tour.
(Guided Tours - Prices Vary)
You don't have to be a kid to love this one. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad is one of Cañon City's most popular attractions. Chug along the Arkansas River as you watch for Bighorn Sheep. Walk to the outside car for fresh Colorado air, sunshine, and great photos.
Cañon City Brews & Bikes might not sound like a kid-friendly spot, but it actually is. Located in the historic downtown, this pub/eatery has an inviting covered patio and grassy area with cornhole to keep the kids busy. Ask about bike rentals. Dogs welcome!
On the 1 to 10 Cool Scale, riding in a million dollar jet helicopter is right up there with trains. Kids of all ages love the helicopter tours of the Royal Gorge and surrounding areas. All ages are welcome - even dad and grandpa. Moms love the views and the noise-blocking headphones.
Self-guided historical driving and walking tours of Fremont County, Colorado, provided by the Fremont County Heritage Commission. Click the links below to download your FREE guides.
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