Local & Free

Tips, Ideas & Info

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.


Need accommodations? See our recommended Places to Stay, including hotels, a Bed & Breakfast, RV campground, luxury cabins, and even "glamping" tents. Some offer discounts if you mention RoyalGorge.Info.


History buff? Check out the FREE local guides you can download!

Free Local Attractions

Arkansas Riverwalk

Arkansas Riverwalk, Canon City CO

 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)

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Royal Gorge Museum

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 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.

 (Free Admission) 

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Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive

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) 

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Centennial Splash Pad

Centennial Park Splash Pad, Canon City CO

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)

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Tunnel Drive Trail

Tunnel Drive Trail, Canon City CO

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) 

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Gold Mine Rock Shop

Gold Mine Rock Shop, Canon City CO

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)

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Dog-Friendly

Take a Jeep Tour

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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)

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Walk the Bridge

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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)

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Ride a UTV

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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) 

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Chow Down

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8 Mile Bar & Grill, located outside of Cañon City near the Royal Gorge Bridge serves excellent burgers (and more) and their patio is dog-friendly. They score a 5-Bones rating on Bring Fido.

(Free on Dining Patio)

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Dig the Dinosaurs

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The Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience welcomes service dogs (of course) plus small dogs that are carried or kept in a stroller. See life-size animatronic dinos, fossils and more with your tiny pooch.

 (Admission Fee - Prices Vary) 

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Wine a Little

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Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, located in Cañon City, welcomes leashed and well-behaved dogs on the grassy lawn under the trees, where you can enjoy your picnic lunch and a bottle of Abbey wine.

(Wine Tasting - Fee Applies)

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Kid-Friendly

Go Bowling

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Enjoy an afternoon or evening of fun with family and friends in one all-inclusive package that includes your ball, shoes, soft drink and choice of hot grill meals. Two hours of private lane time are reserved just for you.

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Ride a Segway

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Welcome to the first and only Dirt Moto track for Segways in the world!  Ride on more than a mile of dips, curves, whoops, and hills ranging in size from The Bunny Hill to The Widow Maker. More adventurous fun for the older kids ages 14+ only.

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Eat Ice Cream

Eat Ice Cream

Satisfy your sweet tooth and rev up your day with a java in one stop at the Cup & Cone. Featuring hand-dipped organic Boulder Ice Cream, barista espresso bar, root beer and soda fountain treats. A delight for everyone in the family.

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Board the Train

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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.

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Rent a Bike

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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!

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Ride a Helicopter

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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.

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Places to Stay

Quality Inn

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Pet-friendly, clean and spacious rooms are what you will find at the Quality Inn. Full service restaurant/bar, heated pool and hot tub along with a free full breakfast are a few items you can enjoy. Conveniently located in town near retail and dining. 

 Phone: 719-275-8676

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Best Western

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Very nice rooms in a convenient location in town near amenities and restaurants. Indoor whirlpool. Hot breakfast included. They will usually give a discount to RoyalGorge.Info customers upon request, when calling to book, subject to availability. 

 Phone: 719-275-2400

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America's Best

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Whether in town for business or pleasure, America’s Best Value Inn provides comfortable rooms, affordable rates, and a friendly staff to make your stay as carefree as possible. Outdoor pool on premises and well-behaved pets are welcome.

 Phone: 719-275-3377

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Jewel of the Canyons

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Stay at Cañon City’s most charming Bed & Breakfast. Enjoy present day comforts in an authentic 1890 Victorian style Bed & Breakfast while visiting scenic Cañon City, Colorado, the “Gateway to the Rockies.” Located in town close to retail shopping and restaurants.

Phone: 719-275-0378

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Royal Gorge Cabins

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Experience authentic Colorado charm at Royal Gorge Cabins. Available in one or two-bedrooms, the modern cabins include a kitchen, spa-style bathroom, living room and private patio. Glamorous camping tents with electricity, Wi-Fi, and patio with campfire ring also available.

Phone: 800-748-2953

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Royal View Campground

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This 50-acre campground is located near the Royal Gorge and provides some of the best views and camping and RV amenities available, combined with tranquility and peace. Mention RoyalGorge.Info to receive 10% off your stay. Cannot be combined with any other discount.

Phone: 719-275-1900

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Free Local Guides

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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