Top things to do in Cañon City

Top Choice Bridge in Cañon City

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

In 1929 this 1260ft-long suspension bridge was built across the 950ft-deep Royal Gorge, which stretches for 10 miles west of Cañon City. The bridge and surrounding area became a popular tourist attraction until a wi…
Top Choice Museum in Cañon City

Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

More than three years in gestation, this dinosaur of an experience hatched in 2016 and comes highly recommended for fans of the Jurassic period and anyone interested in the evolution of life on the planet. Featuring…
Mexican in Cañon City

El Caporal

This funky, family-owned diner serves up decent Mexican fare. Tuck into carne asada, grilled chicken dinners with refried beans, rice and guacamole, tasty chicken tacos al carbon, enchiladas, burritos, chimichangas …
Museum in Cañon City

Museum of Colorado Prisons

Set in the original women's prison, right outside the stone walls of the territorial prison, each of the 30 cells is decked out with a different exhibit. The coup de grace is the vintage gas chamber.
Archaeological Site in Cañon City

Garden Park Fossil Area

The second-largest Jurassic graveyards in Colorado, and still one of the largest in North America, these are one of the quarries that spawned the Bone Wars and produced such dinosaur stars as stegosaurus, diplodocus…
Historic Site in Cañon City

Prospect Heights

When United Artists were making John Wayne Westerns in Cañon City, this is where they lived and worked. A turn-of-the-20th-century Colorado Fuel & Iron company town before Hollywood came and went, Cañon City was…
Museum in Cañon City

Royal Gorge Museum & History Center

Good for that rare rainy day is this municipal museum, which introduces the region's early history. In 2013 it incorporated the local dinosaur museum collection (it's here indefinitely), consisting of a stegosaurus …
Park in Cañon City

Centennial Park

Connected by footbridge to the Whitewater Kayak & Recreation Park, this place is called 'duck park' by locals, thanks to the numerous web-footed residents. There's a great wide lawn, outdoor grills and picnic ta…
American in Cañon City

Oak Creek Grade General Store

Midway between Cañon City and Westcliffe, this historic general store and steakhouse pours the Old West atmosphere on thick. In the summer it hosts bluegrass sessions for a Saturday-night dinner show, which brings t…
Maps in Cañon City

GTR Mapping

Publishers of the topographical Recreational Map of Colorado and others.