Welcome to Cañon City

Yes, there's no getting around it: Cañon City is a prison town. Most of the town's population work in the incarceration business in some capacity. There's even a prison on the main street. While these facts do give the place a certain vibe, you can't downplay the beauty of the majestic Rockies that abut the town, nor the striking, adrenaline-delivering Royal Gorge just outside it. The area offers some spectacular scenic drives and two excellent new museums.

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$98 Tours & Sightseeing

Canon City Royal Gorge Park Jeep 3.5-Hour Guided Tour

Look down into the breathtaking Royal Gorge as this guided tour takes you over America’s highest suspension bridge. This trip climbs more than 1,500 vertical feet out of historic Cañon City to the south rim of the world famous Royal Gorge. After admiring the depths of the Gorge as you cross the 18-foot wide, 1,270 foot long bridge almost a thousand feet above the Arkansas River, you will climb another 500 feet to the awe-inspiring views seen from Fremont Peak. From this high point, you will be able to see everything from Pike’s Peak to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the Eastern Plains of Colorado. Very few people have been determined enough to hike to this view much less have the option to be driven to it. On our way back down into Cañon City your guide will stop to show you dinosaur tracks left over 107 million years ago. This is a great trip for the whole family.Your customized open-air jeep is modified with your comfort in mind. Your guides use air bag suspensions to smooth out the ride and thick cushion seats so you can view the spectacular scenery and wildlife that Colorado has to offer without worrying about the rough bumpy ride.

$98 Outdoor Activities

Red Canyon Loop Off-Road Tour

The Red Canyon Loop meanders through bright red towering spires and monoliths sculpted by the erosion of the fountain formation, a layer of sedimentary rock made famous by well-known areas such as Garden of the Gods. You’ll visit the Garden Park Fossil Area, famous for the excavation of many complete dinosaur skeletons, such as the Stegosaurus currently on display at the Smithsonian and the Brontosaurus currently on display at the Wagner Free Institute of Philadelphia and the site of the “Bone Wars” dating back to the late 1870s. The trail will then start to climb up off the desert valley floor, through groves of junipers and cedars until picturesque views abound at every turn. A very short hike allows you to stretch your legs and get a view through “Overlook Arch” spanning high above Shaw Park. Then it is back to the jeep to study some dinosaur tracks, Indian petroglyphs and more awe-inspiring views. It is not uncommon to see wildlife such as mule deer, turkeys and an occasional bear throughout the tour.

$88.61 Water Sports

Royal Gorge 3-Hour Rafting Experience

If you live on adrenaline and want some close-to-home adventures, this half-day whitewater rafting trip is the one for you. Just about an hour from Colorado Springs, you’ll find yourself in whitewater a thousand feet beneath the Royal Gorge Bridge. You’ll definitely taste extreme Colorado whitewater rafting as you explode over class III to V rapids with names like Sunshine Falls, Sledgehammer and Boat Eater. In between these, soaked and exhilarated, you’ll see astounding geology, witness local wildlife and feel the history of the Arkansas River and the Colorado Mountain West. Because your guides handcraft each expedition with your feedback, no Royal Gorge river rafting trip is like any other, and this is one reason this trip is always a favorite.

$75.49 Water Sports

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Whitewater Family-Friendly Rafting Tour

Give your family a taste of whitewater adventure, paired with the perfect amount of calm Colorado scenery. Bighorn Sheep Canyon is gentle in just the right places to catch sight of a few Colorado Bighorn Sheep, and offers a few exhilarating class II & III whitewater sections, just enough to keep younger river rafters’ attention.Before you start this family adventure, a certified guide will walk you through all the rafting training you’ll need to handle the river. Your guide will work with you to make sure your adventure is one you’ll never forget.Bighorn Sheep Canyon boasts some beautiful Colorado river countryside and local wildlife. Hawks, Bighorn Sheep and a few eagles now and then may join you in your family adventure. Whitewater rafting has never been as beautiful.

$152.56 Water Sports

Royal Gorge 6-Hour Rafting Experience Near Colorado Springs

The Royal Gorge 6-hour trip is the full-day rafting excursion in Colorado that you must experience. Just an hour from Colorado Springs, the Royal Gorge includes world-class whitewater and gorgeous Colorado scenery. Add in the hearty and delicious riverside steak lunch, camaraderie with your guide and fellow adventurers and you have a day of memories you’ll not soon forget! Start your day by checking in at the rafting office located 8 miles west of Cañon City. Arrive 45 minutes prior to departure to ensure plenty of time to change into appropriate river attire in the changing rooms. Your guides will provide transportation to and from the river, so you can leave your car in the free parking area and utilize the key check service so you don't have to worry about losing your keys. While driving the short distance to the rafting location, a comprehensive safety orientation will be provided. A few more minutes on the beach with your guide will prepare you for the whitewater adventure ahead. Midway through the trip you'll pull your raft over at a private riverside landing and your guides will put together a hearty and delicious riverside lunch featuring grilled steaks. After recharging with quality food, it's back on the river for more miles of family rafting fun.  Upon returning, you'll have time to change into dry clothes before we show photos and videos of the day's adventures. Digital photos and video are available for purchase at an additional charge. Your full day of rafting will leave you soaked and grinning with wonderful memories of whitewater fun.

$69.74 Water Sports

Half Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Adventure

Rafting in Colorado through the epic and amazing Bighorn Sheep Canyon is a true American adventure. Witnessing the magnificent wildlife of Colorado’s San Isabel National Forest is an event not soon forgotten; catch a glimpse of a distinguished Bighorn Sheep while enjoying a Colorado whitewater rafting adventure. Talk about having something to write home about.The light brown coats of these animals allow them to blend right into the Colorado landscape, but if you know where to look, and our guides do, they can easily be spotted as they gracefully bounce from rock to rock on the steep canyon walls. Although sightings of these beautiful mammals are becoming fewer and fewer every year, your chances of spotting a herd of 10 to 20 of these magnificent creatures on our Bighorn Sheep Canyon rafting trips still remains high… that is, if you can tear your eyes away from the river full of rapids!With its beautiful high desert setting and abundant wildlife, Bighorn Sheep Canyon rafting has become one of our most popular rafting trips! Named for the numerous herds of bighorn sheep that inhabit this canyon, this section is filled with fun whitewater and great rapids such as Shark’s Tooth, Double Dip, and Kamikaze. This is the perfect trip for any group or family looking to pack scenery, wildlife, and adventure into one amazing Colorado rafting experience! Our Bighorn Sheep Canyon rafting trips depart from our Royal Gorge office, just west of Cañon City.