Welcome to the Royal Gorge Region and Cañon City, Colorado. The Royal Gorge Region is located just 2 hours south of Denver and 45 minutes southwest of Colorado Springs. The Royal Gorge is host to a number of world-class activities and attractions, including the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, Colorado’s premier scenic train that offers the very best view of the dramatic Royal Gorge. Besides offering breathtaking scenery, the Royal Gorge Route is rated as one of Colorado’s top onboard restaurants, serving its guests delicious entrées for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Colorado’s most popular holiday train, Santa Express runs from November 14 through the end of December with up to four daily departures. We’ve all seen the movie and read the book! Now experience the train that takes you to meet Santa Claus himself at the magical North Pole. The Santa Express Train is a winter wonderland, where children of all ages are encouraged to wear cozy pajamas and relax with family and friends on a journey you’ll treasure year after year.
In the mood for a really good cup of smooth Italian style espresso coffee, a fresh crepe, or some gelato? Happy Endings Caboose Cafe just opened in the fall of this year in a beautifully restored 1924 Great Western Railway caboose, and is located next to the train’s Santa Fe Depot. Delicious crepes, paninis and espresso is served daily. Turn south on 3rd Street to find the caboose cafe. “Because everyone deserves a happy ending!”
The region also offers the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, just 15 minutes from Cañon City where the views are spectacular. While you’re here, stop in at the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey to do a wine tasting, available year-round. Be sure to visit our downtown historic district, and remember that rock climbing, mountain biking, and other activities await you in the Royal Gorge Region.