It comes with great relief, that the Royal Gorge Region’s top destination attraction, the Royal Gorge Route, is now able to run trains through the Royal Gorge under a restaurant waiver. The line, which was preserved under the direction of Governor Roy Romer in 1997,, was awarded in a bid process to the Colorado family that had years of experience rebuilding the Colorado Central and Georgetown Loop railroads. The Royal Gorge Route employs 300 staff, draws 155,000 visitors to the area with an economic impact of over 30-million to the state economy. If the railroad hadn’t reopened, the local economy would have been devastated.
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. Come see why USA Today, Food Network, and NPR call the attraction a “must do.”
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!”
If you’re looking for one of the most unique overnight accommodations in southern Colorado, the historic Royal Gorge Mansion is now available to book an extraordinary stay. The Mansion is listed on the Historic Registry and features four gorgeous bedrooms, two parlors, a massive dinning room, kitchen, and beautiful verandas. The mansion sits on 4 manicured acres and can be booked online here.
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.