Royal Gorge Route Railroad

330 Royal Gorge Blvd.
Cañon City, CO 81212
888.724.5748 or 719.276.4000

Royal Gorge Route Railroad is open all year round, with trains running at 12:30 pm departure daily from Jan. 1- May 25th 2018. There is an additional 5:00 pm departure on Saturdays from March 17- May 19th 2018.

Colorado’s most historic train will be running through Royal Gorge and under the famous Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge for the 2018 season.

Relax, sit back and enjoy the gorgeous scenery in the Vista Dome, the Club, and Coach classes of service.

Walk-ups always welcome!!

Arkansas River Tours

49311 US Hwy 50
Cañon City, CO 81212
PO Box 337
Cotopaxi, CO 81223

Since 1973 we have been offering exceptional rafting adventures in the Royal Gorge region. Our River and Rail Packages combine a ½ day rafting trip in Bighorn Sheep Canyon or the Royal Gorge with a steak or chicken BBQ lunch and an afternoon train ride through the Royal Gorge. We also offer Royal Gorge Bridge and Rafting packages including the brand new Royal Gorge Zip Line spanning over 2000 feet and 1200 feet above the river!

Families with little kids weighing at least 35 pounds can enjoy our Family Float with fun Class II-III rapids for kids and adults alike with spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Real rafting in a mountain setting!

Families looking for exciting rafting can choose a full day or ½ day Bighorn Sheep Canyon trip. Adventurous rafters in good physical condition should consider the heart-pounding Class IV+ rapids of the Royal Gorge!

Trips leave daily from our Cañon City office just 10 minutes to the put-in and 5 minutes from the take-out. We have trips for just about everyone!

Choose Arkansas River Tours for the finest river experiences! Call us today to plan the highlight of your vacation.

Colorado Jeep Tours

2315 E. Main Street
Cañon City, Colorado 81212

At Colorado Jeep Tours we pride ourselves on providing high quality, scenic, and informative jeep tours. Our interpretive tours offer a variety of entertaining information including western history, geology, and even paleontology while traveling on some of the most scenic roads and trails in Colorado. Our tours leave from Canon City just 45 minutes South of Colorado Springs and offer a fun and interesting way to see and learn about Colorado.

Each tour has its own unique scenery. Some tours take you along the rim of the famous Royal Gorge, while other tours explore the bright red monoliths that make up Red Canyon Park. Colorado Jeep Tours also can take you along the Gold Belt Tour through the late 1800’s mining districts of Cripple Creek and Victor. All of our tours are incredibly scenic and accommodate most ages and abilities.

Make your vacation planning easy and stay in one of our luxury cabins at Royal Gorge Cabins, or rough it just a little and pitch a tent or check out our glamorous camping – glamping tents! Our lodging options also include RV camping and rustic cabins. Enjoy our 8 Mile Bar & Grill restaurant with indoor or patio seating with beautiful mountain views.

Our customized open-air jeeps are modified with your comfort in mind. We 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.

We’ve partnered with the best attractions in the surrounding area to show you the best the Royal Gorge Region has to offer. Consider pairing your half day jeep tour with a ride on the Historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad through the Royal Gorge, a zip line tour, whitewater rafting, or wine tasting. Whether you are looking for a scenic half-day tour, a historical and adventurous full day tour, or a day packed with one of the best multisport packages in Colorado, we have an adventure that’s right for you!

Echo Canyon River Expeditions

45000 West US Highway 50
Cañon City, CO 81212
800.755.3246 or 719.275.3154

Echo Canyon River Expeditions will provide your family with an incredible rafting experience and an excellent value. We offer truly world class amenities and service. Join us for a half-day, full-day or multi-day raft trip, or choose from a number of premier packages including our Raft & Zip or Raft-n-Rail®.


Make your vacation planning easy and stay in one of our luxury cabins at Royal Gorge Cabins, or rough it just a little and pitch a tent or check out our glamorous camping – glamping tents! Enjoy our 8 Mile Bar & Grill restaurant with indoor or patio seating with beautiful mountain views.


Echo Canyon is located eight miles west of Cañon City and just one hour from Colorado Springs. Give us a call or visit our website so we can assist you in the planning of your Colorado rafting vacation. We look forward to hosting you!

Performance Tours, Inc.

0193 Co Rd 3a
Cañon City, CO 81212

Whitewater Rafting on Colorado’s most spectacular rivers!

Looking for adventure that’s exciting, affordable and fun? We’ve got it! Lots of trip options for all ages and ability levels, including rafting & rail packages, rafting & zipline packages, and paddle & saddle packages. We offer a variety of 2 hour to multi day mild to wild rafting adventures, including trips through the spectacular 1100’ deep Royal Gorge below the bridge and the newly designated Brown’s Canyon National Monument, with magnificent mountain and canyon scenery. We have provided over 475,000 satisfied guests with exciting and memorable river adventures since 1986 and have one of the best safety records in Colorado. We are one of the most established, experienced and trusted rafting outfitters in Colorado and our award winning guest service keeps our guests coming back year after year. Give us a call (1-800-328-7238), or check us out online at and discover why rafting has become one of the most popular summertime activities in Colorado, and why so many outdoor enthusiasts prefer Performance Tours Rafting for their whitewater adventures! $15.00/pp discount! Great guides! – Great service! – Great value! Don’t settle for 1 or 2 – at Performance Tours you get all 3! Reserve your adventure today! You’ll be glad you did!

Raft Masters Rafting

2315 E. Main Street
Cañon City, CO 81212

Raft Masters has been in business under the same ownership since 1989. Few rafting companies can boast of that length of continuous dedication and service. At Raft Masters we strive to be “The BEST rafting company in Colorado” by offering quality, professional rafting experiences. Our prices are competitive and reflect the quality and experience you and your family expect, with “No hidden or last minute add-on charges.” Our number one priority is to provide you with the finest raft trip possible; our attention to your comfort, safety, and enjoyment is reflected in our guides and equipment–the best.

We offer many different packages combining whitewater rafting with the Historical Royal Gorge Route Railroad, Zip Lining, Horseback Riding, Wine Tasting, and Jeep Tours. You can also enjoy lunch at our on-site “Eddy Out Café” before or after your trip.

Raft Masters is located just 45 miles South of Colorado Springs in beautiful Canon City, where wet suits, splash jackets and river shoes are always free.

iLean Ride Segway Tours

0029 County Road 3A
Cañon City, CO 81212

Play Dirty ATV Tours

27077 US Hwy 50
Texas Creek, CO 81223

Royal Gorge Anglers

49311 Hwy 50 West
(2 miles west of Canon City at Skyline Drive)
Cañon City, CO 81212
888.994.6743 or 719.269.3474

Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tours

45045 US Hwy 50
Cañon City, CO 81212

Recreation Information

Cañon City, Colorado has endless recreational opportunities from fishing and whitewater rafting, to viewing the abundant wildlife, or spending a day in one of our parks. Below are just a few ideas!

The Arkansas River

As the snow melts high in the Colorado Rockies, world class whitewater rapids are born in the Royal Gorge Region. The Arkansas River hosts more rafters than any other river in the world. Easy access and wide diversity, awards the Arkansas River recognition as the number one river in the country for rafting and kayaking. Bighorn Sheep Canyon just west of Cañon City offers Class II-Class III waters, ideal for first time rafters and families, while the Royal Gorge itself boasts the steep drops and huge rapids that make this the Class IV and V run that draws experienced rafters from far and wide.

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

The Arkansas River provides other water sports for the ultimate sports enthusiast. Kayaking the rapids through Bighorn Sheep Canyon is a premier place for intermediate kayakers to test their mastery of the sport. Others who prefer to remain grounded can try their luck at fly fishing for rainbow trout.

Touring through the Royal Gorge Region whether on horseback, on mountain bike or by foot, is an extraordinary experience that will not be matched anywhere on earth. Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is a unique rec area stretching 148 miles from high in the mountains where the Arkansas River is born all the way to it’s holding area at Lake Pueblo.

Wildlife prospers throughout the area and can be seen without much effort from visitors, Deer, rabbits, hummingbirds and chipmunks are the most prevalent. However, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, bears, elk, bald eagles, and antelope can be seen if you keep your eyes open!

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