Wishlist’s Top Five Activities To Do In Cañon City

At just over a mile-high this classic Colorado town holds some of the state’s most inspiring landscapes as well as a more than a few fun activities. Below we’ve listed our top five activities to do while In Cañon City, keep reading to learn about each of these enticing experiences.

  1. White Water Rafting in the Royal Gorge
Photo Courtesy of Raft Masters
Photo Courtesy of Raft Masters

Of course our first activity would be experiencing the Royal Gorge from up close and personal. This monstrous canyon, nicknamed The Grand Canyon of the Arkansas (Arkansas River, that is), offers to the weary traveler a myriad of thrilling adventures. The first on our list is the most popular Royal Gorge activity, but we couldn’t help but mention it. White Water Rafting in this landscape is hard to beat. With conditions made for every kind of rafter from novice to advanced, the Royal Gorge can give anyone the rafting experience of a lifetime.

  1. Zip Lining across the Royal Gorge
Photo Courtesy of Royal Gorge Rafting
Photo Courtesy of Royal Gorge Rafting

Now, if you’re not much of a water-dwelling person (don’t worry, a lot of us here in landlocked Colorado aren’t), perhaps flying across the Royal Gorge will appease your adventurous appetite. Experience flight, by zip lining across the expansive canyon and seeing Colorado from soaring heights.

 

  1. Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
Photo Courtesy of Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
Photo Courtesy of Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

One of Colorado’s most beloved public parks, the Arkansas Headwaters, has activities for everyone. Here’s what they have to offer:

Biking

Boating

Camping

Cross-country Skiing

Education Programs

Fishing

Gold Panning

Hiking

Horseback Riding

Ice Fishing

OHV Riding (off-roading)

Picnicking

Rock Climbing

Snowmobiling

Snowshoeing

Whitewater Rafting

Winter Camping

  1. Royal Gorge Route Railroad
Photo Courtesy of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad
Photo Courtesy of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad

If you’re itching to see the Royal Gorge in its entirety, consider taking the 24-mile journey by train. The Royal Gorge Railroad has a litany of world-class services including gourmet lunch, dinner, and even Murder Mystery Trains. Enjoy breathtaking scenery from the inside of a modern marvel and see the Royal Gorge from the inner most corners.

  1. The Museum of Colorado Prisons
Photo Courtesy of the Museum of Colorado Prisons
Photo Courtesy of the Museum of Colorado Prisons

While often an unsettling part of both Colorado’s past and present, the State was and is home to some of the Nation’s highest security prisons. In this museum you can learn about the life of inmates in the past as well as see some paraphernalia and pictures of notorious Colorado inmates. Essentially our own Alcatraz, the Museum of Colorado Prisons, offers an interesting end to your Cañon City travels, that you won’t want to miss.

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