Stopping by Cañon City anytime soon? Whether you’re visiting the neighborhood or live close by, the Royal Gorge Region is home to top-rated local restaurants, shops and attractions. If you’re wanting to discover new places in the area, then check out our list of local favorites and experiences that you’ll find in Cañon City.
Arkansas River Tours
Known as one of Colorado’s top whitewater rafting adventures, the Arkansas River Tours provides several rafting options for all levels of experience to enjoy. Trips like the Bighorn Sheep Canyon are perfect for families and beginners, while advanced groups will get an adrenaline rush from the Royal Gorge Rafting trip. Regardless, you’ll get fantastic views of the surrounding landscape. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!
Royal Gorge Route Railroad
If a relaxing journey with fantastic food and a full bar is more your style, you have to check our top local favorite: The Royal Gorge Route Railroad. This dining car train takes you through the Royal Gorge for the most gorgeous sights in the area. With expansive windows and open-air cars, visitors have a full view of the 1000-foot deep canyon.
Passengers can choose from first class three-course experiences, or more casual fare from the 403 Grill. The Royal Gorge Route also has a fully stocked bar on board where guests can order craft beers, cocktails, wine, specialty drinks and more.
Tickets sell out quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot as soon as you can for this top-rated Cañon City experience. Get your tickets here!
Happy Endings Caboose Cafe
Originally built in 1924 as Caboose 1006, this train car has been restored into a cafe. Located right next to Canon City’s major attractions, the Happy Ending’s Caboose Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks that are made with Colorado-sourced ingredients. Enjoy freshly-brewed espresso drinks, a delicious burger, ice cream, crepes, sandwiches and other tasty treats.
Nirvana Culinary Paradise
Nirvana Culinary Paradise is a family owned and operated establishment that serves authentic Indian cuisine. Using healthy, wholesome ingredients and spices imported from India, you’ll find classic dishes such as masala, curry and tandoori that don’t disappoint. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, so you can enjoy the downtown area while eating.
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
Nestled against the Wet Mountains backdrop, Cañon City is home to the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. Since it’s opening in 2002, the winery has won several prestigious awards, including “Wine of the Year” by the Colorado Association of Viticulture and Enology. The tasting room includes a dining experience where you can pair food with different wines, from a menu created by renowned chef Rob Portice.
Discover Your Favorite Spot
From the Royal Gorge Railroad to authentic Indian food, these local attractions are a must-see for any new or curious traveler. The adventure doesn’t stop there, however. The Royal Gorge region is filled with several more local places for you to discover on your own. Next time you’re visiting, be sure to check out these other favorite attractions, and find your favorite spot within the city.