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Canon City

Travel to Canon City, Colorado

Tucked into the folds and bluffs of the Arkansas Valley in south central Colorado, Canon City boasts the nickname of “The Climate Capital of Colorado” due to the mild climate. The relaxed pace of the region’s quaint small towns, spectacular scenery, year-round outdoor activities, The Royal Gorge Park & Bridge, and The Arkansas River, which flows through the region, make this the perfect vacation destination. Request a FREE Vacation Guide.

Favorite Things to Do in the Royal Gorge Region

  • Royal Gorge Bridge and Park – a must-see and do experience. Cross America’s highest suspension bridge and participate in the other features offered at the park.
  • Whitewater rafting through the Royal Gorge Canyon – a very popular way to see and experience all the wonders of the Royal Gorge Canyon and the Arkansas River.
  • Jeep Tours – The Royal Gorge Region is an amazing place to travel through. Featuring a high alpine desert landscape and a plethora of off-road routes.
  • Royal Gorge Scenic Train – climb onboard the original transcontinental passenger train from the early 1900s.
  • The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey – voted “Best Front Range Tasting Room” by Colorado Vine. The wine-tasting room is open daily.
  • Mountain Biking & Hiking – are understated activities but many exceptional miles of trails await.

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About Canon City and Regional Attractions

Family fun starts with a memorable ride on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, one of the most scenic train rides in the world. The historic tracks follow the Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge Canyon, with views of the bridge from below. The whole family will enjoy exploring the unique rock formations and historic dinosaur sites. Leisure seekers will delight in the one-of-a-kind galleries, renowned antiquing, wine tasting, golfing, and fishing.

Canon City is home to The Royal Gorge, which has a width of 50 feet at the base of the gorge and a few hundred feet at its top, with a depth of 1,200 feet; the 10-mile-long canyon is a stunning natural wonder. 1929, one of the world’s highest suspension bridges was built over the Grand Gorge. The Royal Gorge Bridge has a quarter-mile long span and hangs 1,053 feet above the gorge. The bridge is one of Colorado’s most popular attractions.

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All Aboard!

All Aboard – it’s that time

Welcome to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad! We’re glad you’ve chosen to visit. Whether you are new to experiencing this legendary railroad or have been a returning guest for years, we look forward to offering you the best in year-round historic train adventures presented today as they were in 1882! We invite you to hop aboard and relive the “Golden Age” on our railroad, which was voted “#1 Best Scenic Train in North America “ by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2021 & 2022, “Best Historic Railroad of the West” 2021-23 by TrueWest Magazine Readers, and “Best Train Experience in the West” in 2016 by Sunset Magazine. Order a FREE All-Aboard Guide.

About D&SNGRR

Our family has dedicated decades to preserving the history surrounding this national treasure, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This railroad is designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service and an American Society of Civil Engineering Landmark.

When is the best time to visit the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad? Any time of the year!

During the winter, we offer exclusive round-trip train adventures deep into the heart of the San Juan National Forest to Cascade Canyon as well as the premier holiday family event train, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train ride.

If you’re visiting in the springtime, your train excursion may feature incredible waterfalls during the spring thaw season as you journey to Cascade Canyon.

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All Aboard in the Summer

Summer is high season at the D&S with daily full day Durango to Silverton excursions May through October departing from Durango. We also offer daily 5-hour excursions on the Cascade Canyon Express seven days a week during the high season. These rail journeys also depart from the Durango Depot and travel to Cascade Canyon and are a perfect highlight reel of spectacular Rocky Mountain vistas for those with limited time.

Autumn offers you a unique way to experience peak leaf season from the comfort of the D&S train. Connect with family and friends as you explore the Rocky Mountains by historic railway. Sit back and allow yourself to be transported through a riot of blazing fall colors featuring the spectacular golden glow of aspens.

However you choose to relax and connect on the D&S train, and whatever adventure awaits you, we hope you have an inspiring journey where you create wonderful life-long memories!

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Canon City

Travel to Canon City, Colorado

Tucked into the folds and bluffs of the Arkansas Valley in south central Colorado, Canon City boasts the nickname of “The Climate Capital of Colorado” due to the mild climate. The relaxed pace of the region’s quaint small towns, spectacular scenery, year-round outdoor activities, The Royal Gorge Park & Bridge, and The Arkansas River, which flows through the region, make this the perfect vacation destination. Request a FREE Vacation Guide.

Favorite Things to Do in the Royal Gorge Region

  • Royal Gorge Bridge and Park – a must-see and do experience. Cross America’s highest suspension bridge and participate in the other features offered at the park.
  • Whitewater rafting through the Royal Gorge Canyon – a very popular way to see and experience all the wonders of the Royal Gorge Canyon and the Arkansas River.
  • Jeep Tours – The Royal Gorge Region is an amazing place to travel through. Featuring a high alpine desert landscape and a plethora of off-road routes.
  • Royal Gorge Scenic Train – climb onboard the original transcontinental passenger train from the early 1900s.
  • The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey – voted “Best Front Range Tasting Room” by Colorado Vine. The wine-tasting room is open daily.
  • Mountain Biking & Hiking – are understated activities but many exceptional miles of trails await.

Cañon City Downtown Canon City

About Canon City and Regional Attractions

Family fun starts with a memorable ride on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, one of the most scenic train rides in the world. The historic tracks follow the Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge Canyon, with views of the bridge from below. The whole family will enjoy exploring the unique rock formations and historic dinosaur sites. Leisure seekers will delight in the one-of-a-kind galleries, renowned antiquing, wine tasting, golfing, and fishing.

Canon City is home to The Royal Gorge, which has a width of 50 feet at the base of the gorge and a few hundred feet at its top, with a depth of 1,200 feet; the 10-mile-long canyon is a stunning natural wonder. 1929, one of the world’s highest suspension bridges was built over the Grand Gorge. The Royal Gorge Bridge has a quarter-mile long span and hangs 1,053 feet above the gorge. The bridge is one of Colorado’s most popular attractions.

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Agritourism

Colorado Agritourism

When you think of Colorado, most likely you envision majestic mountain ranges and glitzy ski resorts, not agritourism. However, the diverse agriculture business, that is fundamental to Colorado, is not so well known and even more interesting. Cattle ranching was one of the first industries in Colorado and has withstood the test of time. When the gold rush busted in the late 1800s or didn’t pan out, cattle ranching became the fallback way of living and is still thriving today.

Colorado has diverse geology that spans untouchable wilderness to very fertile valleys. There are banana belt areas that produce some of our country’s best peaches, host vineyards, and grow corn and other vegetable staples. 

With all the tourism already flocking to Colorado and the increased interest in “farm to table” or organic produce. Colorado’s farmers are opening their barn doors so to speak and engaging tourists in the concept of agritourism. 

Try Agritourism

Agritourism can mean farm field trips where you can engage in an educational component of farming. Learn how produce is grown or take a hay ride around the farm.

Sign up to pick apples or vegetables right out of the field. Or, experience the exhilaration of going through the corn maze. Pumpkin patches are big and orange in the fall. Are you ready for your personal pumpkin selection right off of the vine? 

Agritourism is just one more amazing aspect that Colorado has to enhance your vacation experience.

 

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Winter Park

Things to Do in Winter Park, Colorado

Winter Park is most renowned as a ski area but offers much more, especially for those seeking a Colorado adventure. This is the great outdoors you’ve dreamed about, where fresh air and gorgeous natural surroundings meet high-alpine adventures and soothing retreats. It’s the perfect convergence of life, nature, and the elements. Winter Park inspires visitors from around the world and constantly rewards those lucky enough to call this home. See for yourself.

Getting to Winter Park

Take the “Winter Train” or the California Zephyr Train straight from Union Station in LoDo Denver to Winter Park. Make a connection at Union Station on the A-line, which goes directly to Denver International Airport (DIA).

Take the Short Drive From Denver

A mountain drive just 67 miles from Denver. As you crest the 11,400-foot summit of Berthoud Pass and make your way down US Highway 40, the valley opens up before you like your own four-season playground. The area shimmers with life, from the snowcapped peaks of the Continental Divide to the northern runout of the Fraser River and its tributaries. Home to unbelievable outdoor adventure, spectacular scenery, and family fun. With over 324” of snow each year, it makes for excellent skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, and snow angel making. It is a playground sure to please anyone’s inner child.

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Frisco

Things to Do in Frisco, Colorado

Frisco is located at the epicenter of winter adventure less than 35 minutes from 6 world-class ski & ride resorts including Copper Mountain (7 minutes) and Breckenridge (15 minutes). Yet, Frisco stays true to its laid-back vibe with a charming Main Street and a great sense of humor. Frisco’s festivals celebrate everything from ugly holiday sweaters to dogs in their Mardi Gras best. Frisco knows how to have a good time and everyone is invited to join in on the fun.

Frisco’s unique Main Street offers some of the best local shopping and inspired dining in the Rocky Mountains. A great cup of joe, extraordinary views, and unusual finds are around every corner. Downtown Frisco is a perfect central location for everything in the area. Our lodging recommendations are: The Frisco Lodge and The Frisco Inn on Galena.

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Frisco’s Adventure Park

Every activity in Frisco is in the audience of stunning snowcapped peaks and Frisco’s Adventure Park is no exception. The Adventure Park boasts an 8-lane, lift-assisted tubing hill, a beginner ski/ride hill, 45 km of cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. It is the perfect place to soak in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains while getting outside together. And wherever the day takes you, Frisco’s small-town character and central location make it easy to feel right at home.

Things to do Frisco

Dillon Reservoir

The heart of this town beats for a love of the outdoors. The Dillon Reservoir is the icing on the cake for Frisco and the other surrounding communities such as Silverthorne and Dillon. The reservoir spans 3,300 acres, making it one of Colorado’s largest reservoirs. The Frisco Bay Marina is a draw for many people who enjoy sailing, SUPs, and other watercraft activities.

Frisco is a Community

In addition to finding all things Colorado in Frisco such as hiking and mountain bike trails right from town, plus camping on the lake, and a cross-skiing touring center next to the Adventure Park. Frisco has all the usual amenities of any town and a local population base that brings familiarity to daily life.

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Durango

Durango

Things to Do in Durango, Colorado

Located in Southwest Colorado at the foot of the San Juan Mountains, Durango is an escape from the ordinary. This mountain town has many claims to fame, including mountain bike mecca, the best water town, the best scenic train ride, top family ski resort, and even the dog-friendliest destination. Discover for yourself what makes this area a unique and memorable place for people of all types to visit and enjoy.

All Seasons in Durango

Durango’s southwest location and proximity to the mountains ensure the seasonal experience. Even better, during seasonal transitions, you can participate in winter and snow sports at higher elevations or take a short drive further southwest and jump into summer fun. Locals appreciate this feature, and Durango does a great job of promoting seasonal events. You will surely find something going on at any time of year in Durango.

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Breckenridge

Things to Do in Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge is known as a world-class ski and snowboard destination, and for good reason – Breckenridge Ski Resort spans four peaks and more than 2,300 acres that include five terrain parks, two half-pipes, eight bowls and the highest chairlift in North America.  Beyond the runs?  Signature winter parties, indie shopping, an award-winning arts district and locally-made libations await.  After all, Breck delivers on diversity.

Prospectors discovered gold when they founded this mountain town in 1859.  Today, Breck is a quaint mountain town tucked away in the Ten Mile Range.  The 154-year-old Victorian town includes one of the state’s largest National Historic Districts with 249 Historic District structures.

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