Four Seasons of Fremont County

    Elk Horn Picnic Area, Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

    Welcome to the Climate Capital of Colorado!

    While some regions in Colorado’s mountains and foothills experience winter conditions from late October right into early or mid-June, the Royal Gorge Region often enjoys 40-, 50- and sometimes even 60-degree days during the winter months.

    At an elevation of 5,332 feet above sea level, this area is slightly higher than the Mile High City of Denver. But tucked into the folds and bluffs of the Arkansas Valley, Cañon City often enjoys a much milder climate than most of the Front Range and Denver.

    Riverwalk TrailOftentimes, at the precise moment powder hounds are carving first tracks on one of Colorado’s ski runs, their technical climbing counterparts might very well be roping up for morning ascents at the Shelf Road Climbing Area just north of Cañon City.

    Truly, in the Royal Gorge Region year-round outdoor recreation opportunities are limited only by one’s imagination. Regardless of what the calendar might say, visitors can enjoy 18 holes of golf on one of the courses across the region. The Arkansas Riverwalk Trail is also an excellent choice for a leisure walk or ride, and is perfect for families.

    Fly fishers can wet their lines in the Arkansas River all year long – and maybe even land that monster Brown. Guide service is available, and easy access is found along the Riverwalk Trail.

    The historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad offers scenic rides year-round. Extending into winter months, train enthusiasts can take a magical trip to the North Pole on the Santa Express Train.

    In addition, ATV and jeep tours, scenic drives, hikes, The Abbey Winery, mountain biking, and visits to the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park are all year-round opportunities.


    5,343 - 9,500 feet


    Summer 57o - 87o
    Fall 43o - 74o
    Winter 23o - 52o
    Spring 40o - 69o