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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Entrance Ticket

1. Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Entrance Ticket

Discover the natural beauty of Colorado with entrance tickets to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. Walk across the highest suspension bridge in America, and soak in views of the Arkansas River as you sail above the gorge by gondola. Visit this historical attraction and enjoy a fun day out for the entire family. As well as the Aerial Gondola, your entrance ticket includes access to the Children’s Playland, the Plaza Theater, and live entertainment during the summer season. Enjoy unlimited rides on the Aerial Gondola. Get your camera ready and admire the scenery as you glide across the gorge. Head to the kids’ play area, filled with ropes, slides, nets, tunnels, and towers. Journey back in time and discover the bridge’s history at the Plaza Theater. Watch a short documentary and check out the historical exhibition, to learn all about the park. With live performances and shows throughout the summer season, there’s something for everyone.

Cañon City: Half-Day Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting Tour

2. Cañon City: Half-Day Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting Tour

Fuel your soul with a whitewater rafting tour through Royal Gorge. Travel from Cañon City to the Arkansas River and admire views of stunning mountain peaks. Cruise over class 3, 4, and 5 whitewater rapids.  Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office. Relax on the drive from the meeting point. Get fitted with your helmet, life vest, and splash jacket and start your whitewater rafting adventure on a mellow section of river to give you and your crew a chance to warm up.  Prepare to get wet, hit some big waves, see some amazing scenery and experience some of the best rafting in Colorado. Encounter some major rapids like Sunshine, Sledgehammer, the Narrows, and Wall slammer. Travel right under the Royal Gorge Bridge. Feel the challenge of rafting through steep sections of river as you plunge 65 feet per mile through one of Colorado’s most dramatic gorges. Return to the meeting point at the end of the tour. 

Cotopaxi: Family-Friendly Rafting Tour

3. Cotopaxi: Family-Friendly Rafting Tour

Join a rafting trip that's perfect for the whole family. Suitable for beginners as well as young children and seniors, this tour offers mild whitewater, opportunities for swimming, as well as views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. After checking in at the local partner's office, head to the starting point, a private beach with easy river access. Then, set off on the 5-mile journey down the river. With few companies rafting on this part of the river, you'll often have it completely to yourself. The route is perfect for beginners and first-time rafters and also offers views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range as well as wildlife spotting opportunities. After the tour, transfer back to the local partner's base where changing rooms are available for you to use.

Cañon City: Half-Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Tour

4. Cañon City: Half-Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Tour

Experience the thrill of rafting through Bighorn Sheep Canyon on this half-day tour from Cotopaxi or Cañon. Cruise along the Arkansas river with high-quality rafting gear. Look for local wildlife like bighorn sheep as you paddle along a 10-mile stretch of river.  Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office in Cotopaxi or Cañon. Get fitted with your helmet, life vest, and splash jacket and start your whitewater rafting adventure on the Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Begin on a smooth stretch of river to help ease you into the trip. Pass over the Prelude and 3 Rocks Falls whitewater rapids within the first mile. Later encounter the Five Points, Spikebuck, Sharks Tooth, Double Dip, and Puppy rapids. Keep an eye out for wildlife like red-tailed hawks and mule deer. Return to your meeting point at the end of the tour.  

Cañon City: Full-Day Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting Tour

5. Cañon City: Full-Day Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting Tour

Experience the excitement of rafting through the Royal Gorge on this tour from Cañon City. Kick your adrenaline into overdrive as you pass over class 3,4, and 5 rapids. Stop for a picnic lunch on the river.  Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office. Relax on the drive from the meeting point. Get fitted with your helmet, life vest, and splash jacket and start your whitewater rafting adventure.  Encounter huge waves, steep technical drops, and almost continuous whitewater rapids in the narrow canyon. Royal Gorge rafting is steep and technical as it plunges 65 feet per mile. Cruise under the famous Royal Gorge Bridge above the Arkansas River. Get your heart pumping with rapids like Sledgehammer, Wall slammer, the Narrows, Boat eater, and the infamous Sunshine Falls. Lunch will be served at a stop on the river. Return to the meeting point at the end of the tour. 

Cotopaxi: Bighorn Sheep Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour

6. Cotopaxi: Bighorn Sheep Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour

Experience the adrenaline rush of rafting over class 2 and 3 whitewater rapids on this tour from Cotopaxi. Explore the beauty and wildlife in Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Have a delicious lunch by the river halfway through your trip.  Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office. Get fitted with your helmet, life vest, and splash jacket and start your whitewater rafting adventure on the Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Set off beneath the dramatic Cotopaxi cliffs on a smooth stretch of river to help ease you into the trip. Admire spectacular views of geological formations and the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Keep your energy up with a tasty buffet-style deli spread with fruits and dessert.  Look for bighorn sheep as you make your way down the river. Return to the meeting point at the end of the tour.  

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What people are saying about Cañon City

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 101 reviews

This was my daughter‘s and I first white water rafting experience. I was a little nervous and hesitated on booking the trip. I am so glad I did. We all said that the white water rafting was our favorite part of our mini vacation. Connor was our guide and he made the trip very exciting. Would definitely recommend him and will request him if we ever return.

This was an easy page to order tickets prior to outing. It made it really easy to enter the Royal Gorge. Definitely use it again

Worth the drive from Colorado Springs. Beautifully landscaped visitors center. Friendly staff.

The views of the river and rock formations are breathtaking

Such a wonderful family activity!! Highly recommend!!