Lodging

Local Accomodations

Parkview Inn

As the name states, right a cross the road from a beautiful Canon City park. Very close to the Royal Gorge train and WAO rafting company. Owners work very hard to continue the remodeling of this very affordable lodging option.

Info or reservations – 719.275.0624

Canon City EconoLodge

Located in easy walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants and bars. Indoor pool and hot tub, across the road from the Royal Gorge train. 1 mile to WAO rafting company.

Info or reservations 719.276.6900

Colorado Inn

Great little place, very affordable and clean. Close to downtown. Friendly staff.

Info or reservations – 719.275.9601

Hampton Inn

This is one of the newest properties in Canon City on the east end of town. Offering Free internet, Free breakfast and an indoor pool. Very nice.

Info or reservations - 719.269.1112

Quality Inns and Suites

Formerly  the "Canon Inn" this property is one of the few full service hotels in the Royal Gorge area. Complete with bar and grill, billiard room, swimming pool and several hot tubs in the "Garden room". East end of town.

Info or reservations - 719.275.8676

Florence Rose B & B

Quality B&B experience with exceptional guest services. Hot tub, A/C, Pet friendly room available. No kids under 12.

Info or reservations 719.784.4734

Website - www.Florencerose.com

Best Western

East end of Canon City and you will need to cross town to get to any activities or attractions. Canon City is a small town…10 minutes to anything, tops. Clean and fairly new.

Info or reservations – 719.275.2400

Holy Cross Abbey

This is a great option for youth groups, scout troops or any large group involving "kids on a budget".

Options at "the Abbey" include Dorm style lodging, camping and full meal plans. Our advice is to book early if this is something that appeals to your group.

For more info contact Brenda - 719.275.8631 or email at lodging@theabbeycc.com

Website - www.theabbeycc.com

Food

First of all, Canon City is home to every fast food joint you can imagine and you will see them all when you drive through town on Hwy 50. Canon City is a very "fast food and Wal-Mart" kind of place... it was a huge deal here when we got a "Chili's". That being said, following are a few places we recommend and one that the guides are constantly sending people to.

Pizza Madness

Downtown location is very popular locally. Some say this is the best pizza in the county. Great place to take the kids or scout troop after your raft trip. Obviously, pizza is the main offering here, but they also do several excellent sandwiches and salads. Best to call ahead if you are bringing in a group.

509 Main St.

719.276.3088

Big Burger World

Off the "main drag" and a favorite among our staff in the office. The "big burgers" are huge... I have never finished one. We also recommend the fresh strawberry shake made with actual fresh strawberries. One mile south of Hwy 50 on 9th street.

Owl Cigar Store

This downtown bar and grill used to be, but no longer is, a cigar store. They serve burgers, shakes, beer and anything else you would expect to find in a bar. A local favorite and this is the place that our guides are constantly sending people to. Not a good option for children.

626 Main St.

Phone - 719.275.9946

Stuff to do...

Play Dirty ATV rentals and tours

"Play Dirty" ATV is about 30 miles west of here at a place called Texas Creek junction. There is not much else there, but that's what you want when you ride around on ATV's... open space! This is a great activity for the whole family. Minimum age is 16 to actually drive one. For info call - 1.877.288.2656
Online - PlayDirtyATVTours.com

Skyline Drive

Right behind our property, along the top of the hill, is a road called Skyline Drive. Also known locally as "Razor Ridge" - this is a great 20 minute drive from our place to town, where it leads you to North 5th Street on the other side. About 1.5 miles west on Hwy 50 from our office is the turnoff, very well marked, on the right. The road is paved all the way and is one-way. It goes up very quickly and dramatically until you are driving along the top with a steep drop off on both sides of this very narrow road. If you look closely as you start to reach the top there are dinosaur footprints in the rocks. This road is owned and maintained by the City of Canon City and it's free to take the drive. Skyline Drive was originally built by prison inmates in the 1920's.

Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek is an old mining town that is now filled with mainly gambling and drinking. Cripple Creek is one of three Colorado mountain towns where gambling was legalized in 1990. On a map, it appears to be much closer to here than it is, at least as far as drive time is concerned. The quickest way to get there is on "High Park Road", which is paved the entire way. Take Hwy 50 west from Canon City (or Adventure Outfitters) for about 8 miles to Hwy 9, and then turn right or north, which is the only option. Proceed about 9 miles to what is locally known as "High Park Road" - turn right. (At the big red barn) Proceed another roughly 20 miles and you will turn right again, so you are NOT going to Guffey. (At the big white church) Proceed yet another 5 miles (approximately) to a junction in the road where there is a little country store to your right, on the other side of the road. Again, take a right. Follow this road - Teller county road 1 - all the way to Cripple Creek. This drive takes about and hour and ten minutes.

Another, more scenic option... although the drive on High Park Road is awesome itself; is the "Phantom Canyon Road". First, do not attempt this if the weather is wet or otherwise inclement. Once you are off Hwy 50 this becomes, and stays, a dirt road for many miles. There are places where oncoming traffic or simply the road itself becomes difficult. There are curves and a couple tunnels where the speed limit is only 10 or 15 MPH.

I usually drive a Jeep when I take this road. You can get there in a regular 2-wheel drive vehicle as long as it has some ground clearance, but don't try it in an RV or a very low-slung vehicle... it can be a real 4-wheel drive experience if it were to rain (or snow!) while you're up there. To take this drive, follow these directions:

Roughly 5 miles east of Canon City on Hwy 50 is CO Hwy 67 and there is a stoplight there. Go left, so you're going north and proceed until the pavement ends. Keep going all the way to a town called Victor, where you will find the turnoff for Cripple Creek. The road becomes paved again from Victor to Cripple Creek.

There are many options for lodging, eating and drinking in Cripple Creek, but there isn't much else to do but gamble and drink while you're there. There are a couple of museums and a train ride that is fun, but otherwise, not much going on for kids. It is a very interesting and historic part of Colorado. This drive, although shorter as far as miles, takes at least two hours.