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Wondering How to Find the Best Royal Gorge Attractions?

When you visit an area like the Royal Gorge that has so many activities and attractions to choose from, you may wonder how to filter out the best things to do. The answer is to ask a local, of course! Where do the locals go, and where they do take their friends and family when they come into town? Our phone staff is a group of locals:  when they aren’t assisting you, they’re out there exploring the Royal Gorge attractions. And we’re happy to share all of that local knowledge with you. Now you’ve got a friend in the area – let the Royal Gorge Cabins staff be your source for all the best insider info to an awesome Colorado vacation with the best Royal Gorge activities!


Must-do Royal Gorge Attractions


Hike or Bike the Canyon Rim Trail

Just 5 miles from your cabin door! Last year the Canyon Rim Trail along the rim of the Royal Gorge was created and opened to the public – but most people don’t know about this amazing new trail system and Royal Gorge attraction. The trail winds through a piñon pine and juniper forest with regular views of the Royal Gorge, Wet Mountains, and Sangre de Cristo range to the south. To the north you’ll catch views of Pikes Peak and yet more mountains. Follow the entire 5 mile trail, or make it a short scenic hike – you choose. And you won’t have to go far to be rewarded with incredible views. Of all of the Royal Gorge activities available, you’ve got to include this one in your itinerary!


A Unique Royal Gorge Attraction – Try Visiting Bishop Castle

Located about 1.5 hours south and east of our cabins, and in the heart of a lush high mountain pine forest, is an impressive and bizarre castle 160 feet tall (and growing!) made of stone, mortar and iron. It was all built by Jim Bishop over the last 40+ years and counting; and includes a spiral staircase winding one up one of the turrets, bridges, stained glass, and even a fire-breathing dragon. The donation-based attraction often finds Mr. Bishop himself working on the growing castle. While it’s tough to classify this as one of our Royal Gorge attractions, it’s so unique and with a gorgeous scenic drive – and it’s where we always take our families when they visit, so we think you’ll enjoy it, too!

Plan Your Royal Gorge Activities

Whether you’re planning on staying in the Royal Gorge and Pikes Peak area for several days or for a week, we’ve got some pre-planned itineraries to take the guess work out of your Royal Gorge activities plans.

Day 1 – Minimum driving / Maximum fun

  • Morning Half Day Royal Gorge raft trip
  • Lunch on your cabin patio
  • Hike Canyon Rim Trail near Royal Gorge
  • Visit Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
  • Dinner and drinks on patio of 8 Mile Bar & Grill

Day 2 – Leisurely Scenic Drive with Activities

  • Morning scenic drive to Cripple Creek
  • Tour Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
  • Visit Cripple Creek Heritage and Info Center
  • Lunch at one of numerous restaurants in town
  • Take in one more museum: there are lots to choose from!
  • Head back to cabin via Phantom Canyon Road scenic byway

Day 3 – Colorado Springs day of activities

  • Early morning bike tour down Pikes Peak
  • Lunch in Old Colorado City
  • Zipline Tour in Manitou Springs
  • Visit Garden of the Gods
  • Dinner in Colorado Springs or at 8 Mile Bar & Grill

Day 4 – Keep it local – Make it easy

  • Coffee at Bean Peddler in Canon City
  • Visit antique shops of Florence, CO
  • Lunch at Aspen Leaf Bakery in Florence
  • Visit Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience Museum
  • Check out Gold Mine Rock Shop across the road
  • Dinner at 8 Mile Bar & Grill

Stay in Our Cabins and Enjoy the Local Royal Gorge Attractions

You’ll find an abundance of Royal Gorge activities near our cabins. Searching out and finding the hidden gems of where the locals go is part of the fun for some visitors, but many of us simply don’t have time for that level of planning. Allow us to be your local friend, to give you the inside scoop for visiting the best Royal Gorge attractions. We’ll save you time and help you plan an incredible vacation!