River Country sounds like the title of a great movie, one with handsome leading men and strong independent leading ladies. Maybe that’s not too far from the truth. Canon City, the town southwest of Colorado Springs otherwise known as river country, creates the perfect backdrop for some epic scenes starring YOU! After all, you’re recording those future memories and writing your own script as you go. File this one under Action and Adventure!
Start the day off right
You want to get on the road early so you catch the morning rapids. Locals head for breakfast burritos on a day like today. Hit one of our many great local Mexican food drive throughs like Taco Express or La Casita. The breakfast burritos are super filling and wrapped up in an easy-to-eat-in-the-car style, perfect for a day on the go.
Echo Canyon River Expeditions
instant adventure, just add water
If you’ve been stuck inside too much this year, a day on the Arkansas river may be just what your soul needs right now. For over 40 years, Echo has been the premier outfitter in river fun. From gentle family floats perfect for the 4 and over crowd, to level 4 and 5 rapids (depending on water levels) there’s no better choice than Echo Canyon. Their guides have more training and more experience than any other outfitter on the river.
With half-day, full-day and even overnight excursions, you can raft until your heart’s content. And if that’s not enough, they also have a killer restaurant, the 8-Mile Bar and Grill, and lodging onsite. With both luxury glamping tents and “cabins” (cabins that are nicer than my house!) you might just want to make this place home base for a day or two. They like to say “your vibe attracts your tribe” and if this is your vibe, it’s likely you’ll make a few new friends while you’re there.
Echo’s guides are #1 in the biz. No one better with whom to trust the safety of your crew!
Check out the 8 Mile Bar and Grill right there at Echo Canyon River Expeditions. With lots of great fresh lunch options and cold Colorado-crafted beers, there’s no place better after a morning on the river.
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
Gorge is short for gorgeous!
There are places in Colorado where Mother Nature is seriously just showing off. The Royal Gorge is at the very top of that list. It’s absolutely breathtaking.
Then in the 1920’s some crazy guy decided to build a bridge across this magnificent gorge some 955 feet from the canyon floor. This amazing feat held the record as the highest bridge in the world until 2001, now only the highest bridge in the country (thanks a lot China.) Now it’s really cool to stand on the countries tallest bridge for its own sake, but that bridge happens to give you the perfect vantage point of the gorge.
There are also a number of other man-made ways to enjoy the gorge. There’s a zip line across the gorge, a sky coaster that swings you out over the edge, a gondola that will take you across and a via ferrata you can climb along the canyon walls. Royal Gorge Bridge and Park has so much going on, they say they’ll give your soul some elbow room.
If you’re looking for some wide open spaces, this is the place for you!
Dinner and a view
There’s no reason not to dine gorge-side when you’re in river country. Royal Gorge Bridge has two great restaurants, the Cafe 1230 is near the front entrance and offers pizza, burgers and salads. On the farside of the gorge, enjoy some of the best barbeque in the west at the Bridge View BBQ.