The Royal Gorge, located in Colorado, is a popular destination year round. And while it’s stunning enough that it warrants a visit on it’s own merits, there’s plenty to do and see around the Royal Gorge, so you’ll want to ensure you have a few extra days for exploring. From the main attraction: the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, the Winery at the Holy Cross Abbey, through to the Museum of Colorado Prisons, there’s plenty of fun things to do and see nearby. If you’re headed to the Royal Gorge, be sure to make a list of these wonderful attractions that will sure to delight the whole family.
Royal Gorge rafting
No visit to the Royal Gorge would be complete, in my opinion, with a bit of Royal Gorge rafting. The reason for rafting is from April to September, though if you’re worried about the cold water you’d be best to visit in the peak of summer. Often you can get a package deal of royal gorge rafting that also includes some ziplining. This is a great attraction idea for adventurous families who want to create special memories together by pushing their limits.
The Winery at Hot Cross Abbey
This is a beautiful setting and it boosts a wonderful range of 12 wines for only a $8 tasting fee. If you’re a wine lover, you’re going to want to ensure you have some space in your baggage to at least take a few bottles home with you. I suggest planning a lazy afternoon there enjoying the beautiful grounds, and be sure to try the cheese platter.
Museum of Colorado Prisons
Located right next to an actual functioning prison, the Museum of Colorado Prisons is a small little place to visit that packs a lot of history. You can read some of the histories of inmates, visit an old gas chamber, and also even book yourself in for an overnight paranormal experience if you’re brave enough.
Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience
If you’re traveling with kids, or just those young and curious at heart, then the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience isn’t something you want to miss. The highlight for many is the ropes area, which is accessible for an additional fee. But if that’s not for you, you’ll be entertained by the number of giant dinosaurs moving and making noises along the trail. Inside the museum there’s a number of complete dinosaur fossils, allowing you to marvel at their size.
There’s so much to do and see around the Royal Gorge, I hope these tips help you plan a fun, adventure packed trip there.