HOW TO GET TO THE ROYAL GORGE
Where is Colorado’s Royal Gorge?
The Royal Gorge Region is just 2 hours south of Denver and 45 minutes southwest of Colorado Springs. Home to a number of world-class activities and attractions, including the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, the Royal Bridge & Park, and the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, it is one of Colorado’s top destinations for travelers from around the world.
The rushing Arkansas River cuts through the 1,200-foot Royal Gorge, making for stunning views you’ll find no where else in the world. Thanks to three million years of mother nature’s handiwork, this beautifully carved sheer rock-wall canyon is as deep as the Eiffel Tower is tall.
The Royal Gorge is known as the banana belt of Colorado, so it’s no surprise that farming, ranching and grape-growing thrive here, as well as year-round recreation and all-around Rocky Mountain adventuring. Colorado’s best white water rafting, hiking, biking, climbing and camping are on offer virtually all year in our Rocky Mountain town.
Where is the Royal Gorge Route Railroad located?
The Historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad is located in west Cañon City at the Santa Fe Depot. Take Royal Gorge Blvd. (HWY 50) to the west end of town and turn south on 3rd. Street.
The Royal Gorge Route Railroad is located one block south of Highway 50 & 3rd Street. Turn south at the traffic light at 3rd Street, cross the tracks and turn left towards the Santa Fe Depot. There is free parking by the Depot. Print the map below to get to the Royal Gorge boarding area.
The Royal Gorge Bridge is just 12 miles from the Royal Gorge Route, and the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey is less than three miles east.
Directions to Colorado’s Royal Gorge
Driving from Denver to the Royal Gorge:
The trip will take approximately two hours depending on traffic. Take Interstate 25 south to Exit 135 – South Academy Blvd. Turn right (west) and take South Academy for approximately 2 miles. Take a left on the ramp to CO Highway 115 South. Continue to follow CO-115 South for approximately 43-miles to Hwy 50. Merge onto US-50 westbound (at this point, you are approximately 11 miles from the Depot). Follow Highway 50 all the way through Cañon City to 3rd Street. Turn South on 3rd Street (at the traffic light) and this will bring you to the Santa Fe Depot.
Driving from Colorado Springs to the Royal Gorge:
The trip will take approximately one hour depending on traffic. Take CO-115 South for approximately 43-miles to Hwy 50. Merge onto US-50 westbound (at this point, you are approximately 11 miles from the Depot). Follow Highway 50 all the way through Cañon City to 3rd Street. Turn South on 3rd Street (at the traffic light) and this will bring you to the Santa Fe Depot.
Driving From Salida to the Royal Gorge:
Follow Highway 50 East to Cañon City. From Pueblo, follow Highway 50 West to Cañon City.
Approximate Mileage From Cañon City & the Royal Gorge Region:
Colorado Springs-45 miles
Ft. Collins-177 miles
La Junta-102 miles
Steamboat Springs-200 miles
Dining on the rails We had a club car experience and it was wonderful! Our seats were on the south side of the train and it had an incredible view for the duration of... read more - EliLap24 - 6/25/2020
Great time. Very fun! Inside car gets a little chilly so bring a light sweater. Friendly staff made us feel so comfortable. Train ride awesome and view was great!! Female conductor was... read more - debdanjo3 - 6/23/2020
Great Experience This a must do in Colorado springs. We went to the Royal Gorge bridge prior to riding the train and it really made a difference. The river is spectacular... read more - RobertD4137 - 6/22/2020
Fun day trip This was my first time on a passenger train and it didn’t disappoint. We sat in the Vista Dome and the views were amazing. It was nice to... read more - herowannabe - 6/20/2020
Great views and service, food just ok Took the dome car with our family of five, all sat together, it was very comfortable, but if it’s a nice day I would’ve gone coach and spent the ride... read more - RTMamacita - 6/14/2020
Hop aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad and experience a one-of-a-kind adventure through the Royal Gorge and Colorado Rockies. Departing daily from the Santa Fe Depot in Canon City.