The Royal Gorge Region is a short drive from so many great Colorado towns, making Cañon City, Florence, and the rest of the region and great basecamp for big Colorado adventure. Book your stay in the Royal Gorge Region and plan one, or several, day trips to any one of these cool Colorado destinations.

Pueblo

Pueblo is a culturally and historically-rich Colorado city made famous by being one of the largest steel-producing cities in the U.S.

Built in 1881, Pueblo’s Colorado Fuel and Iron Steel Mill attracted a large number of immigrant laborers, resulting in Pueblo becoming the most ethnically and culturally diverse city in the West.

Come to Pueblo for exceptional dining and shopping, first-class facilities, a wonderful art scene, and recreational activities.

Salida

Salida, which means exit in Spanish, is actually an entrance to some of Colorado’s highest country. It’s surrounded by a dozen of the state’s 58 14ers — mountains that are more than 14,000 feet high.

With a charming downtown, a world-class arts district, great mountain biking, and a river that runs through it, Salida offers a little bit of everything.

In the winter, nearby Monarch Mountain boasts amazing snow and draws skiers from all over Colorado

Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is Colorado’s second largest city and offers everything you’d expect from a cosmopolitan town set against the foothills of the Rockies.

Here, you’ll find more than 55 area attractions, including trains, museums, parks, a zoo and more. Whether you’re looking for outdoor thrills or educational and cultural activities, things to do in Colorado Springs are limitless.

Westcliffe

Westcliffe sits in the gorgeous Wet Mountain Valley where untouched vistas fill every view. Here, dark skies rule, as the stars are brighter in this valley than almost anywhere. There’s even a free observatory in the town park, a perfect place to see the Milky Way.

Come for the stars but stay for the history and the outdoor recreation. Westcliffe offers miles of backcountry trails, easy access to the Crestones, and a short drive over Medano Pass that leads to the Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek is a historic gambling and mining town that’s one of the most dynamic and scenic tourist destinations in Colorado. The grandly restored Old West brick buildings surrounded by majestic mountains boast unique state-of-the-art casinos, great restaurants, and shops.

Come try your hand at poker, blackjack, roulette, craps, and slot machines with the highest casino paybacks in Colorado.