Summer Activities

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Activities To Enjoy During Your Summer Stay

With our diverse mountain/high desert landscape comes numerous outdoor activities to enjoy during your stay.

Hiking

There are thousands of square miles of public land and wilderness for all types of hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking.  There are fishing trails up and down the river and you can follow the deer and bighorn sheep trails, or bushwhack to your heart’s content.  If you prefer federally designated and maintained facilities, you can reach a Rainbow Trailhead, and then go for a little 125-mile jaunt.  Side trails abound, taking you to waterfalls, lakes, elk meadows, and above-timberline views in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Range.

Rafting/Kayaking

The Arkansas River is one of the most rafted whitewater rivers in the world. The River’s popularity springs from the number, size and technical nature of its rapids, the length of season, length of river available for rafting, and the unsurpassed beauty. Outfitters say the Arkansas offers more excitement per mile than any other river in the west. From gentle stretches, on up to Class Five rapids, and the awesome Royal Gorge, there is something for everyone, families and thrill-seekers alike.  We are close to all the major rafting companies on the Arkansas River.

Fishing

Professional fly-fishing people tell us we have one of the best stretches of the Arkansas River.  Each spring, there is a hosted  annual Royal Gorge Anglers fly-fishing school. From mid-April through mid-May, an amazing caddis hatch produces incredible dry-fly action. The hatch itself is a natural phenomenon, drawing people from the world over to witness. It is one of the most intense hatches in North America.

Brown and Rainbow Trout predominate, ranging from small fish, up to 22 inches long and maybe longer! You can catch-and-keep fish for miles up and down the river. There are catch-and-release, artificial waters nearby. Licenses are required for people 16 years of age and older. Check with the Colorado State Division of Wildlife for specific rules and regulations.

Wildlife

Make sure you look for the Big Horn Sheep as you drive up or down the river, watch/listen to the males crack their heads together during the rut is a memorable experience.

The deer come down to the river to drink in the evening, and early risers often see them.  The coyotes have been known to sing at night, and you may see fox, ringtail cat, bobcat, mountain lion, black bear, red racers,  bald eagles, ravens, red tail hawks, ducks, geese, and countless other birds and animals.

Geology

Many university classes come to this area because the geology is laid bare in the canyon for all to see. From the heights of Leadville, down to Canon City, billions of years are exposed in the canyon walls. We are part of this adventure and many old mines and ghost towns mark our history.

Gold Tom once owned this place, at least until he was shot and killed in Cotopaxi. They never found his poke, so we keep looking. Bring your pan, and on a hot summer afternoon, walk to the river, put your feet in the water and maybe you will find some gold. If you don’t know how, just borrow our ‘how to video’ and you will be ready in 30 minutes.

If dinosaurs are more your speed, there is a museum in Canon City with local finds and directions to the nearby fossil beds.

ATVs

The Texas Creek National Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area, and nearby BLM and U.S. Forest Service public land, opens hundreds of miles of trails to those who want to explore the backcountry with an ATV or jeep