Canon City Adventures Conjure Up An Appetite

If you are considering Cañon City, Colorado as a vacation spot, then you need to plan some time to truly experience the magnificence of this gorge. From the spine-tingling experience of defying death on the bridge to taking a ride on the Royal Gorge Railroad, you can get a taste of the Old West and the true depth of this natural wonder throughout your visit to Cañon City.

If you are an outdoor adventure enthusiast, then this is one of the best places to visit in Colorado. Not only can you experience the thrill of standing on a bridge 1,000 feet over the canyon floor, but you can also spend the day whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River. The aerial tram and SkyCoaster are also available for those who love a thrill.

Royal Gorge Dining Car
The Royal Gorge Railroad offers a scenic view and a unique dining experience.

The Right Dining Experience Complements Your Cañon City Trip

While visiting Cañon City, you are going to need to eat. Instead of settling for fast food or the chain restaurant you are comfortable with, make your vacation more authentic by dining in one of these local favorites.

Royal Gorge Route Railroad

While the Royal Gorge Railroad is not really a restaurant, it is a dining option that you must consider. While traveling on the 24-mile journey through the canyon, you can dine on some of the finest food in Cañon City.

Add a murder mystery performance to the mix and you have a dining experience no one in your group will soon forget. These dining trips sell out early, so you will want to make your reservations as soon as you know your travel plans.

Cañon City Queen Anne Tea Room

Visit the Queen Anne Tea Room for afternoon tea where you can dine on chocolate dipped strawberries, teas, sandwiches, and many other finger foods. This location is housed in a carefully restored 1889 home, and tea is served on fine china with cloth napkins.

Bar at Merlinos' Belvedere
People come from across the state to dine at Merlinos’ Belvedere.

You can have your fill of fresh baked scones while you enjoy tea. Do not be fooled into thinking that this location is just for the ladies. Men will find plenty to enjoy as well.

Merlinos’ Belvedere

Merlinos’ Belvedere is considered one of the most distinctive restaurants in the state, not to mention the city. It serves hand-cut steaks and homemade pastas in addition to seafood.

People come from across Colorado to dine here, so you need to make it a priority if you are in the mood for fresh Italian food. The family-owned and operated restaurant has been serving delicacies in Cañon City since 1946.

If You Go

If you have made the decision to book Cañon City, Colorado travel, you will want to learn more about all of the things to do in this area. Visit for more information.

Royal Gorge Route Railroad
401 Water St.

Cañon City Queen Anne Tea Room
813 Macon Ave

Merlino’s Belvedere
12330 Elm Ave

Nicole Harms has been writing professionally since 2006, specializing in travel and finance writing, with work having been published on USA Today, the New York Stock Exchange and in addition to here on Go Colorado!

Header photo of the Royal Gorge Train by J.S. Clark.
Photo of the Royal Gorge Railroad dining car courtesy of Royal Gorge Route Railroad.
Special thanks to Merlinos’ Belvedere for providing photos of their restaurant!