Florence, Colorado Arts and Antiques
Contact: Florence Chamber of Commerce
Florence’s easily accessible downtown becomes a pedestrian mall of sorts with 20 antique shops, 5 art galleries, lounges, restaurants, coffee shops and other fine stores within a short walking distance. For more information on arts, antiques and local shopping, visit the Florence Chamber of Commerce.
Royal Gorge Route Train
Welcome aboard the Historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad, considered to be one of the most scenic train rides in the world. The train takes you on a 24-mile journey through the 1,000 foot deep Royal Gorge, alongside the raging Arkansas River, where you’ll have the opportunity to observe Bald Eagles, Blue Heron, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, and flora, native to the Royal Gorge. We’ve combined a Colorado nature show with classes of service and comfort ranging from Coach to glass topped Vista Domes, Wine Express, Gourmet Lunch, Four course Dinner, Murder Mystery and Wine Dinner Trains.
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
“Awe” doesn’t begin to describe what you’ll feel when walking or driving across the Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in the world and an unforgettable quarter-mile journey through the clouds. Or what you’ll experience in the expanded Royal Gorge Park, a unique combination of natural adrenaline, human achievement and scenic beauty that must be experienced to be believed.
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours will guide you along a thrilling and exhilarating adventure that races across the Royal Gorge plateau or near the Arkansas River where you will have classic Colorado views of the adjacent 14 thousand foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range and the surrounding area. Along the tour you will be able to take advantage of easy paced hiking trails where your guides will teach you about the areas local history and terrain. A few of the trails takes you along Colorado’s historic Stage Coach road, a place where the settlers long ago forged their way through Colorado’s untamed and Wild Western landscape.
World-Class Whitewater Rafting
Nearby Canon City, Colorado offers many whitewater rafting adventure companies including Royal Gorge Rafting. Visit the Guide to the Royal Gorge Region or the Canon City Chamber of Commerce for more information.
World-Class Fly Fishing
The Arkansas River in Southern Colorado provides the best fly fishing opportunities in the Southern Rockies. The Arkansas has more and better public access than most trout streams. If you like fly fishing for wild Brown Trout in a scenic environment among Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep and Eagles, then you will love the Arkansas River.
Royal Gorge Anglers offer guide services that include leisurely floats through meadows and scenic canyons to a wild fly fishing adventure through the Royal Gorge.
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
When staying at the lovely Florence Rose B&B, you can arrange to have your favorite wines waiting for you upon arrival. Click on the logo to order and simply enter Florence Rose in the delivery address section. You will not be charged for delivery, and your favorite Abbey wines will be at the B & B when you check in. If you would like something chilled in advance, please indicate in “special message” section.
A major landmark and attraction on the grounds of the historic Abbey in Royal Gorge and Rafting Country, the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey is open daily. Courteous and knowledgeable hostesses will educate you in the tastings of award winning wines. The tasting room also has a vast array of wine accessories, books and gourmet food items. There is a beautiful park area for picnicking, and ample parking for buses and RV’s.
At Colorado Jeep Tours they provide high quality, scenic, and informative jeep tours. Every one of their tours offers a variety of information ranging from history of the area to geology. Each of their tours will cover western history which may include mining, local Indian folklore, prospecting and early settlers, and Jurassic history of the area and the geological formations that are found in the Cañon City area. Their tours offer a fun and interesting way to learn about Colorado.
Have an ATV Adventure in nearby Texas Creek with Play Dirty ATV Tours.
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Lizard Head Cycling Guides takes clients of all levels on the bike tours of their dreams. Whether you’re a weekend cyclist who wants to see fall foliage or a more advanced athlete who is eager to scale mountain ranges, they’ll create a vacation experience you’ll talk about for years.