The next day I woke up in Canon City, Colorado to take a ride on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.

I found this information on their website:

Climb aboard Colorado's most scenic train for a journey through the spectacular Royal Gorge. Since 1879, these tracks have followed the winding, tumbling Arkansas River deep within the soaring, 1,000-foot granite cliffs of Colorado's Royal Gorge. The Royal Gorge Route is a quality, Colorado attraction - no thrill rides or cotton candy, just a focus on outstanding service, delicious food, and unique classes of service.

   
   
Looking forward towards the engine, you can see the blue cars with the Vista Dome on the top.  I selected the Vista Dome so I can easily see the countryside and enjoy a good lunch-time meal.

   
   
Looking toward the back of the train, you can see the coach service cars and the open-air car.
 

   
   
 The Santa Fe Depot off of Water Street faces the train.
 

     
     
Inside one of the Vista Dome Cars.

     
     
I enjoyed the entire table to myself.  This became convenient when we changed  the direction of travel.
 

     
     
 After entering the gorge, you can see spectacular views.
 

     
     
The Arkansas River runs through the Royal Gorge.

 
 
Sorry about the reflections in the window.  It was a bright day outside.

 
 
In the picture to the right, you can see the Royal Gorge Bridge which is 956 feet above the Arkansas River.
     
     
Directly under the bridge, you can make out the planks in the road.
 

     
     
At one time long ago, water was carried through wooden pipes that worked its way through the mountainside back to town.
 
     
     
 

     
     
Rafting and other water sports can be found on the Arkansas River.

     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 

     
     
 
     
     
A raft staging area.

     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     
Standing outside on the open-air railcar provided a better opportunity for clearer pictures.

     
     
Looking back...

     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     
On the return trip, looking up at the Royal Gorge Bridge

     
     
 

     
     
 
     
     
 

     
     
Remnants of the wooden water pipe

     
     
Rafters that abandoned their raft

     
     
Beautiful day for a swim

 

     
     
 

 

     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
When returning to the parking lot, I heard some noise and investigated.  I found many people enjoying the day in and around the river.
     

     
For dinner, I stopped in Pagosa Springs and strolled around the area.  I was surprised to see people again having fun in the San Juan River.  It looked like an interesting place to visit.

     
     

 

     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     




 

     
     
The pools at the resort spill over into the river.

     
     
Downstream from the swimmers, were the fishermen.

     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     
 

Links

  Royal Gorge Route Railroad  
  Royal Gorge Bridge & Park  
  Area Attractions  
     
 

Three video reviews are available

     
     

Royal Gorge Railroad Trip

 
     
     

Canon City - River Swim

 

   
   

Pagosa Springs River Walk

 

   
   

 

 

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