Pack your bags for a first-class Colorado glamping and liberally mix in outdoor adventures with luxury accommodations at the Royal Gorge Cabins and Glamping Tents, just one hour from Colorado Springs in Canon City. Forget about what you’ve read about glamping — these cabins and yurts aren’t your mama’s roughing-it-type-of-camping.
I know I brag (and write) on Colorado often, but there are so many corners of this state that I haven’t really explored — and you should too! I want to share the possible experiences and variety of accommodations, including my recent discovery of Royal Gorge Cabin and Glamping Tents in Canon City, when I brought my 4-year-old granddaughter along for the adventure.
Located just two hours from Denver and one hour from Colorado Springs, Canon City may not be on your vacation radar yet, but this little Colorado mountain town packs a whole lot of adventure into its borders. Activities in this area include the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, home to America’s highest suspension bridge and zip line, Echo Canyon whitewater rafting, Royal Gorge Route Railroad, wine tasting at Holy Cross Abbey Winery, and dinosaur trekking, Canon City has something for everyone.
And THE place to unpack your bags is just outside of downtown Canon City at the Royal Gorge Cabins and Glamping Tents.
Check-in for both Royal Gorge Cabins and Glamping Tents
Check into Echo Canyon’s Royal Gorge Cabins on US Highway 50. The reception desk for both the cabins and yurts is in a separate building facing the highway, across from 8 Mile Bar & Grill. The staff at the front desk is super accommodating (tell Amanda hi from us!) and will have you checked in and into your cabin or glamping tents in a short time.
Also here is a sitting area featuring local maps and brochures. Be sure to ask the reception staff for recommendations too.
Royal Gorge Cabins
For families, the Royal Gorge Cabins is the perfect alternative to a traditional hotel. These nine luxury cabins feature incredible mountain views and are really framed around the outdoors — including a hammock just steps from your cabin. Choose from single king cabins with one bedroom and sofa sleeper (sleeps 2 adults, 2 children) or double king cabins with 2 bedrooms (king beds) + queen sofa sleeper to accommodate the entire family (4 adults 2 children).
Families will love the full kitchenette, living room with gas fireplace, bathroom, TVs, FREE WiFi and private patios. The cabins offer plenty of opportunities to step outside and enjoy the Colorado mountain air, but it’s also the perfect place to bring the family together inside, play games, or just hang out.
Royal Gorge Cabin Rates start at $170.
It’s a tent. No it’s a cabin. Or is it a yurt? Be ready to be surprised as the Glamping Tents are luxury surrounded by a canvas wall. These tents are not cramped at 14 feet x 16 feet.
You’ll not want for anything — and no, you won’t be rolling out your sleeping bag. Call it a night and climb into the uber-comfortable queen sized bed. Relax on the sofa — and yes, there is electricity and FREE WiFi.
For me, this is the perfect in-between for non-campers, as there’s no need to sleep on the uncomfortable hard ground. Each glamping site also includes private decks, outdoor patio furniture, picnic table — and even your own fire ring.
Okay, there is no running water in the cabins, but steps away is access to 24-hour shower and bath house.
Where to Eat?
Directly across the highway is the 8 Mile Bar & Grill, and the food is delish! Open for lunch and dinner, there is outdoor and indoor seating. My picky-eater granddaughter loved the quesadilla from the kids’ menu, while I was a fan of the juicy hamburger and local beer.
Downtown Canon City also offers great eats. Our favorite was Pizza Madness, perfectly crunchy crust, fresh toppings, and the granddaughter loved playing the video games.