Whether you’re seeking a dripping-with-luxury cabin or glamping experience, this destination and professional outfitter has it all. Its private one- and two-bedroom cabin residences spoil guests with well-appointed accommodations, towering picture windows and phenomenal peak-peppered scenery. Or, spend the night gazing at glittering stars from the comfort of your luxe glamping tent complete with hardwood floors and antler chandeliers. Sip coffee on your private patio in the morning, play in the surrounding mountains all afternoon, then gather around your firepit at night to relive the day’s exploits. Feeling hungry or thirsty? Just walk across the street to 8 Mile Bar & Grill for great grub and craft beers on tap.
What makes it special?
Location, location, location! Not only can you soak up breathtaking panoramic views from your private patio, but you’re also just minutes away from unlimited outdoor adventure in one of Colorado’s most popular attractions — The Royal Gorge. Whether you want to do it all or get away from it all, this is the place.
The most “Colorado” thing about this place
How about the outdoor concierge ready to plan your hiking, biking, rafting, ziplining, climbing or horseback-riding adventure? They’re pretty obsessed with the recreational wonderland they call “home” and love to share it with their guests.
Most striking feature
Private cabins here are a far cry from what you might imagine — they’re really more like smallish, modern luxury homes built with high-end finishes and lots of embellishments. Rustic wood fireplace mantels feature original planks from the historic Royal Gorge Bridge and coat racks with hooks made from repurposed rail spikes dating back to the 1800s, found along the Royal Gorge Route.
Each of the resort’s glamping tents boast an outdoor firepit, grill and campfire kit so you can make delicious meals with the fam or just cozy up for ghost stories and steaming hot chocolate.
Quirkiest thing to expect
River Gorge’s glamping options are anything but rustic. Built on redwood decks, these “tents” include comfortable beds and linens, lamps, love seats, desks and outdoor porches with chairs and tables. They’re perfect for folks who only like to rough it a little bit.
Best room to book
If you’re traveling with a group, especially with kids, the uber-spacious Double King Cabins feature plenty of sleeping room, an extra half-bath, three flat-screen TVs, fully equipped kitchenettes and separate outdoor dining spaces. You can host some delicious family dinners followed by a game night with all this space.
Frequently topping lists of the most exciting, highest and best ziplines in the country, Adventures Out West (based in Colorado Springs) will provide a rush like no other. Their natural-terrain course in Manitou Springs uses rock cliffs and the steep wooded forest to take you to a height of more than 6,500 feet as you fly through the air! Ask Royal Gorge Cabins’ concierge for help booking this wild ride.
Our favorite traveler review
“The Royal Gorge Cabins at Echo Canyon River Expeditions are phenomenal … very contemporary and have huge windows that look out toward some beautiful mountain views. They are totally spotless inside and the king-size bed is extremely comfortable. The bathroom has a huge shower and a nice towel selection. Be sure to go over to 8 Mile restaurant across the road and enjoy the rustic but contemporary bar and restaurant, with some great views from a large patio.” — kansascity000, Tripadvisor
Things to see and do nearby
Plenty of adventure awaits in Cañon City and the surrounding Royal Gorge and Pikes Peak region. Choose from mild family floats to wild whitewater adventures, fish the Arkansas River, zipline through the plunging gorge or try your hand on a wild ropes course. Hop on the historic railroad, take a Jeep tour, mountain bike along the Royal Gorge rim, or visit popular Pikes Peak or Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. When you’re ready to slow down, enjoy a wine tasting plus plenty of shops and restaurants within driving distance.
Photos courtesy of Royal Gorge Cabins