Red rock formations, Indian petroglyphs, a stone arch, and dinosaur footprints!
The Red Canyon tour meanders through towering red spires and monoliths sculpted by the erosion of the Fountain Formation, a layer of sedimentary rock (made famous by the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs), that runs along the Rocky Mountain front range up into Wyoming. On the Red Canyon tour, you’ll visit the Garden Park Fossil Area of Canon City, famous for the excavation of many complete dinosaur skeletons, such as the Stegosaurus on display at the Smithsonian and a Brontosaurus on display at Wagner Free Institute of Philadelphia. Garden Park is also the site of the late 1870’s “Bone Wars.”
Cost: $119 Adult, $99 Under 12
Length: Approximately 3 hours
Departure: Daily 8:30am, 1:00pm and 5:00pm from 5/26/23-8/25/23 Check-In: 30 minutes prior to tour
Elevation: 5,300 feet to 6,700 feet
Availability: 365 days/year
Ages: All ages are welcome. If a child requires a booster seat, customer must bring one
Dogs Allowed: Yes. Restrictions & fees apply. See the FAQs or contact us for details.
Minimum Required: 2 People
The 4×4 trail climbs from the desert valley floor, through groves of junipers and cedars, with picturesque views at every turn. A very short hike allows you to stretch your legs and get a view through Overlook Arch spanning high above Shaw Park. Then back to the jeep to study dinosaur tracks, Indian petroglyphs and more awe-inspiring views. It is not uncommon to see wildlife such as mule deer, turkeys and an occasional bear throughout the tour.
(P.S. If you love dinosaurs, and want to learn more about the history of Canon City and the Royal Gorge, don’t forget to stop by theRoyal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center before or after your jeep tour. Admission is free!)