Being a college student, training and working at WAO was a perfect experience. There is no better way to spend your Summer than getting lots of sun, meeting great people (both your co-workers and customers), and spending your time on the river. WAO, in particular, is a great company to work for because of the experience and expertise of the senior guides.

Douglas "Dougie" Bolton

WAO Guide since 2001

I took my friends and family rafting for my college graduation. We had the best time! My mother was very nervous about her first raft trip, yet the guides and staff at WAO were very professional and made her feel very safe. Lunch was phenomenal ! Thanks WAO, I will never raft with another company.

Neil Ogden

Denver, CO

Other Fun Things to Do in the Royal Gorge Area


Royal Gorge Bridge & Park 

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado is the most visited theme park and wildlife park in the Pikes Peak Region. This historical landmark features scenic beauty and natural attractions as well as the world's highest Suspension Bridge, world's longest single-span Aerial Tram, world's steepest Incline Railway and the newest thrill ride, the world's highest Skycoaster®. This has been one of the most popular attractions in the Canon City & Pikes Peak Area for decades!

Information – 888 333 5597

Online at www.RoyalGorgeBridge.com


Royal Gorge Route Railway

Established in 1879 - The Royal Gorge Route Railroad combines Colorado history, spectacular scenery, and unique dining options on a leisurely 24-mile journey through the breathtaking Royal Gorge. With a choice of five classes of service, the train offers an unforgettable Colorado experience in every price range. The Royal Gorge scenic train has been called the “Most arresting scenic train in all of railroading”. Information – 888 724 5748

Online at www.royalgorgeroute.com


Royal Gorge Helicopter tours

Fly through the Royal Gorge in a jet-helicopter. This is a wild adventure and not for the timid! Seats up to 7 passengers and is also available for Charter. Fly to Cripple Creek for the day or overnight.

Information – 719 276 9038

Online at www.RoyalGorgeHelitours.org


Holy Cross Abbey & Winery

Canon City’s own vineyard! The Holy Cross Abbey was once a functional monastery complete with real Monks. This is also the former site of the old “Boys Boarding School”. The Abbey is rich in history and is a great lodging option for church groups, scout troops and school groups. Several lodging options and meal plans.

Information – 877 422 9463



“Play Dirty” ATV tours

Located near the town of Texas Creek, Colorado. Compliment your White water rafting trip with a day of out back style ATV riding. Cruise the Rockies on a rental machine for the day or part of a day. This activity has grown exponentially in Colorado over the past few years. Access parts of the area you could never get to on your own or in most vehicles. Kids love this activity!

Information – 1 877 ATV COLO (288 2656)

Online at www.playdirtyatvtours.com




Royal Gorge History Museum

Lcated in Canon City at the corner of 6th & Royal Gorge Blvd.

Offers both exhibits and research materials that portray and interpret the history of the region and its people. Located in the former municipal building, built in 1927. The Local History Center has been moved to the facility. Be sure to see "Turn up the Volume: the History of the Phonograph" one of the largest phonograph and Victrola exhibits anywhere.

Information – 800 987 6379



Colorado Prison Museum

Located in Canon City next to the Territorial Prison…the first prison ever built in Colorado. Situated in a former women's prison operated by the State of Colorado. Exhibits include the last gas chamber and the hangman's noose. Information – 719 269 3015 Online at www.prisonmuseum.org