Royal Gorge Bridge & Park covers a massive 360-acres in Canon City Colorado. This popular tourist attraction is situated adjacent to the highest suspension bridge in the United States, Royal Gorge Bridge. The Arkansas River flows through the gorge and can be accessed via a trip on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.
The park is home to adrenaline-packed rides and some of the most breathtaking views of Colorado’s natural wonders. Royal Gorge Bridge was completed in 1929. Soon after an Incline Railway was built to take visitors to the bottom of the canyon. Unfortunately, the Incline was damaged by fire in 2013. There are still plenty of fun things to do and see in the park and it is well worth a visit.
Things to do in Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
The Visitor Center welcomes you with great views of the gorge and the bridge. Check out the souvenir shop for unique memorabilia of the area or catch a bite at Café 1230. If it is just views that you want to savor, then the center’s location at the edge of the north rim makes it the perfect place to sit back, relax and soak in the views of the gorge.
Walk across the Royal Gorge Bridge
This is one historic walk you should take. It’s a great idea to start your adventure on the country’s highest suspension bridge, where you’ll be standing at a cool 956 feet above ground level. Soak in the views of the gorge that surrounds you, and the Arkansas River below, all while you marvel at this incredible engineering feat.
Float across the gorge in an Aerial Gondola
This is something you shouldn’t miss when you visit the Royal Gorge. Get 360-degree views of Colorado’s stunning beauty from 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River. Be ready to be amazed, and keep your cameras ready to capture images like never before.
The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Aerial Gondola will take you on a 2,200 feet journey across the gorge, and each angle will showcase very unique views of the surrounding scenery, including the gorge, river, bridge, park and the mountain ranges that extend into the distance.
Zipline across Royal Gorge
Not for the faint-hearted! This is one experience that will get your heart pumping like nothing else in the world. America’s highest zip line experience will have you flying through the air, at a height of 1,200 feet above the mighty Arkansas River gushing below.
You’re in safe hands with state-of-the-art harnesses and braking systems where you can go hands-free on the most unforgettable ride of your life. You need to sign a waiver before embarking on the ride, and keep in mind that the ride will only be functional in good weather conditions.
Royal Rush Skycoaster
This is another ride that will get you adrenaline rushing. The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Rush Skycoaster will have you sweeping through the air at 50mph, in a free fall where you’ll be hanging 1,200 feet above the river below. This is truly the scariest sky coaster in the world, and this too is not for the fainthearted! The ride is weather dependent.
Photo Lookout Areas
Photography is very popular in the park, considering the amazing views you get to capture here. There are quite a few photo lookout areas at different points in the park from where you can capture some great pictures.
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is open year-round and is located in Canon City Colorado. The drive from Denver is about two-hours. May 1 through September 30 is the Peak Season. General admission tickets include access to the park, bridge, theater, unlimited Gondola rides. Park Website.