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Visit the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park on your Colorado family vacation
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
4218 County Road 3a,
Canon City, Colorado 81212
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Raft under the Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City, Colorado
Join the 310,000 annual visitors to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in making it Colorado’s most popular tourist attraction. One admission price covers 21 rides, shows and attractions – this includes going across North America’s highest suspension bridge, riding one of the world’s highest single-span trams, and going to the bottom of the Royal Gorge on one of the world’s steepest incline railways. Also experience the Royal Rush Sky Coaster, Trail Rides and Jeep Tours, which are available for additional admissions within the park. Other popular activities found in the Royal Gorge Region of Colorado include white water rafting the Royal Gorge and other stretches of the Arkansas River, taking an excursion train through the gorge with the Royal Gorge Route Rail Road and flying through the depths of the gorge on a helicopter tour. Call today to find your Colorado experience at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Cañon City, Colorado.
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A brief history of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
The Royal Gorge of the Arkansas River has been a popular attraction in Colorado dating back to the late 1870’s. The first tourist train passed through the canyon on May 7, 1879 after many years of court battles – known as the Railroad Wars – between the Denver & Rio Grande and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroads. In 1929 Cañon City authorized the construction of the Royal Gorge Bridge, which held the distinction of highest suspension bridge in the world until 2003. Today, the bridge is the centerpiece of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park where you can experience everything Colorado has to offer in one place.
Quick Facts about the Royal Gorge Bridge
The Royal Gorge Bridge was constructed in 1929 by the Royal Gorge Amusement Company at a cost of $350,000 (today it would cost more than $18 million).
The Royal Gorge Bridge is 18 feet wide and 1,260 feet long, and 956 feet high (long reported as 1,053 feet)
The Royal Gorge Bridge held the record as world’s highest suspension bridge from 1929 until 2003 when it was surpassed by the Beipanjiang River Bridge in China.
The floor of the Royal Gorge Bridge is made from 1,000 tons of steel and 1,300 wood planks.
The Royal Gorge Bridge is suspended by two 200-ton cables (each cable has 2100 strands of number nine galvanized wire).
Group accommodations and special rates at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park offers group accommodations and special rates for groups of 15 or more – so if you have a corporate retreat, educational event, wedding or reunion – be sure to contact the park’s group sales team for friendly service and custom packages. Your group is sure to love the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park as they can get the full Colorado experience in one place with rugged camping, nature hikes, white water rafting, amusement rides, live entertainment and much more.
Bighorn Mountain Lodge at the Royal Gorge – Nothing short of spectacular
In addition to the numerous hotels in Cañon City and primitive campsites scattered throughout the Royal Gorge area, visitors can stay at the rustically luxurious Bighorn Mountaintop Lodge on the north rim of the Royal Gorge. This unique lodge is just a short walk from the park’s main gates and the rates are actually affordable. The Lodge features three bedrooms, a modern kitchen and a large great room.
Things to do at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park offers many family friendly rides, shows and attractions, but the fun goes way beyond the park boundaries. From white water rafting trips and train rides through the Royal Gorge to jeep tours and nature hikes on its rim – you are sure to find plenty of things to do in the Royal Gorge Region of Colorado.
Rides and attractions at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Royal Gorge Bridge
Royal Rush Sky Coaster (additional fee)
Burro Rides (additional fee)
Jeep Tours (additional fee)
Mountain Man Encampment
View of Arkansas River from the Royal Gorge Bridge
View of the Royal Gorge Bridge from Below
Wapiti Western Wildlife Refuge
Shows and events at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Shopping at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Dining at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Places to Eat at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park