Month: June 2015

Celebrate 4th of July at the Royal Gorge Bridge

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is decked out in red, white, and blue to celebrate Independence Day, July 3-6, with special entertainment for a fun four-day weekend, said Mike Bandera, Vice-President and General Manager.

This will be the first Fourth of July the park is able to offer a fully-open park since the Royal Gorge Fire of 2013. “Adventure, good food, and awesome scenery is a good way to celebrate this summer holiday,” said Bandera.

The Geezers will be playing every day from 12:30 to 4:30 on the Entertainment Stage right next to Bridge View BBQ featuring sodas, suds, and barbecue. Zany Paint face painters will be at the newly-opened Children’s Playland, 12:30 to 4:30, free for kids.

The new Giant Children’s Playland for kids ages 5-12 is the newest attraction to open in the park, said Bandera. The Playland features a two-story climbing structure, with nets, slides, and bridges, and sits next to the Carousel (for kids of all ages!), a Maze, Splash Pad water feature, and the Wax Hand shop.

General Admission includes the brand new Aerial Tramway, special shows at the Plaza Theater, the Magic of Christian Augustine, and the April Vollm Show, featuring acrobatics and silks, North America’s Highest Suspension Bridge and several other features. Two thrill rides, the highest zip line in America, the Royal Gorge Cloudscraper by Zip Rider fly’s guests across the Royal Gorge, 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River, and the World’s Scariest Skycoaster, the Royal Rush, sitting on the edge of the Royal Gorge are available as extra pay attractions with admission.

Café 1230 with a deck hanging 1,230 feet over the Royal Gorge has lunch, snacks, beverages, a full service bar, and dinner served from 5-7 pm.

Admission for adults is $23, Seniors, 60+, $21, and Children 4-11, $18. An automatic $2 discount is available for those guests who pre-purchase online tickets Royal Rush Skycoaster tickets are $25 for one rider, $25 for two, and $60 for three riders. The Royal Gorge Cloudscraper is $40 per rider. Park hours are 9:30 am- 7:00 pm, July 3-6. For more information call 888-333-5597.

Adventure in the Arkansas Region


Seeking thrills and heart-pumping fun? There are plenty of ways to catch an adrenaline high in the Royal Gorge region of Colorado. The Arkansas River offers some of the best rafting in the state, and even the country. With rapids ranging from class II-V, there is no lack of whitewater on this river. Book a full day or half day excursion.

The area is well-known for its rich fossil finds and prehistoric history. Make your way up Skyline Drive to view the famous dinosaur tracks. Whether by car, motorcycle or Segway, it can get a bit hairy with no guardrails. However you decide to travel the road, the view is totally worth it.

At the bottom of Skyline Drive, notice the parking area for one of Cañon City’s newest hiking and mountain biking trail system. The system offers users wide dirt paths, singletrack and some technical steep trails. Head up the Graneros trail to meet with Old Skyline Drive, then opt to follow the paved road back down to the bottom or ride the dirt trails back to the parking area. Beginner-level cyclists will enjoy following “Greenhorn” – an easy double-track that runs north to south.

Strap in for a bird’s eye view of the Royal Gorge on the ZipRider Cloudscraper, the highest zip line in North America. Honestly, the day can’t truly end without swinging out on the Royal Rush SkyCoaster. Reach up to 50 mph while swinging stomach-first 1,200 feet above the Arkansas. Make sure to take advantage of the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park’s “High Altitude” package including: bridge admission, the SkyCoaster, and the ZipRider Cloudscraper for a bargain price.

Posted in Adventure, Rides & Attractions, Royal Gorge Region | Tagged Arkansas River, colorado adventure, rafting, royal gorge, Segway, skycoaster, Skyline Drive, zip line

What’s in a Name?


North America’s highest zip line

In the summer of 2013, the Royal Gorge Bridge lost 48 of the 52 structures due to a fire. But in the wake of challenge, there came an opportunity to grow. And grow we did with new rides, new buildings and an overall unforgettable experience. There were no limits to how high the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park could soar. In fact, our new zip line is now the 2nd highest zip line in North America.

With a fact like that and a phoenix story to boot, Ayla Larsen of Vladimir Jones agency set to work creating a name for this new, amazing zip line. A name that would reflect the indomitable spirit of Royal Gorge Bridge & Park and the awe-inspiring scenery surrounding it. In big cities around the globe, there are buildings that are so tall they pierce the sky – skyscrapers.

The incredible height of the new zip line reminded her of these buildings, as if this zip line was the Colorado version of a skyscraper. Only this zipline is an experience, a journey where you can soar above it all and brush the clouds with your fingertips, a perfect example of rising from the ashes and leaving limitations in the dust. And so, Cloudscraper was born.