The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is unlike any destination you’ll ever experience. A journey of epic proportions with more than 360 acres and 21 rides, shows and attractions to explore. Where families and friends alike will marvel at the awe-inspiring panoramic views from one of the world’s highest suspension bridges – hanging 956 feet high and spanning a quarter mile across the canyon. But whether you’re looking to sightsee, have an adventure, go on a family vacation or a day trip, this one-of-a-kind attraction has something for everyone.
A landmark three million years in the making.
Did you know some of the earliest and largest dinosaurs roamed the Royal Gorge region over 100 million years ago? Or that one of these residents was the brontosaurus, among the largest of all earth’s inhabitants? This area was the original “Jurassic Park.”
In fact, noted paleontologists have discovered some of the most complete dinosaur remains less than three miles from the Royal Gorge Bridge. Dating from 100 to 200 million years ago, fossil bones found here include the allosaurus, stegosaurus and comptosaurus.
One of the most massive gorges in the world.
The Gorge was created some three million years ago when a trickle of water first began to slowly carve a canyon out of the solid granite bedrock. Today that trickle is the raging Arkansas, one of America’s longest rivers. And the masterpiece that it continues to carve at a rate of one foot every 2,500 years is the Royal Gorge in Cañon City, Colorado.
The Royal Gorge is considered a world wonder, and is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River. Yet it’s unlike any other canyon. The width at the canyon bottom is no more than 40 to 50 feet, while the top measures only a few hundred feet wide.