Month: June 2020

Best Things to do in Colorado for the Fourth of July — Veteran Monster Truck Event & More at America’s Bridge

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As American’s, we know the story. Best Things To Do in Colorado for Memorial Day Weekend

On July 4th, 1776, the United States gained its independence from Great  Britain — therefore, America was born, and the Fourth of July is now observed as America’s Birthday.

Today, Americans continue to follow suit and celebrate the Fourth of July by hosting and/or attending American-themed parties for friends and family to commemorate another year of the United States’ independence.

Although this year has been anything but ordinary, we thankfully are able to celebrate the United States turning 244 years old outside of quarantine, but still six feet apart. 

With that in mind, here are some of the best things to do in Colorado for Independence Day this year:

Witness An American Veteran, “The Veteran” Monster Truck at the Royal Gorge Bridge

This Fourth of July, we will be hosting “The Veteran” at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. “The Veteran” is a ten-foot-tall, ten thousand pound mega monster truck that pays tribute to all U.S. veterans. 

Fourth of July is one of the most patriotic days out of the entire year for Americans. Come take some photographs and check out the largest veteran mega monster truck in the United States at the highest suspension bridge in America – it doesn’t get more patriotic than that.

Catch a Live Show — ( Live Music & Nature’s Educators)Best things to do in Colorado

Watch Juno the eagle spread his wings at the Plaza Theater when you catch the Birds of Prey Show by Nature’s Educators.  See other magnificent raptors such as Wicket the owl. Showtimes are at the top of each hour between 1-4 pm.   

 If you are in the mood for rock ‘n roll, the Elk Park Amphitheater features the Atomic Fireballs 12:30-4:30 pm, July 2-5. Seating is a large grassy knoll so bring a blanket or chairs, your snacks, and drinks and then settle in for a great afternoon of fun music.  

Photo by Perry Conway 

Feel Alive — Free Fall, Suspend, Climb and Walk Above the Arkansas River more than a 1,000 feet below.

Make this Fourth of July one you won’t forget by doing something adventurous. 

When you visit the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park this Fourth of July, not only will you have the opportunity to walk across the highest suspension bridge in America, you also will be able to experience America’s Bridge like never before — by riding some of our adventurous rides and attractions (the Skycoaster, Cloudscraper Zipline) or climbing the Royal Gorge Via Ferrata.

Our Skycoaster is a thrilling experience where you will momentarily free fall 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River and then soar 50 mph through the air — this is a rush that is hard to duplicate. The Skycoaster holds up to three people that are 42”-82” tall. There is no weight restriction for this attraction, but there is a flight suit. Riders must fit into the flight suit in order to experience the Skycoaster.

America’s highest Zipline, the Cloudscraper by ZipRider, will allow you to fly parallel to America’s Bridge 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River. Race you to the other side! 

The Royal Gorge Via Ferrata experience will allow you to scale the side of the gorge for a Royal Gorge Bridge and Park adventure unlike any other. These guided climbing tours are designed to be a challenge for all skill levels.  

All in all, the Skycoaster, Cloudscraper, & Via Ferrata are definitely some of the best things to do in Colorado this Fourth of July.

Best View in the House

You can count on the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park as having some of the best views in Colorado. 

Take a stroll across the bridge and capture the heart of Colorado with scenery that will take your breath away.  Be sure and take a photo by your state flag with your family so you can remember this special day.  Grab one of your favorite grill items, an ice cream cone, or maybe your favorite beverage,  and then sit back and relax at one of the scenic areas in the park.    

There will not be any fireworks within the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park due to fire restrictions.

What Are You Waiting For?

Overall, these are just a few things you can experience this Independence Day at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. 

Come spend the day with us, take your picture with The Veteran Mega Monster Truck, free fall 1,200 feet, and experience some of the best things to do in Colorado this Fourth of July.

Skip the lines — buy your tickets now.

3 High Altitude Thrills — Colorado Attractions at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Extreme Colorado Attractions

Calling all adrenaline junkies!Extreme Colorado Attractions

The Royal Gorge Bridge has been around since 1929, and in 2003, the Royal Gorge Bridge introduced a free-falling attraction, where visitors were able to swing out over the edge of the gorge 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River — talk about an adrenaline rush.

We know you love activities that get your blood pumping and we understand there are different extreme sports out there that can do just that — some are at sea level, while others are on or in the ocean, but have you thought about high altitude extreme attractions? In particular, have you added any of the extreme Colorado attractions at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park to your bucket list?

If not, you should.

Here are three of the top altitude thrills at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park that we think will have you itching for more.

  1. Royal Rush Skycoaster: Basically A Free Falling Roller Coaster

The main attraction at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park has always been the bridge, but now there are additional adrenaline rush activities available.

People have started calling the skycoaster “the world’s scariest skycoaster.” On this ride, 1-3 people lay on their stomachs and are strapped together to soar through the air. Children are allowed on this ride but must be able to fit in a flight suit beforehand.  This is definitely an attraction not for the faint of heart!.

Visit our website to view our other restrictions before you plan on experiencing this Colorado attraction.

  1. Cloudscraper Zipline by ZipRider: A Colorado Zipline

With the Royal Rush Skycoaster so popular, the park started building new attractions taking advantage of the heights of the Royal Gorge,  they could introduce to not only the park but the state of Colorado. This adrenaline attraction wasn’t introduced until 2015.

This attraction was introduced when the park was rebuilding due to a wildfire that burnt the majority of the park in 2013, along with burning approximately 100 out of 1,292 planks of the famous bridge.

The park hosted a grand reopening in 2015 and introduced a new exhilarating zipline to the park and all of Colorado. Today, this zipline is one of Colorado’s #1 bucket lists experiences because visitors are able to fly 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River with the help of a few harnesses and braking systems.

This is definitely not an attraction for anyone who is scared of heights. There are some height and weight requirements, so make sure you review them before you plan your visit.

  1. Royal Gorge Via Ferrata:  A Colorado Rock Climbing Experience Of A Lifetime

Now for the newest adrenaline attraction — the Via Ferrata.

The Via Ferrata was opened last year to celebrate the park’s 90th anniversary and allow visitors to get a different perspective of the gorge walls while having a once in a lifetime experience.

Via Ferrata is a new experience for the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, but its history dates back to WWI. Soldiers built and used this system as a way to traverse the mountainous terrain in a more direct and timely manner. Along with being used at the Royal Gorge as a Colorado attraction, it is also an experience used in the Swiss Alps and popular in Europe.

When you book a Via Ferrata excursion, you’re getting a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  During the Via Ferrata experience, climbers are guided up the sides of the ancient gorge walls where they are able to see a completely different perspective than the one they would get traditionally standing on the bridge.

The Royal Gorge Via Ferrata is a protected system using iron rungs and steel cables to keep the climber attached at all times.  There are beginner to expert routes so if you have ever thought about climbing, this may be the perfect experience for you.  Don’t worry about equipment,  helmets, shoes (in most sizes), and harnesses are provided  Recommended ages are 10 and up.

This is definitely an attraction that is made for the adrenaline junkies. Get an idea of what the Via Ferrata perspective looks like by visiting our website.  

Have You Started Adding These Attractions To Your Bucket List?

There you have it, when you add these three high altitude thrill attractions to your bucket list you’ll be experiencing more than an adrenaline rush, you’ll be experiencing once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

What are you waiting for? Which one of these attractions sounds like it would be your favorite? Stop waiting.

Buy your tickets and find out for yourself.

A Colorado Springs Adventure That is Also An Architectural Wonder — The Royal Gorge Bridge

A Historical Colorado Springs Adventure

In 1929, the world’s highest suspension bridge was constructed — The Royal Gorge Bridge. 

Although the Royal Gorge Bridge may no longer hold that title, let’s think about where we were in terms of technology in 1929. 

In 2020, a construction like this doesn’t seem that impressive. We now have the technology to construct buildings, bridges, spaceships, cars, and everything in between.

However, in 1929, the first flight around the world took place; scientists had virtually no idea what was beyond Earth, and the most common car people drove in was Henry Ford’s, Model T.

A Historical Colorado Springs Adventure

Source: Henry Ford’s Model T Wikimedia

 

With all this being said, it really puts in perspective how amazing the construction of a 1,260-foot bridge over the Arkansas Bridge really is.

The Royal Gorge Bridge is located an hour south of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is the perfect excursion for a Colorado Springs adventure. 

Here are a few other fun historical facts about the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

What Makes The Royal Gorge Bridge, “America’s Bridge?”

As we just stated, the bridge was built in 1929, it has seen the majority of our country’s historical events. Beginning its longstanding history, the bridge was constructed with roughly 80 workers happy to have a job, right before the Great Depression hit.    

The bridge utilized American workers and American ingenuity, which put the United States in the spotlight all around the world as having just built the world’s highest suspension bridge. 

The bridge is 100% American, and it sits next to America’s Mountain — Pikes Peak. 

It is America’s highest bridge today. With all of these long-standing connections to American history, the Royal Bridge is obviously “America’s Bridge.”  

Construction Took Only A Few Months & It was Super Expensive  A Historical Colorado Springs Adventure

In fact, the Royal Gorge Bridge was built in seven months, and no serious injury or death occurred during the construction of the bridge. 

This is particularly monumental because in today’s day and age, according to the experts the majority of construction projects are notoriously late and report many serious injuries.    

Although the Royal Gorge Bridge was constructed quickly and safely, it was outrageously over budget — about $100,000 over budget, which today would equivocate to about $20 million dollars. 

Whoa. 

A Place That Participated In Hosting Records and Historical Happenings

Since the Royal Gorge Bridge’s opening, the bridge has hosted approximately 27 million visitors and experienced some of history’s most historically significant events.

Some of the historical events the bridge has experienced include the Great Depression, WWI & WWII, and many more. 

Along with these historical events, it also hosted Franklin Roosevelt. Roosevelt claimed the bridge to be “one of the finest scenic spots in the whole of the United States.”

The wonderful thing about the Royal Gorge Bridge is you don’t need to be an extreme adventurer to enjoy the Royal Gorge Bridge. However, there have been several previous extreme events take place at the bridge before. Some of these things include presidential visits, a stage for several movies, movie star visits including John Wayne,  free rappelling records, jet pack flight, and more.

The experiences and events the bridge has hosted and been a part of, all come together to make it an architectural wonder. 

What Are You Waiting For?

There’s no denying the amazing stories and history that is associated with the Royal Gorge Bridge. From the construction to the experience, and everything in between, the bridge is definitely an architectural wonder.

What are you waiting for? Have you chosen to make the Royal Gorge Bridge your next Colorado Springs adventure? Buy your tickets now and be part of the wonder.

Top Things To Do With the Family Around Colorado Springs — Spend the Day at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Family-Friendly Things To Do Around Colorado Springs, CO

Are you and your family looking for family-friendly things to do around Colorado Springs, CO? 

Well, look no further. 

Just one hour from Colorado Springs, CO lives a truly unique park —The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. This unique park is definitely one of the top things to do around Colorado Springs and an ideal way to spend the day with the family. 

Here are a few ways you and your family can spend the day and/or a weekend at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. Family-Friendly Things To Do Around Colorado Springs, CO 

Have a Picnic with The Entire Family at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is not only a unique park it also offers several ideal settings for a picnic inside the park. There are several great outdoor dining options including Cafe 1230 with deck seating, Bridge View Barbecue, and Grill on the Hill. 

Relax with your meal near, Elk Park Amphitheater or Juniper Junction

Follow your picnic up with some fun things to do.  Most weekends, Thursday through Sunday’s there is live music at Elk Park Amphitheater noon to 4:00 pm. 

Keep Track of Time with the Park’s Unique Water Clock

One of the rarest clocks in the world (1 of 3), this timepiece is the only one of its kind in the state of Colorado. 

The waterclock is an electric-water wheel that keeps the time and shows the date you visit.   It is a replica of the one that stood for 30 years before the Royal Gorge Fire of 2013. It’s a fascinating resident of the park and a great family photo opportunity — fun fact, in the summertime we have photographers that are available to take these photos for you

You and your family can learn more about the park in the Visitor Center. There is where we have a pictorial timeline on the wall showing the age of dinosaurs to the building of the bridge. 

Explore all the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park’s Rides and Attractions

If anyone in the family needs to walk off some energy, head for the Royal Gorge Bridge.

Speaking of the bridge, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is home to America’s highest suspension bridge, which is definitely the main attraction. Stretching 956 feet above the Arkansas River, the Royal Gorge Bridge offers a stunning view of the natural landscape plus is a sight to behold in itself. 

To further immerse yourself in this beautiful area, the aerial gondolas glide 1,200 feet above the river for unparalleled scenes of the park and surrounding mountains.

If you and the family feel like traveling a little faster through the clouds, take a breathtaking ride on America’s highest zipline on the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Cloudscraper. Unique hands-free harnesses zoom you 1,200 feet above the river and braking systems mean you can stop to take in the sights from above, and if you and the family really want to feel like you are flying, our Royal Rush Skycoaster dangles you at the same height after a 50-mph free fall through the air. 

Now that has the makings of a family outing to remember.

Please note, before you plan on taking the whole family on the Cloudscraper or the Royal Rush Skycoaster, there are some age/height restrictions.

  • All family members must be 10 years or older to ride the Cloudscraper zipline
  • Riders must weigh at least 100 lbs 
  • Riders must be 42” – 82” tall to ride the Royal Rush Skycoaster. 
    • Children that want to ride the Skycoaster will be fitted in harnesses to see if they are big enough to ride. 
  • All restrictions are subject to change.

Thanks to its array of attractions, the park has things to do for every age and tastes from mild to wild — we’re talking, a visitor center, café, aerial gondolas, shopping, zipline, skycoaster, and the park’s signature bridge all provide a day of unique entertainment.  

Plan your family’s visit today. Your family will thank you later.

Book your tickets here today.