5 Best Viewpoints For Must Take Photos at the Best Royal Gorge Bridge
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the scale and grandeur of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park — especially when you visit for the first time.
There are so many wonderful attractions and many viewpoints in the Royal Gorge region that it is easy to overlook some of the smaller, more secluded areas. Some of these spots offer fabulous, sweeping, and unobstructed views of the bridge.
You’ll also capture the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the immense Royal Gorge that was carved years ago from the exquisite Arkansas River.
If you’re trying to snag some stellar photos of these amazing sights, here are five great spots to set up your camera and capture the landscape.
Before we dive in, we must mention, there are plenty of amazing viewpoints and photo opportunities at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, but please remember to observe warning signs and don’t climb around or overprotective barriers that signify “off-limits” areas. We always have guest safety top of mind.
1. Point Sublime Inside the Park
The Point Sublime is by far one of the best places to take photos at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
Located on the south side of the park next to the Skycoaster, this historic landmark has offered visitors a grand view of the area for decades. From this point, you can capture the bridge, the gorge, the Arkansas River, and the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. It is an awesome sight to see, and one that is great fun to catch any time of day. In the morning, the cliffs and bridge will be illuminated, and you have the best chance of being alone in the pavilion. However, as the sun sets over the mountains, photo opportunities are stunning as well.
2. Past the Movie Theater Inside the Park
Looking for an unobstructed view of the bridge? This isn’t an official point, but it is one of the best viewpoints of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
Walk down to the theater, past the picnic tables toward the perimeter fence. From here, you’ll get a fantastic view of the bridge, the gorge, and the entire Arkansas River Valley to the north. This particular spot is great in the morning or midday, as the sun is hitting the east-facing cliff faces and you can really capture the varied topography.
3. Once You’re On the Royal Gorge Bridge
If it’s your first time on the bridge, you may be overwhelmed with the height and distance of the structure.
Once you acclimate yourself to being 1,100 feet above the Arkansas River, don’t forget to look around! The Royal Gorge Bridge offers an array of opportunities to capture a unique or interesting perspective in photographs. Utilize the cables, the height, and even the spaces between the boards to create an interesting and abstract photograph.
4. Before You Enter the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Before you even enter the park, head toward the historic Denver and Rio Grande train engine, and walk out onto the viewing platform. From here, you get a grand view of the Royal Gorge, the bridge, and the surrounding landscape. Then take a walk down the gravel path (watch your step) and wander around. You’ll find several great spots to snap a photo from various vantage points.
5. The Old Incline Overlook
After you leave the Visitor Center and head toward the bridge, take a moment to find the old Incline overlook.
The Incline may be gone (we’re working on a replacement attraction), but the overlook remains and permits a fabulous view of the mountains in the distance. This point provides some great foreground material, middle and distant points to create a dynamic shot.
Try this point in the evening or on a cloudy day when the sun is setting over the mountains.
What Are You Waiting For?
There are many things about the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park that we enjoy, but the viewpoints inside and outside the park are some of the things that attribute to it being a bucket list attraction.
However, don’t just take our word for it — come visit it for yourself.
Also, don’t forget to share your photos with us on our social media channels!