4 of the Best Ways To Enjoy The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park This Memorial Day – The Best Things to do in Colorado
This year has been a whirlwind!
With the closures around Colorado and the United States, we are finally able to welcome all of you wonderful visitors inside our park — just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
The Park is following Fremont County and Colorado COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols so if you are looking for some of the best things to do in Colorado this Memorial Day weekend consider adding a memorable excursion by spending a day at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park.
Located in Cañon City, just one hour from Colorado Springs, CO and two hours from Denver, CO, the Royal Gorge Bridge, and Park offers a wide array of entertainment and attractions to suit any taste. Spring is the perfect time to visit this amusement park in the sky, with its glorious weather and scenery.
Here are four of the best ways to enjoy Colorado’s Royal Gorge Bridge and Park this Memorial Day:
1. Catch a Live Show
With the reopening of the park, we are hosting some live music entertainment!
Our live entertainment performances this year include bands from around the area. Check out who’s playing and when on our website. This weekend, the popular and crowd-pleasing band Deja Bluz, plays rock ‘n roll.
Our live music performances are sure to entertain the whole family — definitely a show you don’t want to miss.
2. Host a Picnic With A Dash Of Shopping & A Small Photo Session
For those seeking a tamer experience, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is an idyllic setting for a picnic and then taking stunning pictures — but we do have to remember to acknowledge the county requirements about social distancing in order to conduct this type of activity.
There are several places in the park to sit and enjoy each other’s company with great food fare from food carts and restaurants.
Talk about a great outdoor experience!
Photograph your experience to share with your loved ones who aren’t able to join you.
Afterward, visit the huge deck at the back of the visitor center for an array of views ranging from daredevils on our more adventurous attractions to the serene natural beauty of the gorge itself.
When your scenic picnic and visitor center watching is all said and done, enjoy some shopping at our gift shop. You’ll be able to bring something home to remind you of your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
3. Zip Across the Arkansas River
The Royal Gorge Bridge is a marvel in itself, considered a feat of engineering, and an architectural wonder.
At 956 feet above the Arkansas River, this is one of the highest and most famous suspension bridges in the world. In fact, it held the title of the world’s highest suspension bridge up until 2001, and it remains the highest bridge in the United States.
In 2015, we installed the gondola and CloudScraper zipline attractions to give people a different perspective of the Arkansas River.
Experience another perspective for yourself. Fun fact about both of these attractions, you can bring your dogs and children with you on the gondolas and children ages 10 and up (depending on their size) on the CloudScraper zipline attraction.
4. Climb the Gorge — Via Ferrata
If you are feeling up for a more adventurous experience, plan on scaling the walls of the gorge.
Italian for “iron way,” this unique climbing system is comprised of steel cables fixed to the rock wall of the gorge. Guests secure themselves to these cables with carabiners and use iron rungs for a day of scaling the gorge.
Even if you have no rock-climbing experience, you can still scale the gorge and enjoy a one of a kind climbing/hiking activity. One of the great things about this system is There are routes for beginners and seasoned climbers to explore the walls of the Royal Gorge. This is a guided experience you’ll never forget! Call for reservations: 719-276-8342, please leave a message if necessary and we’ll get back with you shortly.
How are you going to spend your time at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park this Memorial Day weekend?
Buy your tickets today — the park is open from 10am – 7pm daily.
Not sure where to go for your Summer Break? Do you like being in nature, surrounded by the greenery and scenic sights that just leave you speechless? If your answer is yes, you must come to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park!
The Royal Gorge is located in Colorado and is a narrow gorge with the Arkansas River running through it. It is one of the most popular attractions in the region, offering plenty of things to do and see for all ages in your family. It is a perfect place for a family vacation.
So, what is there to do at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park for your Summer Break trip?
Royal Gorge Bridge
Known as America’s Bridge, it was built in 1929 and is one of the highest suspension bridges in the world. Its length is 1,260 ft and it stands 956 ft above the ground. Truly a picture-postcard place to visit!
Zipline Experience: Cloudscraper by ZipRider
If you like the feeling of your feet dangling in the air while you cruise over an awe-inspiring gorge, the zipline is something you must do.
The Cloudscraper will take you 2,200 feet across the gorge and over 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River, guaranteeing a thrilling experience for even the most daring!
Royal Rush Skycoaster
To experience the most thrilling adrenaline rush, try the World’s Scariest Skycoaster that will have you flying at speeds of up to 50mph, 1,200 feet over the Arkansas River.
Take on this dizzying challenge on your own or with two others harnessed together.
For a more easy-going but wonderfully panoramic experience, take a ride on the aerial gondola.
With large windows on all sides, you will get fantastic views of the gorge, bridge, river, and park. We have 6 cars that can accommodate up to 8 guests each. Savor the magnificence of Royal Gorge while gently sweeping overhead!
Tommy Knocker Playland
Little ones should never be left out of the excitement.
Tommy Knocker Playland offers an expansive three-storied play area with all kinds of terrain for kids to navigate. From spiraling tunnel slides to bouncing nets, we have created a fun zone that will ensure the kids have a blast. A spin on Daisy’s Carousel will complete their day!
If you are interested in the most amazing of backdrops, then look no further.
From the rugged Colorado wilderness to the awe-inspiring Royal Gorge Bridge, you have plenty of beautiful scenes from which to choose. Take selfies or pictures of your group and make a memory of a lifetime.
Check out our stunning lookout points like Eagle’s Nest, Point Sublime, and Perimeter Point.
The Royal Gorge Via Ferrata
Last but certainly not least is the latest attraction dubbed Via Ferrata.
Under the supervision of our experienced guides, explore the Gorge’s amazing granite rock walls, and gain access to rarely seen heart-stopping views. Follow a climbing system along steep cliff walls using hand and foot rungs and guiding cables.
This mountaineering experience is not to be missed for those with a taste for adventure.
Royal Gorge Via Ferrata — Great for All Climbers Including Those Who Don’t Have Any Rock-Climbing Experience
Located in Canon City, Colorado, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is a natural attraction among the clouds. The bridge, centerpiece of this aerial playground, previously held the title of the highest suspension bridge in the world. Crossing the gorge 956 feet above the Arkansas River, it is the highest bridge in the United States. Yet this is one feature among many in a unique park.
Romping Through the Air
If you have ever wanted to walk in the clouds the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is a dream come true.
Other activities at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park include:
- Aerial gondolas for a leisurely view of the mountains
- America’s highest zip line 1,200 feet in the sky
- A Skycoaster with a 50 mph free fall
- And a visitor center to watch daredevils while shopping or stopping for a bite to eat.
The newest attraction at the park isn’t a ride, The Royal Gorge Via Ferrata allows you to get up close and personal with the gorge itself.
Royal Gorge Via Ferrata
Italian for “Iron Way,” Via Ferrata is a climbing system that dates back to World War I. Originally, soldiers used this method to get across mountain terrains. Now, it is considered a recreational activity.
A Via Ferrata consists of steel cables and iron rungs fixed into rock walls where guests secure themselves during this climbing experience. This cabling system provides a degree of ease and safety. So, even the most novice rock climbers and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy this distinct rock climbing experience.
The walls of the gorge create a perfect environment for this attraction. Even participants with no rock climbing experience can enjoy the one-of-a-kind scenes from the Royal Gorge as a guide takes them through routes in the south rim of the gorge. From here, you will have views of the landscape that only a few others have ever seen.
The Via Ferrata guides are not only certified in first aid and CPR, but they are also High Angle Rescue trained. These experienced individuals will be with you every step of your tour. The park provides climbers with a harness, lanyard, shoes, helmet, and a small backpack if necessary. All tours begin with a short training session to prepare you for conquering the Via Ferrata.
The Via Ferrata is a memorable experience for any level of climbers, hikers, or adventurers. The Via Ferrata is available for anyone ages 10+ up and is not considered a short excursion as the paths take anywhere from 2.3-3 hours or 4.5-5 hours to complete depending on the type of tour you choose. While the Revelation Tour is a good choice for those new to Via Ferratas, the Royal Tour is geared toward active and experienced adventurers. Reservations are not required to participate in either Via Ferrata tours, but they are highly recommended.
If you have wanted to scale granite walls but do not have the training, this is your opportunity to make it happen. The steep walls of the Royal Gorge make an ideal setting for this attraction and further enhance guest experiences.
If you are looking for one of the most unique places to climb in Colorado, Via Ferrata at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park will deliver.
1. Bridge Only Tickets
Looking to experience the architectural wonder that is the Royal Gorge? You can head to the Ranger Station onsite from 8 – 10 a.m. and one hour before closing to purchase bridge-only tickets for a discounted price.
2. Second-Day Entry
Every single purchased general admission ticket includes second-day entry, which means two entire days full of Royal Gorge views and fun. Hang onto your ticket and prior to departure, present it to the Admissions Staff who will validate if for next day return.
3. Kids Under Five Are Free
An amazing experience for the entire family, we love making memories that will last. Children aged five and under are always free at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park.
4. Bring Your Own Food and Water
The park welcomes you to bring your own reusable water bottles and water, as well as picnic lunch. We do ask that you do not bring in any glass or alcoholic beverages (those can be purchased on-site) and we will inspect your items upon entry for guest safety.
5. Purchase Online
Pre-purchase your tickets online and receive a $2 per person discount. Tickets purchased online are valid for one year from the purchase date.
Lastly, we do offer military and group discounts so please contact us for more details.
We’ve partnered with the Bank of the San Juans for a special 90th anniversary celebration coloring contest. Aspiring artists can mail or drop their masterpiece off at any Fremont County bank branch location.
Bank of the San Juans employees will select 10 entries from each age group by 5-2-19. These selected entries will be posted in the lobbies of the branches in Fremont County (see addresses listed above) for voting by members of the community from May 3rd – 10th. Winners will be announced and notified on May 15th!
Make sure to stop by the Bank of the San Juans booth at the Royal Gorge Bridge on Saturday, April 27 & 28 to pick up some swag.
7 to 10
The following are the coloring materials that can be used -crayons, markers or colored pencils.
No gluing of any extra materials or embellishments will be allowed.
Entries will be judged on neatness, use of color, and eye appeal.
Pictures may be duplicated, but each child may only submit one entry.
All entries must be submitted either in person or mailed to any Bank of the San Juans location within Fremont County by Tuesday, April 30th.
Canon City 816 Royal Gorge Blvd.
2101 Fremont Drive
Florence 401 East Main Street
Per age group (Under 6 and 7 to 10)
First Prize Royal Gorge Annual Family Pass
Second Prize $100.00 gift card
Third Prize $50.00 gift card
Bank of the San Juans employees will select ten (10) entries from each age group by 5-2-19. These selected entries will be posted in the lobbies of the branches in Fremont County (see addresses listed above) for voting by members of the community from May 3rd – 10th. Winners will be announced and notified on May 15th!
Winners will be asked to sign a PHOTOGRAPH/MEDIA CONSENT AND RELEASE, as they will be featured in various Bank of the San Juans promotions.
Relatives of employees employed by Royal Gorge Bridge or Bank of the San Juans are not eligible for this contest. All entries will become property of Royal Gorge Bridge and Bank of the San Juans.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
If you’re looking to combine two bucket list items in one, take a guided Segway Tour across the Royal Gorge Bridge and throughout the park. iLean Ride Company offers a 90-minute experience with a little extra time for parking lot practice on these personal vehicles.
Take this extra special drive across the wooden planks of the bridge as these are the only vehicles outside of park staff and scheduled car clubs allowed to cross on four wheels. Offered year-round, the half-day and full-day options both include the option to return and explore our beautiful attraction after your tour – small upgrade fees will apply. For something extra special, book the Sunset Tour including dinner on the Cafe 1230 deck.
The Arkansas River offers some of the most amazing rafting in the state of Colorado. There are a number of skilled rafting companies and packages to choose from, many of which include a trip that goes right underneath the bridge. Many of the tours also offer a Boat and Bridge combined package to experience an entire day’s worth of excitement.
For the ultimate bird’s eye view of the Bridge, climb inside Royal Gorge Helitour’s Rolls Royce jet-powered Robinson R66 helicopter for the ride of your life. A quick tour over America’s Bridge starts at $49 per person. Longer tours of the region can be booked including views of Cripple Creek and even Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain.
The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, celebrating its 90th Anniversary this year will be opening Colorado’s newest adventure, a Via Ferrata on the granite walls of the Royal Gorge. The new attraction will be ready for the 2019 summer tourist season. Guests will be halfway down into the Royal Gorge when they start climbing on what will be a unique lifetime experience.
The Via Ferrata is in the planning and proposed routing stage for the first of three phases. The first route will be on the South Side (North Face) of the Royal Gorge with a targeted opening date of May 1, said Brent Hargrave, COO. “Guests will be able to enjoy watching people scale the opposite wall from the Visitor Center deck, the bridge, or just about anywhere in the park,” said Hargrave.
“Via Ferratas are increasing in popularity and timing is right for the park,” said Jeremy Boswell, VP of Operations. “This experience is for those who would not otherwise ever have a climbing experience.” You don’t have to be a professional or serious mountain climber, he said. This system introduces people to mountaineering in a protected, safe climbing system that uses trained guides, climbing lanyards with carabiners, steel cables, and iron rungs installed into rock surfaces. Popularity of Via Ferratas began in Europe over a hundred years ago even though the system has been around longer. In the United States, there are Via Ferratas most notably in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and California in the mountainous regions.
Hargrave said the Via Ferrata will capitalize on the natural attraction of the Royal Gorge. “We will set ourselves apart from other Via Ferratas with the sheer drama and vertical foot advantage of the 1,000 foot walls. In fact, this system will be unlike any other Via Ferrata in the nation due to its verticality.” The sturdy rock walls are made of Pike’s Peak granite and formed over a billion years ago.
Mike Friedman with Colorado-based Adventure Partners Attractions, designer and installer said “Via Ferratas are taking off in North America right now. It’s designed for non-climbers with an adventurous streak who want to know first-hand what it feels like scale a rock face. People today want to be more participatory in their experiences, and the Via Ferrata is a spectacular, earned adventure.”
Friedman, a former Teton mountain guide, began creating Via Ferratas for a resort in the red rock canyons of southern Utah in 2009. “The park is building something that will deliver life-long memories. It’s a gateway for those who want to experience climbing.”
Still in the beginning stages, this guided-only activity will be open to a wide range of ages, and courses from easy to more challenging. The average tour can range from two to five hours.
“The Royal Gorge is an awesome place. When I first stepped up the rim it took my breath away, the beauty of those sheer rock faces, perfect for a Via Ferrata.” said Friedman.
Check www.royalgorgebridge.com or facebook.com/royalgorgebridge for updates and opening date.
Colorado is home to some of the most breathtaking sites, scenes and outdoor recreation the country has to offer. Millions of travelers come from near and far to experience the unrivaled beauty of our state. With so many visitors enjoying our natural landscapes and resources, we kindly ask that you show these places the love and respect they deserve by being a responsible visitor.
- Bring along a reusable water bottle or tumbler to stay hydrated and contribute less waste while hiking, biking and adventuring
- Stay on the path. Trails are in designated places to ensure natural wonders stay as natural as possible. Make sure to camp at least 200 feet away from lakes, rivers and streams.
- Trash it. Make sure to properly dispose of trash and even food items, as well as pick up anything that may be there before you to maintain a great outdoor space.
Beat the Heat
- Be mindful of any fire restrictions or high fire warnings, especially in windy and dry seasons.
- If building a campfire, be sure it is small and manageable and make sure to put it out entirely.
- If you do smoke outdoors, be sure to put your butts out entirely and take them with you. Many roadside fires spark due to still burning butts.
Keep Wildlife Wild
- The state is home to an array of awesome plants and wildlife, please take care not to stray the path and destroy homes and plants.
- Do not feed or approach wildlife, you are in their home and we want to keep the best ecosystem possible. No matter how cool it looks in your feed, please think of them first.
- Pick up the dog poo and keep your furry friends leashed for their safety and yours.
Leave it as you find it for others to enjoy! There are a number of ways to help give back to our outdoor impressiveness, like these four opportunities courtesy of the Fremont Adventure Recreation.
Junior Ranger programs are a fantastic way to enjoy area attractions with a big ole’ side dose of learning. The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park’s Junior Ranger Program, thanks to Centura Health, is the perfect way to play inside the park. Even better? It’s included with your general admission ticket.
This real-time series of puzzles feature ways to find letters and numbers all while learning about the great history in the Royal Gorge region of Colorado. Two different programs mean the perfect trivia fit for ages up to seven and a bit more challenging option for ages eight and up.
Little legs will enthusiastically race around our grounds to the final payoff, a nice, shiny and totally official Junior Ranger Badge they can proudly display at their next show-and-tell, they even have the chance to be sworn into their duties onsite.