The fall time is a perfect time to cross off the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Via Ferrata on your list of “must-do things in Colorado this fall.” The lack of crowds, perfect weather, and fall color displays truly make it the best time of year to experience the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Via Ferrata attraction in Colorado.
So, with that, fall is considered one of the most wonderful seasons at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado.
Follow this list of 3 must-do things in Colorado to get the most out of the fall season.
1. Check Out the Best View of the Fall Colors
The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park as part of the Front Range is going to be gorgeous (no pun intended) drive no matter where you are coming from in the state. During the fall months, with the different angle of the sun compared to summer, the Royal Gorge takes on different hues of reds, and the landscape turns to beautiful fall colors.
Along with our changing fall colors, you will experience cooler weather, but still warm enough to where it’s comfortable to explore every end of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado to find the best view. The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is located in a sweet spot in Colorado, wherein the fall months the weather is slightly warmer than Colorado Springs but not summer warm where you need an outfit change.
Who knows, your favorite view could be from the Aerial Gondola. Seeing the spectacular fall colors is definitely a must-do thing in Colorado this fall season.
2. Get the Most Out of the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Without the Crowds
When you visit the Royal Gorge Bridge in the fall months, not only will you have a chance to experience some spectacular fall colors, but you can do so without worrying about long lines.
During the busier park months —specifically in the summertime— we experience an influx of tourists and a variety of other visitors from all over the country, and even the world. We love sharing the Royal Gorge Park experience with anyone who wants to visit, but sometimes the busier months make for longer wait times.
The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is open 365 days a year (weather permitting.) All of the listed attractions —aside from the carousel— are open throughout the fall months so you and the family can enjoy the thrill of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park without the long wait times.
3. Best Time of Year For The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Via Ferrata in Colorado
Via Ferrata attractions are relatively new concepts in the United States, but they are becoming more and more common throughout Colorado. However, a majority of Colorado Via Ferrata attractions live within the mountain towns that flip to ski towns at a higher elevation and aren’t accessible once ski season begins.
For more information on the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Via Ferrata attraction in Colorado visit the Via Ferrata page. You can even schedule your Via Ferrata tour directly online.
Schedule Your Visit
What are you waiting for? Schedule your trip to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park to start experiencing some of the most spectacular must-do things in Colorado this fall.
School is back in action, but a little unconventional this year.
Some schools have already started, some are conducting a hybrid program, and many are following an online distance learning curriculum.
Whatever your child’s school year looks like a field trip can be the best way to encourage normalcy and provide a fun and encouraging way to help children learn.
In fact, the National Education Association finds that children who regularly attend educational field trips have better grades by 59%!
Are you looking for a great field trip for your child(ren)?
One of the best historical sites in Colorado to bring the kids to before & during the school year is the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park!
Here are 3 highlights why The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is one of the most fascinating field trips in Colorado. Kids of all ages will learn fun historical facts when they visit the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado.
1. The Area Around The Royal Gorge Bridge Was Originally Occupied With Dinosaurs, Native American Tribes & More
Before the construction of the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, the area around the bridge acted as a historical site in Colorado in and of itself.
In fact, geologists from the National Park Service say the Gorge was created by pebbles and rocks constantly grinding against each other during the“pre-Cambrian age —” a period 541 million years ago.
If geologists are correct, this would mean the gorge the Royal Gorge Bridge straddles above and the rock walls surrounding the Arkansas River originally was home to many dinosaurs, Native American Tribes, American Explorers, and other historical events long before the construction of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
Other historians understand the Gorge acted as a centralized location for the Ute Native American tribe before the construction of the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. The Native American Tribes used the area for protection from intruders and warmth in the winter months.
Overall, the Cañon City, Colorado, the area is home to many dinosaur fossils. In fact, on your way home from visiting the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park we recommend taking the historical Skyline Drive to see actual dinosaur footprints.
2. The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, 91 years later, survive the Great Depression, and the Royal Gorge Fire
In 1929 a gentleman by the name of Lon Piper decided he would enhance the spectacular scenery of the Royal Gorge in Colorado by constructing a magnificent suspension bridge that would reach from one side of the gorge to the other. With the help of an engineer, George Cole, the bridge came to life.
At the cost of $350,000 the bridge was constructed in 7 months and remains an engineering marvel today according to the ASE (American Society of Engineers)..
the bridge was constructed between June and November of 1929 and provided work for about 80 men, right before The Great Depression hit full force in America
Shortly after The Great Depression, the bridge experienced the economical hit from World War II. Although it wasn’t directly affected by the same destruction on the battlefield, there were a lot of economical hardships associated with that timeframe.
Fast forward to the twenty-first century, and the Royal Gorge Fire of June 11, 2013. The Royal Gorge Bridge experienced a brutal man-made fire that burned four days and destroyed 90% of the park. The bridge survived with only 100 out of the 1,292 wooden deck planks burned. During this time period, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park shut down for a historic rebuild and opened up 14 months later over Labor Day weekend of 2014.
3. The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is the Highest Suspension Bridge in America
Visitors of all ages come to experience the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and actively engage with history.
In fact, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado is still considered the highest suspension bridge in America, and until 17 years ago it was the highest suspension bridge in the world.
Many constructions from the early 20th century have come and gone, but the Royal Gorge Bridge still has many of its original features from 1929, and when you come to visit you will fully experience the magic that was created 91 years ago.
Learn More About The Royal Gorge Bridge As An Amazing Historical Site in Colorado
Not only will you and your child(ren) be able to experience first hand this historical site in Colorado, but you will be able to watch a regularly scheduled 20 minute historical documentary in the Plaza Theater available with a general admissions ticket — here you will also see Royal Gorge Bridge and Park history unfold through the historical photo displays.
Are you and your child(ren) ready to visit one of the best historical sites in Colorado?
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One of the Coolest Attractions Near Colorado Springs — Via Ferrata at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Looking for something new to add or cross off your Colorado summer bucket list without having to make a trek for it?
We, at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, have just the bragging rights experience for you.
Our newest attraction is definitely one of the coolest near Colorado Springs — the Via Ferrata.
Why? We’re glad you asked.
Here are three reasons the Via Ferrata is one of the most intense and coolest attractions near Colorado Springs.
1. There Are Limited Via Ferrata Opportunities in the United States
Via Ferrata adventures have been around since World War 1.
In fact, the Via Ferrata technique was created to scale the Dolomite Mountains in Italy and help soldiers scale the treacherous mountainous terrain safely and efficiently with the use of iron rods drilled into the side of the mountains, cables, and hooks to keep the soldiers connected at all times and from falling off the side of the mountain.
The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park’s Via Ferrata attraction in Colorado use the same technique but in a different setting as you’re trekking up the granite and gneiss walls of the Royal Gorge versus the Dolomites in Italy.
There are many more Via Ferrata attractions throughout Europe and other countries; however, in the United States, Via Ferrata attractions are few and far between due to government-imposed bans from the Wilderness Act of 1964.
Thankfully, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park do not fall under the Act so we’re able to take guests on an adventure of a lifetime.
2. Scale the Rock Walls That Support America’s Highest Suspension Bridge
On the Royal Gorge Via Ferrata attraction in Colorado at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, you will scale the sides of the Royal Gorge — the same granite and gneiss rock formations that form the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
The Royal Gorge’s rock formations were formed over 3 million years ago. On the Via Ferrata attraction, not only will you get up close and personal with this geological wonder, you’ll get a completely different perspective of America’s highest suspension bridge.
3. There’s an Experience Level For Everyone
You don’t have to be an experienced rock climber to participate on the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park’s Via Ferrata attraction near Colorado Springs. Each group will be given an experienced guide who will assist you along the way. In fact, you don’t have to have any experience at all!
We have a series of tours that accommodate your hiking and climbing comfort level from beginner to expert routes. Helmets, shoes (in most sizes), harnesses and backpacks are provided free of charge
If you’d like to do a shorter route, the Revelation Tour would be perfect for you. If you’re looking for a full-day adventure, the Royal Tour is a comprehensive guided climbing tour that gives you the ultimate unique Via Ferrata experience. If you’d like more of a one-on-one tour, we offer private tours where we will create customized itineraries for you and your group.
Book Your Via Ferrata Experience at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Today
The Via Ferrata attraction is truly at the forefront of introducing Via Ferrata experiences within the United States, and at the Highest Suspension Bridge in America, this is truly one of the coolest and most accessible attractions near Colorado Springs.
Learn more about our Via Ferrata attraction on our website.
Book your tickets in advance for your preferred dates.
** We would like to mention, during the writing of this blog we have altered our park operations to comply with COVID precautions and Fremont County Health regulations. We sanitize our equipment regularly and are practicing social distancing even during the Via Ferrata tours.
If you would like more information on what we’re doing to combine these COVID precautions with our Via Ferrata please contact us. **
Best Day Trips in Colorado — Catch A Live Show at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
Although the summer of 2020 hasn’t exactly been our normal summer season, we’re still excited to announce our live shows make for some of the best day trips in Colorado this summer.
This summer we are featuring the Birds of Prey show from Nature’s Educators in the Plaza Theater and live music at Elk Park Amphitheater, Thursdays through Sundays. We are asking our guests to social distance from each other and realize there are occupancy restrictions for all indoor activities.
Nature’s Educators Birds of Prey Show
Have you ever seen a raptor up close?
A raptor is defined as a bird of prey, otherwise known as an owl, hawk, falcon, or really any bird that feeds on smaller creatures.
The Nature’s Educators Birds of Prey shows have showings 7 days a week through Mid-September. You’ll want to include this show in your upcoming “best day trips in Colorado.”
Nature’s Educators is a local Colorado 501c3 non-profit organization and is an outreach program that houses exotic birds. Their program raises awareness of raptor existence and the importance of preserving their ’ existence.
During the live Birds of Prey show, you can look forward to meeting Juno, one of the organization’s eagle ambassadors. Four shows are conducted daily at the top of every hour starting at 1 pm and going until 4 pm. Each show is twenty minutes long.
These performances are free with your general admission ticket. If you’re at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park between 1 pm – 4 pm be sure to swing over to our theater to meet a raptor up close and personal.
Live Outdoor Music
Summertime in Colorado is a great time to get outside and make the most out of having some of the best day trips in Colorado. With the summer season coming to a close, what better time than now to get outside and enjoy live music?
For the remainder of the summer join us at the Park Elk Amphitheater for live outdoor music Thursdays -Sundays 12:30 to 4:30 pm from The Atomic Fireballs, Dave Arvizu, and more. The entertainment is free with your general admission ticket.
Check out our “upcoming events” page on our website for the full lineup for upcoming music for the remainder of the summer. We kindly ask you to remember your mask and remain six feet apart at all times while enjoying the entertainment
Free Extras with General Admission
Every so often we sprinkle in a little extra fun at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park to create the best day trip ever in Colorado.
For example, earlier this year we hosted a 4th of July event where we featured The Veteran Monster truck — a live 10-foot-tall, 10,000 pounds, a mega monster truck that pays tribute to all U.S. veterans.
Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 5, 6, and 7, we’ll add free face painting. And yes! Our face painter has special COVID precautions in place. Don’t forget to visit the Plaza Theater for the History of the Royal Gorge, also free with your ticket.
For a full list of entertainment please check out our calendar — The majority of our extra’s are free with your ticket.
Visit the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
You really can’t go wrong when you choose the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park as your ultimate “best day trip in Colorado.”.
Check out our upcoming event calendar, and our website where you can purchase your tickets beforehand Would you like more information? Contact us today — we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have
Treat Your Family to A Colorado Springs Staycation Adventures at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park in Colorado
This year has definitely been out of the ordinary.
Unfortunately, America is still recovering from the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. With that being said, Americans are being told to be cautious when traveling, and international travel is definitely out of the question.
All the better reason to bring your family on a few staycation adventures — especially if you’re in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area.
One hour south of the Colorado Springs area lives one of Colorado’s must-see attractions, North America’s highest suspension bridge, along with fun rides for the whole family — the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
Here are a few activities that will make your Colorado Springs staycation adventures better than ever.
Visit and Learn All About the 91-Year Old Highest Suspension Bridge in America
When you and your family visit the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, you will be able to walk across the entire bridge. Although this may sound like a little adventure, the bridge speaks for itself.
This 91-year-old suspension bridge was built in 1929 and held the title as “the highest suspension bridge in the world” for a number of years. It only took seven months to build and towers over the Arkansas River with 1,292 wooden planks that make up its length.
When you visit the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park you and your family will also be able to visit the Plaza Theater that plays an educational video at the top of each hour. Here your family will be able to learn the ins and outs of the Royal Gorge Bridge, but the real activity on your family’s Colorado Springs staycation adventures list is being able to cross a bridge that was built in 1929.
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Adventurous Colorado Attractions
We offer something for everyone, from the smallest adventure to ones that will make your stomach drop. Along with walking across the Royal Gorge Bridge, your family should make sure to add the other Royal Gorge Bridge and Park attractions to your Colorado Springs staycation adventures list.
Our main adventurous attractions include:
- Via Ferrata
- Cloudscraper Zipline
- Royal Rush Skyscraper
See the Royal Gorge in a new way.
The Via Ferrata is the newest adventure attraction at the park and is built for all members of your family to enjoy. When you book a reservation for the Via Ferrata, you and your family will have the opportunity to scale the sides of the gorge and experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
You and your family will be guided, with a skilled instructor, to hike, and climb up the sides of the Royal Gorge and take in views that many may only dream of.
Before you plan to add the Via Ferrata to your family’s Colorado Springs staycation adventures, please know that unfortunately, children under 10 are unable to participate in the Via Ferrata.
For more information about the Via Ferrata please visit the Via Ferrata page on our website.
Listed as the Travel Channel’s #1 Colorado Bucket List experience, this excursion is a must for all Colorado Springs staycation adventures.
Strap in 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River and soar parallel to the Royal Gorge Bridge. This Colorado zipline allows two people to be strapped into their own harness, and soar next to one another over the Arkansas River. If you and your family are feeling very adventurous, try zipping across without holding on!
This is another Colorado Springs staycation adventure where children under the age of 10, unfortunately, are unable to participate. Also, riders must be between 100-245 pounds, and for safety, your Cloudscraper zipline ride at the Royal Gorge is subject to weather delays.
For more information about booking your family’s Cloudscraper Zipline adventure, visit the Cloudscraper Zipline page on our website.
Royal Rush Skycoaster
Looking for an ultimate Colorado Springs staycation adventure? Then the Royal Gorge Royal Rush Skycoaster is the attraction for you and your family.
The Royal Rush Skycoaster is an intense roller coaster and extreme swing attraction mixed into one. When you book your reservation for the Royal Rush Skycoaster 1-3 people are able to ride at one time. Once you and your fellow riders are strapped in, you are pulled to the top of the Skycoaster tower. Then, once you’re at the top — geronimo!
This ride also has a few restrictions; all riders must be between 42” – 82” tall. There are no weight requirements or age restrictions for the Royal Rush Skycoaster; however, all riders must comfortably fit into the required harness.
For more information on the Royal Rush Skycoaster, please visit the Skycoaster page on our website.
Stay Awhile — Continue Your Colorado Springs Staycation Adventures Overnight
When you and your family plan your staycation you don’t need to worry about rushing home. We have several overnight accommodation options available including lodge, camping, and dog kennel options.
Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge
The Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado is one of the most spectacular lodges — in our opinion.
This lodge sits atop of the gorge, where you get spectacular views of the bridge, gorge, mountain range, and more.
Your entire family can rent out the Bighorn Mountain Top lodge This is a lodging accommodation you won’t want to miss.
To book your upcoming stay at the Bighorn Mountain Top lodge, or for more information visit our website.
Camping in the Royal Gorge Region
If your family’s Colorado Springs staycation adventures consist of roughing it and sleeping in the wilderness there are a few options within the surrounding area that offer traditional camping accommodations and glamping (luxury camping); however, we, at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, do not offer camping accommodations inside or outside of the park.
Please contact the alternative accommodations within the Royal Gorge region for more information on camping near the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado.
Start Planning Your Family’s Colorado Springs Staycation Adventures
However, you and your family choose to spend your Colorado Springs staycation adventure you should know you will not be disappointed when you pick the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park as the ultimate adventure destination.
We hope to see you and your family soon!
For more information on booking your family’s excursions visit our website.
Best Things to do in Colorado for the Fourth of July — Veteran Monster Truck Event & More at America’s Bridge
As American’s, we know the story.
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)
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.
Calling all adrenaline junkies!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.