Category: Events & Holiday

Give the Gift of Colorado this Holiday

Looking for some last minute, ColoRADo gifts this holiday season? Stop in our picturesque Visitor Center to take in the view and pick of a few unique items.

Crochet hats, scarves and headbands

Show your state pride with one of these cozy knits

Deck the Halls

Make sure to mark your visit with a memento for the tree with a pristine ornament

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Pictures of Bridges Danced in Their Heads

Grab Eve Nagode’s award-winning book featuring breathtaking photos of the one and only Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

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Glittering Gold

Adorn friends and family with gold and silver-coated aspen leaves straight from the Rocky Mountains

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Gettin’ Salty
Himalayan salt lamps are all the rage and provide many healing and health benefits, plus they just look super cool.
Posted in Family Friendly, Rides & Attractions, Royal Gorge Region

 

Haunted Fun in Canon City

Woodpecker Hill

Halloween is just around the corner and there are a few extra visitors that wander around the Arkansas region after dark. Here are a few places you may bump in to them.

A resting place for dead prisoners

Greenwood Cemetery’s Woodpecker Hill

The bluff that sits above Greenwood Cemetery doesn’t hold the revered members of society. A resting place for dead prisoners, the wooden place markers that have been damaged by woodpeckers give the eerie spot its namesake. The spot holds the remains of the last man ever executed by a “Colorado-specific” designed hanging apparatus that would often decapitate its victims.

St. Cloud Hotel

This vacant 1888 hotel location is said to be the home of some playful ghosts. previous guests mentioned seeing the ghost of a young girl playing with a ball in the hallways as well as entities liking to play tricks on those staying there.

Museum of Colorado Prisons

The museum  is rumored to have some lingering spirits in the form of  cold spots and scents of phantom tobacco. Cell 19 is said to be haunted by a female prisoner who passed away there. Photographs have shown ghost orbs and the sound of coughing has come from the empty cell. Extra brave visitors can even spend the night if interested with hosted paranormal investigations.

Old Glendale Stagecoach Station

The 1861 eerie ruins of the old Glendale Stagecoach Station are said to be haunted by a “gray” lady Kathleen Cooper. Katherine was singing in 1877 when gold prospector Julian LaSalle first met her, and they fell in love. But Julian had business to attend to. She said she’d wait for him. He was robbed and murdered. She fell in to despair and finally died of a self-inflicted wound. It’s been reported she haunts the location in her wedding dress.

Celebrate 4th of July at the Royal Gorge Bridge

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is decked out in red, white, and blue to celebrate Independence Day, July 3-6, with special entertainment for a fun four-day weekend, said Mike Bandera, Vice-President and General Manager.

This will be the first Fourth of July the park is able to offer a fully-open park since the Royal Gorge Fire of 2013. “Adventure, good food, and awesome scenery is a good way to celebrate this summer holiday,” said Bandera.

The Geezers will be playing every day from 12:30 to 4:30 on the Entertainment Stage right next to Bridge View BBQ featuring sodas, suds, and barbecue. Zany Paint face painters will be at the newly-opened Children’s Playland, 12:30 to 4:30, free for kids.

The new Giant Children’s Playland for kids ages 5-12 is the newest attraction to open in the park, said Bandera. The Playland features a two-story climbing structure, with nets, slides, and bridges, and sits next to the Carousel (for kids of all ages!), a Maze, Splash Pad water feature, and the Wax Hand shop.

General Admission includes the brand new Aerial Tramway, special shows at the Plaza Theater, the Magic of Christian Augustine, and the April Vollm Show, featuring acrobatics and silks, North America’s Highest Suspension Bridge and several other features. Two thrill rides, the highest zip line in America, the Royal Gorge Cloudscraper by Zip Rider fly’s guests across the Royal Gorge, 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River, and the World’s Scariest Skycoaster, the Royal Rush, sitting on the edge of the Royal Gorge are available as extra pay attractions with admission.

Café 1230 with a deck hanging 1,230 feet over the Royal Gorge has lunch, snacks, beverages, a full service bar, and dinner served from 5-7 pm.

Admission for adults is $23, Seniors, 60+, $21, and Children 4-11, $18. An automatic $2 discount is available for those guests who pre-purchase online tickets www.royalgorgebridge.com. Royal Rush Skycoaster tickets are $25 for one rider, $25 for two, and $60 for three riders. The Royal Gorge Cloudscraper is $40 per rider. Park hours are 9:30 am- 7:00 pm, July 3-6. For more information call 888-333-5597.