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The Most Beautiful Place To Stay in Colorado – Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Most Beautiful Places to Stay in Colorado - Bighorn Lodge

In our opinion, Colorado is one of the most beautiful states in the entire country.

When you reserve the Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park for your Colorado adventure you’ll experience not only one of the most beautiful regions in the state but one of the most beautiful places to stay in Colorado.

Here’s some information about why the Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge is one of the most beautiful places to stay in Colorado and some of the most frequently asked questions about this spectacular accommodation at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

What is the Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge?

Our exclusive mountain rental home at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, the Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge, sits on the very edge of the famous (infamous is negative)Royal Gorge.

The Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge is a 1,500-square-foot rental home that is positioned perfectly. Guests stay above the Arkansas River with the ability to watch a sunset over the surrounding  Sangre De Cristo Mountain range and wake up with the sun in their face from a beautiful Colorado sunrise. 

This magnificent lodge is made up of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fireplace lounge, a dining room, and some of the most spectacular views of the Royal Gorge Bridge. . Other amenities you can expect during your stay include an accessible washer and dryer, queen-sized beds, a grilling and outdoor dining area that provides some of the most picturesque views of the Royal Gorge Region, and more.

The size and amenities of  the Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge  accommodations, and its  location , make it one of the most spectacular and beautiful places to stay in Colorado.

Most Beautiful Places to Stay in Colorado - Bighorn Lodge

Can You Rent One Room In The Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge or Just The Entire Lodge?

As we mentioned above, the Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge is made up of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fireplace lounge, a dining room, some of the most spectacular views of the Royal Gorge region, and more. You are reserving the entire home away from home.

This space is also perfect for family reunions, staycations, celebrations, and other group activities. The Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge is not a hotel, but more of a local home perfect for smaller groups of 50 and under. If you’re interested in only renting one room we suggest getting a few of your friends together to split one of the most beautiful places to stay in Colorado. 

Can You Access the Royal Gorge Bridge &  Park From The Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge?

The Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge sits on the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park property, but you will have to leave the Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge area to fully experience the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. Lodge guests who reserve their visit will not only experience some of the most spectacular views Colorado has to offer, but they will also receive a discount on park admission tickets.

Are Pets Allowed In the Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge?

Yes, pets are welcome to accompany you on your stay at one of the most beautiful places   in Colorado for a  $25 non-refundable pet fee. 

Please be aware that the Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge is on the edge of the Royal Gorge and sits above the Arkansas River. We strongly advise keeping your pets on a leash when they are outside of the Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge.

How Do I Book My Reservation at the Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge?

Ready to have your mind blown by experiencing one of the most beautiful places to stay in Colorado? Simply check the lodge’s availability on our website. Once you find the time you’d like to book the Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge call us at 719.276.8320.

Check-in time is anytime after 4pm and checkout is anytime before 11 am. 

What are you waiting for? Book your reservation today and start checking things off your Colorado bucket list!

A Bucket List Halloween Adventure – Boo at the Bridge

Colorado Bucket list Halloween Adventures

Embrace the spooky season and experience a bucket list Halloween adventure — Boo at the Bridge at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park!

 We love and look forward to the Halloween season at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. 

Halloween at Boo at the Bridge is the one time during the year where costumes, makeup, wigs, and more are encouraged. People of all ages can dress up to be superheroes, witches, goblins, or whatever they want to be.

Participate in a different type of Halloween event this year by visiting Boo at the Bridge at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park! 

Here is everything you need to know about the sixth annual Boo at the Bridge.

What is Boo At The Bridge?

Boo at the Bridge is the annual Halloween trick or treat celebration at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. 

We partner with a series of local businesses to provide the ultimate trick or treating experience for our guests.

This park event encourages guests to come in their Halloween best and experience the thrill of the Royal Gorge Bridge after hours! Keeping the park open after hours does not happen often!

As guests walk across the bridge they will be able to trick or treat with the partnered local businesses. Be sure to bring your trick or treat bag  so you don’t miss out on any of the treats!

Vendors decorate their booths and wear costumes too, so the entire park will be participating!

When is The Boo At The Bridge Event?

This bucket list Halloween adventure is only happening on Saturday, October 24th from 4 pm – 7:30 pm. 

 Our guests enjoy having a unique Halloween trick or treat experience.   Some have said it’s better than the traditional neighborhood Halloween trick or treat activities.  

Colorado Bucket list Halloween Adventures

Tickets: Where to Buy Them, What You Get & More 

Tickets to this ultimate bucket list Halloween adventure are currently available on our website. Visitors do not have to pre-purchase tickets; however, we strongly recommend purchasing yours before you get to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park on the day of the event as this will expedite the admission process and help create social distancing.  Please print off your web ticket with the barcode if you prefer touchless entry.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Online: $10/person

In Park: $12/person

In Park Season Pass Holders: $7/person

Children 3 and under: FREE

With a ticket purchase, visitors will be able to trick or treat at the exhilarating Royal Gorge Bridge. Attractions (zipline, gondola, skycoaster) will not be available. Cafe 1230 in the Visitor Center will be open and food carts will be stationed around the park. 

COVID Precautions 

As we continue to live with the COVID pandemic, we understand and appreciate the concern for staying healthy. We believe this event is a definite bucket list Halloween adventure, and steps are being taken to keep our employees and guests safe from this illness.

We will be abiding by COVID precautions set by the CDC and Fremont County. In particular, we will be enforcing social distancing and mandatory masks inside buildings for all guests. Masks are encouraged to be worn outside.    We can’t wait to see what our guests come up with to decorate their COVID masks!

Also, this year we’ll be having one-way traffic where guests will follow signs and arrows. Vendors will be physically handing individually packaged candy to each visitor or dropping the candy into the guests’ bag or container. Guests will not be able to grab candy out of a bowl.  We encourage guests to bring their own trick or treat bag and wash their hands along the paths.

Due to some of these regulations, wait times will be longer than in previous years.   Guest entrance will be staggered into the park to allow social distancing.  Please be patient and take in some of the most spectacular views at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

What Are You Waiting For?

It will be an absolute treat to have you and your family here. What are you waiting for? Add this bucket list Halloween adventure to your calendar. 

Book your tickets online now.

Best Historical Site in Colorado To Bring the Kids to Before & During The School Year

est Historical Sites in Colorado For Kids

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 ColoradoBest Historical Sites in Colorado For Kids

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? 

Book your tickets now, and beat the lines!

 

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Treat Your Family to A Colorado Springs Staycation Adventures at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park in Colorado

Colorado Springs Staycation Adventures

This year has definitely been out of the ordinary. Colorado Springs Staycation Adventures

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

Via Ferrata

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.

Cloudscraper Zipline

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

Best things to do in Colorado

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.

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.

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.  Best Things To Do in Colorado for Memorial Day Weekend

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.

Why Visit Royal Gorge Bridge and Park for Summer Break

laces to Visit in Colorado for Summer Break

Places to Visit in Colorado for Summer BreakNot 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. 

Aerial Gondola

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!

Lookout Areas

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

Outdoor Rock Climbing in Colorado

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.

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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.

5 Ways to Save Money at the Royal Gorge Bridge

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Near Colorado Springs

 

1. Purchase Your Tickets Online  Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Near Colorado Springs

 

Pre-purchase your tickets online and receive a $2 per person discount. Tickets purchased online are valid for one year from the purchase date. 

Also, military members, when you pre-purchase your tickets online don’t forget to bring your military ID with you to the park because we offer a military discount to all active and retired military members and their party.

 

2.  Second-Day Entry

 

Spoiler alert: every single purchased general admission ticket includes second-day entry for the very next day only, which means two entire days full of Royal Gorge views and fun. Prior to your first-day departure, present your ticket to the Admissions Staff who will validate it for your next day’s return.

If you plan on hanging around the Royal Gorge Bridge area or have a day trip from Colorado Springs or the surrounding area make sure you hang onto your validated ticket so you can re-enter the park for free.

 

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 the Whole Gang!  

Have a family reunion, or maybe just a large extended family?   A group of 20 or more receives a special group rate. Reservations and one lump sum payment required. Contact our sales department at 719.276.8320 to coordinate your group outing.

 

5. Bridge Only Tickets 

 

Looking to experience the architectural wonder that is the Royal Gorge and Park near Colorado Springs, CO, but don’t have time to experience the entire park?

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.  This ticket does not include any other park attractions but you will get to go across iconic America’s Highest Suspension  Bridge near Colorado Springs, CO.