Earth Day Events & Eco-Friendly Efforts at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Sustainable Operations at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Southern Colorado, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park stands as a beacon of eco-consciousness amidst breathtaking natural beauty. Not only does our park offer unparalleled views of the iconic Royal Gorge, but we also make an effort to keep our commitment to environmental sustainability.

Our self-sufficient water treatment operation is one standout eco-friendly feature of the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. This system not only ensures the cleanliness of our drinking water for our guests but it also plays a vital role in preserving the delicate ecosystem of the Arkansas River below. By treating and returning the water we use throughout the park back into the river, we are demonstrating our dedication to maintaining the pristine natural habitats that make Colorado the haven for outdoor enthusiasts that it is known to be.

This month’s blog focuses on a myriad of our sustainable efforts. Mark your calendar for this year’s special Earth Day events on April 21st, and keep an eye out for a new established nest for the American Kestrel at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. This is our effort in collaboration with Nature’s Educators to foster awareness and take action in addressing the decline of this bird in Colorado.

Earth Day Events at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Because of the importance we place on sustainability and conservation at our park in Colorado, we added new events for Earth Day at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. Join us on Sunday, April 21, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for an exciting eco-friendly lineup of activities aimed at shining a spotlight on environmental conservation and our love for Colorado’s outdoors.

Earth Day at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Our Earth Day festivities promise something for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned nature enthusiast or just looking to dip your toes into the world of conservation. Step into the wild with walking tours around our park led by experts from Nature’s Educators. Then, join them at the Plaza Theater to get up close and see live Birds of Prey demonstrations.

Plus, who better to teach us about Colorado wildfire prevention and forest conservation than the legendary Smokey Bear? Get ready to learn some invaluable tips and tricks from the icon himself at America’s Highest Suspension Bridge.

Our partner booths scattered throughout the park on Sunday, April 21st will offer even more opportunities to get hands-on with Mother Nature. From interactive Earth Day activities to eye-opening live animal demonstrations, these booths are your gateway to engaging with environmental organizations like never before.

And don’t forget, mentioning ‘Earth Day’ at the gate gets you access to all this excitement for just $15 a person (ages 3 and up), with an even sweeter deal of $10 for our beloved season pass holders. Little ones aged 2 and under? They get in on the Earth Day fun for free!

After soaking up all that knowledge and eco-friendly energy, why not treat yourself to a breathtaking ride on our Zip Line and Skycoaster? It’s the perfect way to cap off a day filled with education, exploration, and, most importantly, heaps of fun to take in the beauty of the Royal Gorge after learning so much. So mark your calendars, gather your crew, and join us for an Earth Day celebration like no other in the heart of Southern Colorado’s stunning natural landscape. We can’t wait to see you there!

Wildlife Education & Conservation in Southern Colorado

Mark your calendars to celebrate Earth Day at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park on Sunday, April 21st, 2024 for a day full of eco-friendly fun and learning experiences. Mention “EARTH DAY” at the gate for $15 admission (April 21st only). Join Nature’s Educators along walking tours throughout the park and live Birds of Prey demonstrations at the Plaza Theater, then hear from Smokey Bear at America’s Highest Suspension Bridge to learn more about wildfire prevention in Colorado.

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park takes conservation efforts further by actively engaging our millions of yearly visitors in environmental education. As guests traverse the park, they’re invited to delve into the rich tapestry of our region’s ecosystem, learning about diverse flora and fauna and the importance of preserving these precious resources.

For example, our teams are working closely with Nature’s Educators teams to add to our conservation initiatives. The newest nature-focused addition to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is the installation of nesting boxes for the American Kestrel, a small falcon species facing decline in Colorado. Our teams follow the NestWatch Code of Conduct to ensure responsible birdwatching and conservation with these nesting boxes in our park. This process emphasizes minimal disturbance to nesting birds and their habitats. NestWatch encourages individuals to report observations ethically, ensuring all actions contribute positively to scientific understanding and conservation efforts. By adhering to these guidelines, we contribute valuable data while safeguarding the well-being of nesting Kestrels and their fragile ecosystems. Visitors are encouraged to keep an eye out for these majestic birds soaring overhead, fostering a deeper appreciation for the delicate balance of nature that thrives within the Royal Gorge.

From our dedicated support for the American Kestrel population to the myriad Earth Day events that bring together nature enthusiasts of all ages on April 21st, we’ve seen firsthand the transformative power of environmental stewardship. As we continue to nurture the delicate balance of ecosystems in Southern Colorado, let’s not forget the vital role played by initiatives like our water treatment system, which ensures the health of the Arkansas River and its surrounding habitats. Together, we stand as guardians of our natural world, committed to preserving its beauty and biodiversity for generations to come. Thank you for joining us on this journey toward a greener, more sustainable future in Colorado.