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Get the most out of your visit to Royal Gorge Bridge & Park with these tips! See below for information about climate, optimal visiting hours, navigating the Park and more. With this helpful info, you can plan your perfect day of endless adventure!
Transportation & Parking
Get from point A to point B in style. Each travel choice in the Park offers a new angle and experience of the Gorge. Ride the gondolas or meander across the bridge on foot. It’s your move.
All that adventure can make you hungry! Stop by and have a bite at any of our delicious dining options throughout the Park. Grab a slice of pizza, a cut of brisket or a scoop of ice cream before jumping back into the fun. Or all three. We won’t judge.
After a long day of gallivanting at the Park, it’s nice to kick your feet up and have a quiet night in. Stay here at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park’s very own historic, three-bedroom Bighorn Mountaintop Lodge or catch some z’s at one of the lodging facilities in nearby cities. We guarantee you’ll sleep tight.
Furry friends are more than welcome! All you have to do is keep your dog on a leash while walking around the Park. When you’re ready for a ride or entering a building, we have five kennels available, free of charge and sanitized between each use.
Unfortunately, no dogs are permitted on the rides. Also, please bring your own water dish so Fido does not get thirsty in all the excitement. If you have any questions, check with the admissions staff.
Climate & When to Visit
Don’t be left high and dry! The Park is at an altitude of 6,700 feet and in an arid region, so keep hydrated and slather on some sunscreen, even in winter. The Royal Gorge Region lays in the banana belt of Colorado, so the Park is typically 8-10° warmer than Denver and Colorado Springs on any given day.
Please be aware that there is always a breeze in the middle of the bridge, year-round. We love Mother Nature for providing the beautiful backdrop that we have up here, but it’s important to remember that we are in an ever-changing climate. There are also uneven areas in the Park, and steep hills, so be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes.
Colorado weather is unpredictable, and afternoon rainstorms are common, especially in the summer. We recommend visiting as early as possible in the day! If rain, lightning or strong winds roll in, temporary ride closures may occur. Please upgrade your ticket at no extra charge for a second day return!
When to visit:
The Park is open year-round, even on holidays, current hours are from 8AM to 7PM. Rides and attractions open 10AM. During peak tourist season, all attractions are open, weather permitting. During off-season, attractions are limited.
If you would like to see the current weather conditions in the park, check it out here: Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Weather
We do have military discounts on general admission tickets. They must be purchased in person at the Visitor Center.
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Best Park Route & Handicap Accessibility
Best Park Route:
One of the best parts about the Royal Gorge is that we are a one-of-a-kind Mountain & Cliff Side Park!
The easiest route through the Park starts at the Aerial Gondolas on the north side. These are located outside of the Visitor Center on the side of the Cafe 1230 deck. Ride these to the south side, and return on a round trip! Or, walk down to the Bridge, and don’t forget to find Point Sublime, Tommy Knocker Playland or the Plaza Theater!
Looking for some high-altitude rides? Get here early to skip the wait times and start soaring.
The Park is handicap accessible, but please be careful on the steep trails you may find throughout the Park on either side of the gorge. The Southern side of the park has a 200 foot elevation difference from the bridge to the highest point at the South Side Gondolas. Due to this difference, our gondolas are accessible via the Visitor Center on the North Side upon entrance into the park. Come on board for a round trip ride to experience the breathtaking views & scenery.
A wheelchair accessible golf cart is available on a first come, first serve basis at no charge to our guests. Please inquire at the Information Desk (in the Visitor Center) for availability & details.
Sorry, No Bungee Jumping & Vehicles on the Bridge
Although we have had bungee jumping events in the past, there are no future events planned and we do not allow bungee jumping in the Park.
Check out our Skycoaster for an equally thrilling experience!
No personal vehicles will be allowed on the Bridge at any time. Any vehicles seen in the park are company work vehicles. Pre-scheduled car clubs may be given an exception to this rule.
If you have a car club and would like more information, please call 719.276-8310.
Park Security, Dress Code & Smoking
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is private property and we do not allow firearms, weapons, or drones in the park. Royal Gorge Bridge & Park works in conjunction with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security to develop our security policies. Royal Gorge Rangers working on property are the only persons permitted to carry a firearm or weapon.
For your safety we reserve the right to inspect items such as bags, purses, backpacks and any large items such as strollers and coolers upon entrance.
Go Pros are not allowed on the Zip Line or Skycoaster.
We ask that our Guests dress appropriately for our family park environment. Shirts, shorts/pants and shoes are required at all times in the park. Guests wearing clothing or accessories with offensive material will be asked to leave.
After the damage of the Royal Gorge Fire in 2013, smoking is allowed in our outdoor designated areas or in your vehicle. This does include e-cigarettes or vapes of any kind. No smoking is permitted in any buildings or on any rides.
Please be careful with any ash and cigarette butts.
Marijuana of any kind is prohibited in the park.
Persons may be asked to leave who are disruptive and who do not follow these requests.