Tag: Colorado Adventure

13 Fun Facts About the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

There are so many fun and interesting facts about the Royal Gorge Bridge. From how it began, to all of its impressive intricacies, here are a few tidbits to remember the next time you’re exploring this Colorado wonder.

  • Construction of the bridge began in June 1929

  • The bridge was built in only seven months time

  • The original cost was $350,000 and $100,000 over budget

  • A total 1,292 wooden planks make up the length of the bridge

  • Original builders average wage was $.50 an hour

  • The bridge towers stand 150 high

  • The bridge is 18 feet wide

  • The original toll was $.75 per person

  • The park has attracted upwards of 30 million visitors since opening

  • The bridge held the title of the “world’s highest” from 1929 until 2001

  • The total length is 1,260 feet

  • The original aerial tram opened in 1969

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the site during his campaign in 1936

 

Adventure in the Arkansas Region

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Seeking thrills and heart-pumping fun? There are plenty of ways to catch an adrenaline high in the Royal Gorge region of Colorado. The Arkansas River offers some of the best rafting in the state, and even the country. With rapids ranging from class II-V, there is no lack of whitewater on this river. Book a full day or half day excursion.

The area is well-known for its rich fossil finds and prehistoric history. Make your way up Skyline Drive to view the famous dinosaur tracks. Whether by car, motorcycle or Segway, it can get a bit hairy with no guardrails. However you decide to travel the road, the view is totally worth it.

At the bottom of Skyline Drive, notice the parking area for one of Cañon City’s newest hiking and mountain biking trail system. The system offers users wide dirt paths, singletrack and some technical steep trails. Head up the Graneros trail to meet with Old Skyline Drive, then opt to follow the paved road back down to the bottom or ride the dirt trails back to the parking area. Beginner-level cyclists will enjoy following “Greenhorn” – an easy double-track that runs north to south.

Strap in for a bird’s eye view of the Royal Gorge on the ZipRider Cloudscraper, the highest zip line in North America. Honestly, the day can’t truly end without swinging out on the Royal Rush SkyCoaster. Reach up to 50 mph while swinging stomach-first 1,200 feet above the Arkansas. Make sure to take advantage of the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park’s “High Altitude” package including: bridge admission, the SkyCoaster, and the ZipRider Cloudscraper for a bargain price.

Posted in Adventure, Rides & Attractions, Royal Gorge Region | Tagged Arkansas River, colorado adventure, rafting, royal gorge, Segway, skycoaster, Skyline Drive, zip line

What’s in a Name?

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North America’s highest zip line

In the summer of 2013, the Royal Gorge Bridge lost 48 of the 52 structures due to a fire. But in the wake of challenge, there came an opportunity to grow. And grow we did with new rides, new buildings and an overall unforgettable experience. There were no limits to how high the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park could soar. In fact, our new zip line is now the 2nd highest zip line in North America.

With a fact like that and a phoenix story to boot, Ayla Larsen of Vladimir Jones agency set to work creating a name for this new, amazing zip line. A name that would reflect the indomitable spirit of Royal Gorge Bridge & Park and the awe-inspiring scenery surrounding it. In big cities around the globe, there are buildings that are so tall they pierce the sky – skyscrapers.

The incredible height of the new zip line reminded her of these buildings, as if this zip line was the Colorado version of a skyscraper. Only this zipline is an experience, a journey where you can soar above it all and brush the clouds with your fingertips, a perfect example of rising from the ashes and leaving limitations in the dust. And so, Cloudscraper was born.