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Best Things to do in Colorado for the Fourth of July — Veteran Monster Truck Event & More at America’s Bridge

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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.

3 High Altitude Thrills — Colorado Attractions at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

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Calling all adrenaline junkies!Extreme Colorado Attractions

The Royal Gorge Bridge has been around since 1929, and in 2003, the Royal Gorge Bridge introduced a free-falling attraction, where visitors were able to swing out over the edge of the gorge 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River — talk about an adrenaline rush.

We know you love activities that get your blood pumping and we understand there are different extreme sports out there that can do just that — some are at sea level, while others are on or in the ocean, but have you thought about high altitude extreme attractions? In particular, have you added any of the extreme Colorado attractions at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park to your bucket list?

If not, you should.

Here are three of the top altitude thrills at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park that we think will have you itching for more.

  1. Royal Rush Skycoaster: Basically A Free Falling Roller Coaster

The main attraction at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park has always been the bridge, but now there are additional adrenaline rush activities available.

People have started calling the skycoaster “the world’s scariest skycoaster.” On this ride, 1-3 people lay on their stomachs and are strapped together to soar through the air. Children are allowed on this ride but must be able to fit in a flight suit beforehand.  This is definitely an attraction not for the faint of heart!.

Visit our website to view our other restrictions before you plan on experiencing this Colorado attraction.

  1. Cloudscraper Zipline by ZipRider: A Colorado Zipline

With the Royal Rush Skycoaster so popular, the park started building new attractions taking advantage of the heights of the Royal Gorge,  they could introduce to not only the park but the state of Colorado. This adrenaline attraction wasn’t introduced until 2015.

This attraction was introduced when the park was rebuilding due to a wildfire that burnt the majority of the park in 2013, along with burning approximately 100 out of 1,292 planks of the famous bridge.

The park hosted a grand reopening in 2015 and introduced a new exhilarating zipline to the park and all of Colorado. Today, this zipline is one of Colorado’s #1 bucket lists experiences because visitors are able to fly 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River with the help of a few harnesses and braking systems.

This is definitely not an attraction for anyone who is scared of heights. There are some height and weight requirements, so make sure you review them before you plan your visit.

  1. Royal Gorge Via Ferrata:  A Colorado Rock Climbing Experience Of A Lifetime

Now for the newest adrenaline attraction — the Via Ferrata.

The Via Ferrata was opened last year to celebrate the park’s 90th anniversary and allow visitors to get a different perspective of the gorge walls while having a once in a lifetime experience.

Via Ferrata is a new experience for the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, but its history dates back to WWI. Soldiers built and used this system as a way to traverse the mountainous terrain in a more direct and timely manner. Along with being used at the Royal Gorge as a Colorado attraction, it is also an experience used in the Swiss Alps and popular in Europe.

When you book a Via Ferrata excursion, you’re getting a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  During the Via Ferrata experience, climbers are guided up the sides of the ancient gorge walls where they are able to see a completely different perspective than the one they would get traditionally standing on the bridge.

The Royal Gorge Via Ferrata is a protected system using iron rungs and steel cables to keep the climber attached at all times.  There are beginner to expert routes so if you have ever thought about climbing, this may be the perfect experience for you.  Don’t worry about equipment,  helmets, shoes (in most sizes), and harnesses are provided  Recommended ages are 10 and up.

This is definitely an attraction that is made for the adrenaline junkies. Get an idea of what the Via Ferrata perspective looks like by visiting our website.  

Have You Started Adding These Attractions To Your Bucket List?

There you have it, when you add these three high altitude thrill attractions to your bucket list you’ll be experiencing more than an adrenaline rush, you’ll be experiencing once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

What are you waiting for? Which one of these attractions sounds like it would be your favorite? Stop waiting.

Buy your tickets and find out for yourself.

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.

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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.