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Be a Rad and Respectful Colorado Traveler

 

Colorado is home to some of the most breathtaking sites, scenes and outdoor recreation the country has to offer. Millions of travelers come from near and far to experience the unrivaled beauty of our state. With so many visitors enjoying our natural landscapes and resources, we kindly ask that you show these places the love and respect they deserve by being a responsible visitor.

Less Waste

  • Bring along a reusable water bottle or tumbler to stay hydrated and contribute less waste while hiking, biking and adventuring
  • Stay on the path. Trails are in designated places to ensure natural wonders stay as natural as possible. Make sure to camp at least 200 feet away from lakes, rivers and streams.
  • Trash it. Make sure to properly dispose of trash and even food items, as well as pick up anything that may be there before you to maintain a great outdoor space.

Beat the Heat

  • Be mindful of any fire restrictions or high fire warnings, especially in windy and dry seasons.
  • If building a campfire, be sure it is small and manageable and make sure to put it out entirely.
  • If you do smoke outdoors, be sure to put your butts out entirely and take them with you. Many roadside fires spark due to still burning butts.

Keep Wildlife Wild

  • The state is home to an array of awesome plants and wildlife, please take care not to stray the path and destroy homes and plants.
  • Do not feed or approach wildlife, you are in their home and we want to keep the best ecosystem possible. No matter how cool it looks in your feed, please think of them first.
  • Pick up the dog poo and keep your furry friends leashed for their safety and yours.

Leave it as you find it for others to enjoy! There are a number of ways to help give back to our outdoor impressiveness, like these four opportunities courtesy of the Fremont Adventure Recreation.

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

 

Romance in the Royal Gorge

With Valentine’s less than a week away, here are some very Colorado-esque things to enjoy as a couple in the Royal Gorge region. It’s easy to impress with a hand-packed picnic afternoon at one of these breathtaking backdrops. Whether your sweetie loves adventure or is a tad leery of heights, a ride on our shiny red POMA gondolas is the perfect excuse for a little cuddle and hand-holding. Relax with a tasty glass of wine on one of the Park’s sitting areas or overlooks.

Cañon City is famous for our Chocolate Walk each February. Snag tickets to enjoy a sugar-filled stop at one of 50+ local businesses. Even better? All proceeds go to supporting the Cañon City Music and Blossom Festival held each spring. For a super special experience, take Colorado Jeep Tours most popular excursion, the half-day Royal Gorge Jeep Tour. Enjoy area views, and our beautiful bridge, from the inside of a custom-crafted Jeep. Commitment in the cards? Ask about their new proposal package.

There’s so much to enjoy here in the area, we suggest making it an entire weekend adventure. Book a night or two in our Bighorn Mountain Top Lodge, or nearby Royal Gorge Cabins for unforgettable panoramas of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Santa Paws Seeks Fur-ever Home for Four Best Friends

Santa Paws (shh it’s really Ranger Pete, but don’t tell the pups) 🐾 and his adorable elves are ruffin’ it in Colorado this Christmas at North America’s highest suspension bridge. He only asked us fur one thing this year, to give his four bestest friends, and North Pole helpers, a fur-ever home.

Rocky, a two-year-old male Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler mix, loves rockin’ around the Christmas tree, and belly rubs.

Three-year-old Allie is a real people person. She’s a red heeler who sits pretty, works hard and plays hard, for treats of course.

Bear, the border collie knows all kinds of magic tricks and is happiest when he’s on an adventure. He’s at the top of his class and has the best of manners.

Chert the three-year-old lab mix has white-tipped twinkle toes and her favorite hobby is snuggling in for a winter’s nap after a day full of play. She’s known for her warm, welcoming butt wiggles.

Pete, er, Santa asks that everyone take the time to paws and remember his tail-rriffic friends this holiday season. The Fremont County Humane Society is always in need of Dog and Cat Food, go to www.humanesocietyfremontcounty.org for approved brands.

Please come visit us at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. You never know who you’ll come across.

3 Wacky Roadside Attractions Not to be Missed

The John May “Bug Museum” offers what is now considered one of the world’s outstanding collections of giant insects, related creatures and rare artifacts. Even though the main collection contains over one hundred thousand invertebrates, about 8,000 are all that are shown to the general public because this is all a person can look at in one visit. The museum is easily found off Highway 50 as there is a large beetle on the side of the road that is a fairly difficult to miss.

The Di Nardo twins are known over for their famous, fresh-made cider as much as they are for their personalities. For more than six decades, Mario and Albert having been making fruity beverages and selling them from their charming Di Nardo’s Cider Mill & Farm Market roadside location. The most coveted flavor is the cherry delight, but make sure to browse the shelves for random produce, knick-knacks and mementos.  

The site of the former World’s Largest Rocking Chair, Doxey’s Apple Shed, is long closed. However, the chair is still very visible. Those who stop can even snap a photo or two through the fence. Built in 1990, the chair sits at 21 feet tall, 14 feet wide, 9,100 pounds.

Holiday Happenings Around the Royal Gorge Region

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“Twas the Night Before Christmas” Performances – December 7-9, 14-16, 2018

Head to the Historic Church Conservancy to enjoy live music and performances by members of the Fremont Civic Theatre. In conjunction with a Loaves and Fishes food drive, they ask that guests also bring a non-perishable food item in addition to a purchased ticket.

Christmas Show at the Bell Tower – December 10, 2018

Join the Florence Arts Council for a festive evening full of holiday fun as they present their annual holiday show. Make sure to stop by their Member Art Show through January 4, 2019, to pick up something special.

Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience – December

Only in Colorado, will you find a Santa-saurus Rex. Head to this prehistoric hotspot through the end of the year to enjoy the museum decked out in holiday cheer.

Cripple Creek Gold Camp Christmas

Take a drive with a self-guided tour through this ghost town’s mine headframes, decorated with impressive Christmas light displays. Go directly to Victor via your own transportation.

New Year’s Eve Masquerade – December 31, 2018

The Florence Chamber of Commerce hosts their second annual New Year’s celebration complete with dinner, dancing, costumes and more. Price includes food, dancing and a champagne toast at Midnight.

Fremont Adventure Recreation Resolution Run – January 1, 2019

This race will ring in the New Year with FAR at the Pueblo Community College Fremont Campus towards Tunnel Drive. Participants can choose from a 5k or 10k course with snacks and prizes at the finish line.

Of course, you can visit the seasonally decorated Royal Gorge Bridge & Park during the entire holiday season, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (weather dependent).