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A Colorado Springs Adventure That is Also An Architectural Wonder — The Royal Gorge Bridge

A Historical Colorado Springs Adventure

In 1929, the world’s highest suspension bridge was constructed — The Royal Gorge Bridge. 

Although the Royal Gorge Bridge may no longer hold that title, let’s think about where we were in terms of technology in 1929. 

In 2020, a construction like this doesn’t seem that impressive. We now have the technology to construct buildings, bridges, spaceships, cars, and everything in between.

However, in 1929, the first flight around the world took place; scientists had virtually no idea what was beyond Earth, and the most common car people drove in was Henry Ford’s, Model T.

A Historical Colorado Springs Adventure

Source: Henry Ford’s Model T Wikimedia

 

With all this being said, it really puts in perspective how amazing the construction of a 1,260-foot bridge over the Arkansas Bridge really is.

The Royal Gorge Bridge is located an hour south of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is the perfect excursion for a Colorado Springs adventure. 

Here are a few other fun historical facts about the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

What Makes The Royal Gorge Bridge, “America’s Bridge?”

As we just stated, the bridge was built in 1929, it has seen the majority of our country’s historical events. Beginning its longstanding history, the bridge was constructed with roughly 80 workers happy to have a job, right before the Great Depression hit.    

The bridge utilized American workers and American ingenuity, which put the United States in the spotlight all around the world as having just built the world’s highest suspension bridge. 

The bridge is 100% American, and it sits next to America’s Mountain — Pikes Peak. 

It is America’s highest bridge today. With all of these long-standing connections to American history, the Royal Bridge is obviously “America’s Bridge.”  

Construction Took Only A Few Months & It was Super Expensive  A Historical Colorado Springs Adventure

In fact, the Royal Gorge Bridge was built in seven months, and no serious injury or death occurred during the construction of the bridge. 

This is particularly monumental because in today’s day and age, according to the experts the majority of construction projects are notoriously late and report many serious injuries.    

Although the Royal Gorge Bridge was constructed quickly and safely, it was outrageously over budget — about $100,000 over budget, which today would equivocate to about $20 million dollars. 

Whoa. 

A Place That Participated In Hosting Records and Historical Happenings

Since the Royal Gorge Bridge’s opening, the bridge has hosted approximately 27 million visitors and experienced some of history’s most historically significant events.

Some of the historical events the bridge has experienced include the Great Depression, WWI & WWII, and many more. 

Along with these historical events, it also hosted Franklin Roosevelt. Roosevelt claimed the bridge to be “one of the finest scenic spots in the whole of the United States.”

The wonderful thing about the Royal Gorge Bridge is you don’t need to be an extreme adventurer to enjoy the Royal Gorge Bridge. However, there have been several previous extreme events take place at the bridge before. Some of these things include presidential visits, a stage for several movies, movie star visits including John Wayne,  free rappelling records, jet pack flight, and more.

The experiences and events the bridge has hosted and been a part of, all come together to make it an architectural wonder. 

What Are You Waiting For?

There’s no denying the amazing stories and history that is associated with the Royal Gorge Bridge. From the construction to the experience, and everything in between, the bridge is definitely an architectural wonder.

What are you waiting for? Have you chosen to make the Royal Gorge Bridge your next Colorado Springs adventure? Buy your tickets now and be part of the wonder.

5 Ways to Save Money at the Royal Gorge Bridge

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Near Colorado Springs

 

1. Purchase Your Tickets Online  Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Near Colorado Springs

 

Pre-purchase your tickets online and receive a $2 per person discount. Tickets purchased online are valid for one year from the purchase date. 

Also, military members, when you pre-purchase your tickets online don’t forget to bring your military ID with you to the park because we offer a military discount to all active and retired military members and their party.

 

2.  Second-Day Entry

 

Spoiler alert: every single purchased general admission ticket includes second-day entry for the very next day only, which means two entire days full of Royal Gorge views and fun. Prior to your first-day departure, present your ticket to the Admissions Staff who will validate it for your next day’s return.

If you plan on hanging around the Royal Gorge Bridge area or have a day trip from Colorado Springs or the surrounding area make sure you hang onto your validated ticket so you can re-enter the park for free.

 

3. Kids Under Five Are Free

 

An amazing experience for the entire family, we love making memories that will last.

Children aged five and under are always free at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park.

4. Bring the Whole Gang!  

Have a family reunion, or maybe just a large extended family?   A group of 20 or more receives a special group rate. Reservations and one lump sum payment required. Contact our sales department at 719.276.8320 to coordinate your group outing.

 

5. Bridge Only Tickets 

 

Looking to experience the architectural wonder that is the Royal Gorge and Park near Colorado Springs, CO, but don’t have time to experience the entire park?

Head to the Ranger Station onsite from 8 – 10 a.m. and one hour before closing to purchase bridge-only tickets for a discounted price.  This ticket does not include any other park attractions but you will get to go across iconic America’s Highest Suspension  Bridge near Colorado Springs, CO.

Live Noteworthy 2019 Summer Music Performances at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Live Music at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Find a summer full of live performances and music at America’s Bridge in Colorado.

From bluegrass to country, and many other music genres in between, there’s something for the entire family to enjoy this summer through Labor Day 2019

Live entertainment is included with general admission tickets. 

These special performances will take place at Elk Park Amphitheater from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Lawn seating is first-come, first-serve.

Here’s the some of the bands who are playing throughout the 2019 summer months and up until Labor Day.

Flying W Wranglers

The sounds of the American cowboy return to America’s Bridge The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park near Colorado Springs with multiple Flying W Wrangler performances. 

The Glory days of the American cowboy have been relegated to a bygone era that ended over 100 years ago. Yet, the romantic legend of the cowboy lives on in song. 

Join us for performances by the Flying W Wranglers at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado this summer, the world’s second-oldest western singing group, this June, July, and August.

Flying W Wranglers Performance Dates When:

Sunday, June 16, 2019
Sunday, July 7, 2019
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Sunday, September 1, 2019

Ashley Barron

Ashley Barron pulls a lot of her musical style from Pulling her inspiration country music greats like Johnny Cash and Miranda Lambert.

Barron embraces the powerful and independent countrywoman aura in her singing and songwriting and strives to create relatable music from her personal hardships and experiences.  

We understand country and non-country music fans alike to enjoy Ashley Barron’s musical talent. Join us on July 4th, 2019 for a performance you won’t want to miss.

Ashley Barron Performance Dates :
July 4, 2019

Grass It Up 

Grass It Up is a This group that showcases the feeling of life in the American West, offering a unique brand of Americana combining the sounds of country, rock, bluegrass, ragtime, and folk influences. 

Their stories translate to timeless songs, which they have been producing on their own since 2005, touch the hearts of their listeners. 

The band is renowned for its engaging performances, thought-provoking songwriting, and high energy.

Join us for Grass It Up’s riveting performances at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado this summer.

Grass It Up Performance Dates:

Sunday, June 30, 2019
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Powell Brothers 

Founded in 2014 by brothers Blake and Taylor, The Powell Brothers sound boasts a unique blend of genres, amazing musicianship, and thoughtful lyrics. 

The group’s first full-length album releases this year.

Join us for some of The Powell Brother’s eventful performances this July at America’s Bridge near Colorado Springs.

The Powell Brothers Performance Dates:

Sunday, July 28, 2019

For More Information

For more information on our upcoming concerts, the Elk Park Amphitheater at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado, and more, visit the upcoming events page on our website.  

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park’s 90th Anniversary Coloring Contest Near Colorado Springs

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park near CO Springs 2019 coloring contest

We’re so excited for this year because our very own Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is turning 90 years old!

To celebrate the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado’s 90th birthday, we’ve partnered with the Bank of the San Juans for a special 90th-anniversary celebration coloring contest. 

How Do You Enter the Coloring Contest?

First, aspiring artists of various ages will download the coloring sheet and color it based on their artistic style. 

Then, the artist can take their final product and submit it by mail or drop their masterpiece off at any Fremont County bank branch location.

How Will The Coloring Contest Winner Be Chosen?

Bank of the San Juans employees will select 10 entries from each age group by May 2nd, 2019.

 These 10 selected entries will be posted in the lobbies of the branches in Fremont County that will then be voted on by members of the community from May 3rd – 10th, 2019

Winners will be announced and notified on May 15th, 2019!

Make sure to stop by the Bank of the San Juans booth at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado on Saturday, April 27 & 28, 2019 to pick up some swag.  

Prizes For The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park’s Coloring Contest

Prizes are broken down per age group (Under 6 and 7 to 10) — both age groups will have first, second, and third prizes.

First Prize
Royal Gorge Annual Family Pass

Second Prize
$100.00 gift card

Third Prize
$50.00 gift card

Contest Rules:

Age groups are broken down as follows:

Under 6 Infants – 6 years old

7 to 10 7 years old – 10 years old

Acceptable Coloring Materials:

The following are the coloring materials that are accepted for the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park’s 90th-anniversary coloring contest – crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils.

Not Acceptable Coloring Materials:

Gluing, stapling, paper clipping, or any other additions of any extra materials or embellishments are allowed.

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado Judging Protocol

Entries will be judged on neatness, use of color, and eye appeal.

Pictures may be duplicated, but each child may only submit one entry.

Deadline

All entries must be submitted either in person or mailed to any Bank of the San Juans location within Fremont County by Tuesday, April 30th, 2019.

Branch locations:

Canon City 816 Royal Gorge Blvd.
2101 Fremont Drive
Florence 401 East Main Street

Terms and Conditions

Winners will be asked to sign a PHOTOGRAPH/MEDIA CONSENT AND RELEASE, as they will be featured in various Bank of the San Juans promotions.

Relatives of employees employed by Royal Gorge Bridge or Bank of the San Juans are not eligible for this contest. 

All entries will become the property of Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Colorado and Bank of the San Juans.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

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.

Get Ready to Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger programs are a fantastic way to enjoy area attractions with a big ole’ side dose of learning. The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park’s Junior Ranger Program, thanks to Centura Health, is the perfect way to play inside the park. Even better? It’s included with your general admission ticket.

This real-time series of puzzles feature ways to find letters and numbers all while learning about the great history in the Royal Gorge region of Colorado. Two different programs mean the perfect trivia fit for ages up to seven and a bit more challenging option for ages eight and up.

Little legs will enthusiastically race around our grounds to the final payoff, a nice, shiny and totally official Junior Ranger Badge they can proudly display at their next show-and-tell, they even have the chance to be sworn into their duties onsite.

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.

New Trails in the New Year

Guest Post: Ashlee Sack of Fremont Adventure Recreation

Been there, seen that? Not in the Royal Gorge Region! Home to one of the most beautiful and iconic natural wonders in the state, Cañon City offers more than just beautiful weather and whitewater rafting. In 2018, you’ll find miles of new trails that are perfect for hiking, biking and strolling. Numerous trail systems, including the region’s newest – the Royal Gorge Park Trails – will keep you busy as you find inspiring overlooks, soaring vistas and scenic climbs.

Royal Gorge Park Trails 

The landscape of this 5,000-acre park has rocky outcroppings that stand out from the panoramic horizon of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the distance. Whether you’re looking for a 15-mile ride or a quick three-mile hike, the Royal Gorge Park will help you keep your resolution to explore more.

Looking for a shorter hike with big rewards? Start your ride or hike at the Canyon Rim Trailhead, located on CR3A. You’ll catch views of the Royal Gorge, including unmatched views of the famed Royal Gorge Bridge. You may even see the Arkansas River winding its way through the 1,000-foot canyon. For bikers, the short Rock Hardy spur (which bisects the loop) offers some great technical climbing over slick rock and boulders.

You can also start your journey at the East Ridge Campground and head out Cañon Vista > FAR Out > Summit trail, which takes you around the front side of Fremont Peak – named for famed American explorer, John C. Fremont. Adventurous individuals (with secure footwear and appropriate hiking ability of course) can scramble the last few hundred meters to the top of the peak for an incredible 360-degree view of the Arkansas River valley.

Mountain bikers will enjoy the flowing, scenic qualities of the newest trails in the system: Dark Side of the Moon and The Maze. Climb up The Maze and find yourself smiling all the way down Dark Side of the Moon (or the yet un-named trail just north of The Maze) for an added bonus. Berms, turns, and bumps will keep bikers of all abilities coming back for another round.

To visit the Royal Gorge Park Trails, take Hwy. 50 to Cañon City. Turn South on CR3A and head toward the Royal Gorge Park. Multiple trailheads allow you to choose your own adventure. Please see a trail map to find the best option for your group and/or abilities. Due to the area’s dry climate, snow doesn’t stick around for long. Please remember to check trail conditions before riding or hiking and do not use muddy trails. Find complete trail maps and more information on trails in the Royal Gorge Region or download the Royal Gorge Trails map.

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.