Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, one of Colorado’s iconic and must-see attractions is the heart of the Royal Gorge Region. Open 365 days a year, adventure begins 10 miles west of Cañon City with a walk across one of the world’s highest suspension bridges.
The park has a rich history of spectacular undertakings including the initial building of the Royal Gorge Bridge in 1929. Holding the title of the world’s highest suspension bridge for over 7 decades, the bridge is the highest in America. In 2013 a wildfire destroyed 90 percent of the park which was rebuilt in only 14 months. The Bridge was minimally damaged and remained “standing tall” among the rubble.
Upon entrance to the park, guests are treated to the timeless beauty of the area with the new Visitor Center and its mammoth deck overlooking the gorge. This is the perfect place to shop, dine, or just relax and enjoy the surroundings. Café 1230, sitting 1,230 feet above the Arkansas River provides breathtaking views while enjoying a scrumptious meal, snack, or favorite brew.
World class attractions include gondolas traversing 2,400 feet across the gorge. Tommy Knockerland, a children’s play land, features a beautifully crafted carousel and climbing structures. Kids will enjoy the splash pad, wax hand store and gold panning during the summer months. Be sure to visit the park’s Plaza Theater and Historical Expo to view the history of the park and area.
For the daring, the Royal Gorge Cloudscraper by ZipRider flies guests a thousand feet over the river, or patrons can experience the World’s Scariest Skycoaster sitting on the very edge of the gorge. Both are extra pay features and open mid-March to end of December (weather permitting.)
Entertainment abounds during the summer months where guests can enjoy bands and shows from Native American Dancers to top Recording Artists at the Elk Park Amphitheater, Bridge View Bandstand, and at the Visitor Center. Thanksgiving and Christmas are special times of the year and the park is open for your Holiday entertainment.
Stay tuned for a special Celebration in 2019 when the Park turns 90!