Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
Enjoy the beauty and the mind-boggling depth of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, open 365 days a year. Your adventure begins 10 miles west of Cañon City with a walk across America’s highest suspension bridge, built in 1929. Over 26 million guests have visited the park since then, ranking the iconic park as one of the top must-see attractions in Colorado.
The park has a rich history of spectacular undertakings, including the initial building of the Royal Gorge Bridge, and a complete rebuild in 2013 after a wildfire destroyed 90 percent of the park. The bridge was minimally damaged and still “Stands Tall” today. Holding the title of “world’s highest suspension bridge” for over 70 years, the Bridge hangs 956 feet above the Arkansas River. To see historical artifacts and feature film, be sure to visit the park’s Plaza Theater and Historical Expo.
Today, the timeless beauty of the area is showcased with the Visitor Center perched on the side of the gorge, the perfect place to shop or dine. Styled in pure Colorado tradition with spectacular views and a mammoth deck, visitors can enjoy a scrumptious meal or snack at Café 1230, the named so because the Café is 1,230 feet above the river! During the summer months check out the world class ribs and brisket at the Bridge View BBQ on the patio beside the bridge.
Attractions include gondolas traversing 2,220 feet across the gorge, Tommy Knocker Playland, featuring a beautifully crafted carousel, climbing structure, a splash pad and wax hand store for the kids. 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.
During the summer months guests can enjoy bands and showst at the Park After Dark Concert Series in the Elk Park Amphitheater, a lawn-seating venue facing the mountains. Check www.royalgorgebridge.com for all available prices, attractions, concerts, events, and extra pay features. Also check out our partner, Colorado Jeep Tours, and their unique tour of the area that includes a trip across the Royal Gorge Bridge.