Marvel at awe-inspiring panoramic views from one of the world’s highest suspension bridges – hanging 956 feet above the Arkansas River! The Royal Gorge Bridge is an all-new experience in August 2014! The park will unveil a 16,000 sq. ft. Visitor Center, one of the world’s longest single-span aerial gondolas, an over-the-gorge zipline and children’s play area. Combining beauty and entertainment, the park will open a 5,000 seat-amphitheater perched on the gorge.
Starting March 15, 2014, you can still see the amazing views from the Royal Gorge Bridge on one of their bus tours! Offered weekends-only from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and costing $10 per person, people can meet one mile to the North of the bridge on County Road 3A, which is the normal road you’d take to get to the bridge. To learn more, call the Royal Gorge Bridge at 719.275.7507.
|Tours Offered Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until park reopening.|
Children Under 3
Season Pass Holders
The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is located just a short hour drive South of Colorado Springs to the West of Canon City. Follow these directions or enter 4218 County Road 3A Cañon City, CO 81212 into your GPS or Phone.
Off Highway 24:
- Take Highway 24 East to I-25 South.
- Take CO-115 South to Highway 50.
- Take US-50 West to Canon City.
- Follow US 50 W through Canon City.
- The Royal Gorge is on the left-hand side. Follow the signs.
Still standing tall, the Royal Gorge Bridge sits 956 feet above the Arkansas River and is home to spectacular views and thrill-seeking attractions providing family fun. Built in 1929, the park has entertained over 26 million guests and ranks as one of the premier attractions in the state. Generation upon generation have returned with their families to create special memories at this natural Colorado attraction.
Built in less than 7 months with a $350,000 price tag and a small army of 80 men, The Royal Gorge Bridge opened December 8, 1929. It was the world’s highest suspension bridge, and held that title for over 7 decades.
After the exhilaration of standing on the bridge, with nothing but air under your feet one can continue over to the Plaza Theater and Historical Expo “on the other side” of the bridge to view the pictorial history of the building of the bridge. The wood-planked deck runs 1,250 feet long with 1,292 planks, and 2,600 No. 9 galvanized steel wires in each 300-ton cable that suspends the bridge.
Nearly 85 years later, June 11, 2013, the Royal Gorge Fire swept through 3,000 acres of the Royal Gorge destroying 90 percent of the park, 48 out of 52 attractions or buildings were gone. The Bridge miraculously survived the fire with minor damage, only 100 boards needed to be replaced on the south side of the bridge. This is truly a testimony to the men who built it. Grand Re-Opening is Summer, 2014. Today, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park provides brand new adventures with a new visitor center styled for spectacular views with a natural park theme. Fun, food, and shopping has always been our motto! The new restaurant and visitor center deck with soul-refreshing views will highlight every visit.
The redo of the park includes a brand new aerial gondola traversing 2,200 feet across the Royal Gorge at 1,200 feet over the river, and a new scarier-than-ever zip line running across the gorge. The internationally acclaimed thrill ride, the Royal Rush Skycoaster will be in “full swing.” This ride takes guests in a flight suit up to a 100-foot tower and “swings” them out and over the gorge for the scream of a lifetime! A new children’s play area tucked away in the wooded area, and a vehicular tram for park tours are new added attractions.
In the tradition of combining beautiful Colorado Scenery with wonderful music and entertainment, a new 5,000 seat amphitheater will be sitting on the north side of the granite wall with awesome views of the Royal Gorge and bridge. Talk about an unforgettable performance!
In the near future, look for our new Incline Railway, and new Mountain Man Trading Post.
On June 11, 2013, we suffered extensive damage caused by the Royal Gorge Fire. This wildfire destroyed 48 of the 52 structures on the Bridge & Park grounds, including our Aerial Tram and antique carousel, as well as the park’s visitor center. Fortunately, the Bridge itself escaped with only minor damage to some of its wooden planks.
We are excited about the future and are working hard to make the Bridge & Park a whole new experience for our visitors beginning in late summer 2014.
We are happy to say that the other attractions and tourism operators were not affected by the fire. We hope you come visit them, too! For more information regarding area attractions, please visit the Cañon City Chamber’s website at www.canoncity.com or call their office at 800-876-7922.
Miraculously, none of our animals were harmed. In fact, we celebrated the birth of a baby bison in the days following the fire and the aptly named “Smokey” is doing well.