Grand Re-Opening Summer, 2014
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.
Still standing tall
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!
More to come!
In the near future, look for our new Incline Railway, and new Mountain Man Trading Post.