Colorado’s hiking trails are world-famous and there are countless routes to choose from. You can summit epic mountains, explore amazing rock formations, follow beautiful rivers, and loop around pristine lakes, but if you’re looking for an adventure that’s short, stunning, and stomach-dropping, there’s one bridge walk that you should definitely check out.
Welcome to the Royal Gorge Bridge; the highest suspension bridge in the United States.
At the time of its construction in 1929, the Royal Gorge Bridge was the highest suspension bridge in the entire
world - an impressive title that it held all the way up until 2003.
The bridge spans 1,260 feet across the incredible Royal Gorge and sits 955 feet above the rushing Arkansas River below.
While absolutely awe-inspiring, this view is definitely not for the faint of heart (or those with acrophobia)!
The 18-foot-wide bridge is made from 1,292 wooden planks, which are surprisingly strong and have held up well, despite its 90-year history.
Of course, the bridge has undergone a good deal of construction and expensive renovations over the decades to make sure it remains sturdy and stable. It may
look scary, but crossing the bridge is completely safe. In fact, it’s strong enough to support the weight of both people and vehicles.
While your palms may be sweating as you gaze out at the dizzying view, the experience is nothing short of exhilarating.
Don’t forget to bring a camera along to capture the stunning scenery!
In addition to the bridge, Royal Gorge Park also offers an entire theme park along the canyon’s rim.
For a less heart-stopping experience, check out the Visitor Center & Plaza Theater, the Waterclock, and the kid’s play area.
For some of the best views of the bridge and the gorge below, take an aerial gondola ride and stop by the scenic overlooks.
If you’re a total thrill-seeker looking for more action, the Royal Rush Skycoaster and Cloudscraper Zip Line will certainly get your adrenaline pumping.
The Cloudscraper Zip Line also holds an impressive title - it's America's highest zip line!
There is no shortage of things to do at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park!
The Royal Gorge Bridge is currently open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., though the closing time varies by season. Check its
before heading out to make sure you get the full Royal Gorge experience!
General admission to the park starts at $26 for adults (age 13+) and $21 for children (age 5-13). Admission does not include rides on the Skycoaster of Zip Line; however, the gondola ride and other attractions in the park are free!
For more information about the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, visit its website
here and follow along on its Facebook page here.
Address: 4218 County Road 3A, Cañon City, CO 81212
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