Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, Canon City

3.7
#3 of 31 in Transportation in Colorado
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park boasts the highest bridge in the United States, spanning the gorge at 291 m (955 ft) above the Arkansas River. You'll appreciate the view by crossing the bridge on foot to peer down into the canyon below. In the park, you'll find a sky coaster that carries you over the gorge at high speeds. A gondola ride down the river adds a little romance to the great outdoors, while ziplines and mini trains allow you to give your feet a rest. Start at the visitor center to purchase tickets and pick up a map of the area. Add Royal Gorge Bridge and Park to your Canon City travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Canon City trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • Easy entry , inexpensive for value, gondola ride scenic and comfortable, great walk down and across bridge, informational room and movie, opportunity for excitement on zip line across the canyon, or h...  more »
  • Beautiful views and a fun walk across the bridge. The Cafe was nice with a neat outdoor patio on the gorge, offering beer, shots, and wine. The Gondola ride was very smooth and not as scary as I thoug...  more »
  • While visiting our son and his family in the Denver area over the Christmas and New Year holidays, he suggested we go visit the Royal Gorge. It was a two hour drive from the Denver area and unfortunat...  more »
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  • Royal Ripoff - This is tourist catch. Gondola is a trap because it may not be open due to windy weather which is common. I agree that is security reason but not publishing it on website or even when someone is buying the ticket or when people are standing near to Gondola that we will be closing it down. When we asked manager, he was even very quick to tell that I have weather info for tomorrow and it will still be the similar but again nothing published on the website. They will not even respond to call or voicemail because they want to hide the details. Throughout our Colorado visit, we enjoyed how local Govt has worked out and created a fare options for visitor but this came as unethical practice by a local company Which is given license by the govt to run the business. Staff is rude and not transparent! Here is how local Govt can fix the issue for tourist - 1. Be fare - split the park entry fee and Gondola . 8-10 bucks may be fair for entry and another 10-13 bucks for Gondola 2. Publish on website when Gondola will be closed because windy weather is always in weather forecasts. 3. Be transparent and when people are calling or entering in Park. Tell them abt the most imp part of Gondola that it will close any time. Overall, Park doesn’t have much to offer than what they describe so it is not worth the drive. You will get so many better option of similar suspension bridge.
  • Lots to do and experience at this site. You can be adventurous and ride the gondolas across the gorge and over the Arkansas River below. Then if you are really want an adrenalin rush, you can zip-line back across at incredible speeds and the stop is well..... lets just say abrupt. Now if you don't want to zip back, but still want a rush, you could choose to swing-out over the gorge edge with the 1000+ foot drop, which will probably get your blood flowing, among other things. Our choice was to meander back, walking on the suspension bridge. That too was an adventure, as you could see through spaces between the deck boards and missing knot holes to the the river and RR tracks below. It really makes for an enjoyable day and you'll have some spectacular scenery as a bonus. We thoroughly enjoyed.
  • This was the highlight to my trip to Colorado. Bridge over the Arkansas river is absolutely breathtaking. There is a gondola that you can ride to the opposite side. You are able to zip line as well. We just walked back through the bridge. The winds are incredible and the bridge sways and it just feels so amazing. It was freezing and we went at the end of the day on the last gondola ride. Just magical. Need to visit again.
  • Great place to see. Walk the bridge and take the train. I would have rated at 10 if they would have put it back to how it was before the fire. There was so much more to do while there! I have brought my kids back twice since the fire from Ohio and they still enjoy it. Walking across this bridge is very very exciting! You can take a picture with your state flag while you're on the bridge too. All 50 are displayed.
  • You won't regret stopping in at the Royal Gorge if you're in the Colorado Springs area. The entrance fee includes riding the gondola across the gorge as well as a couple of other things. The bridge swings on windy days and offers a splendid view of the Arkansas River one thousand feet below. My brothers loved the sky coaster-- an exhilarating drop swing out across the gorge.
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