Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, Canon City

3.7
#3 of 12 in Transportation in Colorado
#Canyon, #Tramway, #Must See
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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  • 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 »
  • Went with the family while visiting Colorado. Lots of walking involved and the price is a little steep but the views are amazing.  more »
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  • Locals call it the "royal gouge bridge" due to the $20 cost to see a gorge. Takes a while to drive here and scenery on road is boring (typical of plateau drives). However, I found standing on the bridge to be a novelty. Feeling the bridge sway and move from wind while looking down creates a memory! Hold your hat! Many tourists here. Clean place. Allows pet dogs. Bring your kids.
  • Nice place with great views but bit expansive. So bridge walk, gondola ride, kids rides all included. But you have to pay for zip lining. When we entered we headed straight towards gondola rides, but it was closed due to lightning. and it was closed for a good 2 hrs , we were quite disappointed at first since the staff was not sure when it would open again (it depends on weather, it can be closed for hours or for the whole day), once it was opened there were long queues. On the other side of the bridge there is children play place with some slides and carousal, but portable restrooms. On the entrance side there are proper restrooms. Nice sitting area and restaurant and native American dance experience was quite nice.
  • I visited Colorado and traveled the entire State literally. And this was the most beautiful thing I think we seen on our trip. Just how large the bridge and the gorge was and the fact that there's a train that runs beside the river was astonishing! I would definitely recommend taking the train as well as zip-lining Across The Gorge it was so much fun
  • I have no idea why there are so many positive reviews. I should mention we went on Labor Day weekend , so it may have been busier than normal. This place doesn't seem like it was built for large crowds. This is a major tourist trap!! We started out by waiting in line for the women's restroom for 20 minutes. Then we waited a good 10-15 minutes just to buy our ticket! It cost $50 for my husband and I to get in. Outrageously overpriced! The lines were so unorganized and there were no signs to direct us...we couldn't even tell where a line started! I was not impressed with the layout for strollers. Not stroller friendly at all. They have some ramps, but you go down it and then there's stairs! Most of the ramps are out of the way. So inconvenient. To get on the gondola there is no ramp at all...we had to pick the stroller up to get it up the stairs. Food and water is terribly overpriced. If you get motion sickness easily, the bridge is not very fun. From the moment we stepped on I started getting sick. I could barely enjoy the view because I needed to get off before barfing. There is a kids area that has a free carousel Ride, a little playground (must be 5 years old to play) and a water pad. We waited in line for the gondola for at least 30 minutes. Then the ride was only 5 minutes long. Pretty views, kind of cool, but overall I could have lived without this expensive trip. Pros: bathrooms everywhere, kid area, view of canyon
  • Came here right when it opened at 8AM because we made our way from Utah the night before. So we went to the bridge and it was pretty cheap. It was $22 for all three of us without the gondola because we had time to kill before the skyline flyer opened up. We took a couple of shots on the bridge as it was really open and no one was there. This was on 10/6/17. There was no snack areas open even though it was 10am. We went on the skyline flyer and the wait capacity is 250 max so sorry tall body builders, you can't go on. The package is $65 for both the zip line and the skyline flyer. Pretty good deal in my opinion. The flyer is best with two people because you get more momentum and therefore more pendulum swings. The video and pictures are $30/40 bucks as a separate fee. It's expensive but hey why not? We got that done and started the zip line and this is the real reason why I had to take 3 stars away. The first zip line went great and the first person of our party got his pictures and videos. Now before I continue, there is a sign that says video is not guaranteed so there are no re-flights issued. Okay that's understandable if the system is down. Now the second person comes from a party on the zip line and then a couple comes right after. So we talk to the person which is a girl that is in charge of pictures and it's literally pressing a button. That's it. No she was able to get the video and picture of the first person and somehow skipped the second person but got the couple right after??? That meant she was not paying attention at all and then she tried to cover it up with "technical" difficulties. If it was then no one would have got their pictures at all. She gave us a lame half meant apology and basically told us we are screwed. No one was there to do anything and I felt like we spent extra $15 bucks for no reason. For solely that reason I have to knock it down 3 stars because they should have competent people working there and not to give a lame excuse and I think that no re flight policy is extremely ridiculous if a video isn't taken. It basically means that they are covered even if the employee is lazy! Really bad business practice to not do everything you can to make your a customers happy especially when it's the fault of the company

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There are a number of hotels and motels in Cañon City to suit a variety of tastes. Accommodations closer to downtown are more expensive, but visitors staying there can visit the city's most popular cultural attractions, restaurants, and bars on foot. Those who want to immerse themselves in the city's rich history can find several bed and breakfasts set in converted Victorian homes. For the real deal, look for one with period furnishings. You can take advantage of the city's surroundings by staying in a campsite or RV park on the outskirts of town.
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