Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, Cañon City

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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 Cañon City travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Cañon City trip itinerary planning tool.
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  • The gondola was not running the day we went, however, the price is not adjusted. It was $64 for two of us to walk across the bridge. It was very pretty, but I think now we should've gone to downtown.....  more
    The gondola was not running the day we went, however, the price is not adjusted. It was $64 for two of us to walk across the bridge. It was very pretty, but I think now we should've gone to downtown.....  more »
  • The experience of this bridge and park is an American treasure. We got there 8:30 and got the 'early bird' admission rate. When we got to the bridge we were the only ones on it. The views are... 
    The experience of this bridge and park is an American treasure. We got there 8:30 and got the 'early bird' admission rate. When we got to the bridge we were the only ones on it. The views are...  more »
  • Eating local was my favorite part. Canon City Mugs is farm to table and delicious! They roast their own coffee beans as well. We did NOT pay $32.00 per person to walk across the bridge. We loved the....  more
    Eating local was my favorite part. Canon City Mugs is farm to table and delicious! They roast their own coffee beans as well. We did NOT pay $32.00 per person to walk across the bridge. We loved the....  more »
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  • In a word: Incredible. What an amazing experience! Royal Gorge Bridge is a foot bridge spanning a nearly 1000 foot deep canyon, and it is just gorgeous. Worth the price of admission. If you haven't been, you should see this at least once in your life. Recommend to: geologists, adrenaline junkies seeking a thrill (do the zip lining if you fall into this category), and those who love the outdoors. Go early: the parking lot can get crazy later in the day, and the canyon is most interesting to view when the sun is not directly overhead.
  • I wish I could give this company zero stars. We arrived at 4.15pm, knowing that they close at 6pm. We bought our tickets ($105, family of 4) and went straight for the Gondola. We waited there for a few minutes and they told us that the Gondola would not open for the day because of strong winds. So we went back to the cashier asking for refund. The refused us the refund because they claimed that they are not responsible for weather and that the cashier informed us about this. The funny part is that the cashier *did not tell us a word* about this policy, and when we replied back accordingly they just told us to walk the bridge. Another "fun" fact: we realized that we forgot our kid's mask in the car when we walked inside. When we asked for a disposable mask, they asked $2 for it!!! (for a mask that is worth a few cents!) Haven't experienced anything like this for years. Yes the bridge view is fantastic but beware of how they treat their customers. I suggest go do something else in the area, plenty of opportunities like rafting and things like that.
  • Something very cool to see and do but also a definite tourist trap. We bought tickets online including the zip line. The first thing we did was get in line for the gondola. We spent well over an hour and a half in line. Social distancing was a concern since the line started so far back of where they have the distancing marked on the concrete. It was nice once we finally got to ride. For both the gondola and the zip line there were several operational efficiency areas that could be addressed to speed it up. For instance on the zip line the same people who are harnessing in the riders are also the ones that have to go and retrieve the harness seats when they are sent back from the other side. So after about every 6 or so sets of riders the zip line basically shuts down for 15-20 minutes so they can go haul the seat harnesses up to where the zip line is launched from. There were 4 people in our group and after the first two went across, the staff had to figure out how to arrange their lunches and our next two riders weren't sent across until about 15 minutes later. We also ate at Bridge View BBQ and while their website says "Sometimes on the south side of the Bridge you can smell the aroma of smoked meat wafting through the breeze.", that wasn't the smell we caught....seems like they had a sewer problem. Prices were High...think $8 for canned domestic beer - like at a ballpark, food was mediocre at best. Glad we went and saw it so we can say we've done that.
  • So this place is a tourist trap. They pull you in with the free gondola ride and bridge. There is nothing else here to do. So we are here right now. We have been waiting in line for more than an hour in the sun having walked uphill for a very long ways. We finally got our turn and were loaded only moments later told to get off due to high wind. The wind literally has not changed in the past hour. Also they are only running one gondola. The other is broke. There is only two and they hold a total of 24 people. This is not like a ski lift where you step on a constantly moving gondola. This park is not ADA compliant. People are constantly leaving the gondola area due to long waits in the sun. There is no seating for when they take you to the loading area and it’s in the sun. This is an absolute money pit. I spent $97 to ride a gondola that has been shut down. Stay far away from this place. The gorge is nice and the bridge is nice but this should be free to the public to see. This is not an amusement park. You will be totally disappointed. I want my money back! But they tell you once you check in that there are no refunds. Take your money to Pikes Peak. It was totally beautiful there! Wonderful drive.
  • The Royal Gorge has several unforgettable experiences to offer, including a zip line and gondola ride across the canyon. I love the bridge which has the flags of all 50 States with their names, posted on both sides of the bridge. It has a lot of scenic beauty and I wish it were closer to Denver. It took me 2 hours and 30 minutes to get there which really isn't too bad. During Christmas, they even have Santa's train that starts at Canon City and passes under the Royal Gorge to get to "north pole" where Santa gets on the train amidst a lot of dancing elves. We were given cookies and milk. It's a lot of fun for adults and children.

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