The Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in Colorado. It was completed in 1929 to cross the Arkansas River.
The bridge is 12 miles west of Canyon city, about an hour from Colorado Springs, and approximately two hours from Denver.
The park is open 365 days a year as long as the weather is decent and you can choose a park entrance ticket that allows you to just walk across the bridge on restricted hours during the day or you can buy a general admission ticket that allows you to walk across the bridge as well as take the gondola across.
The park opens at 10 AM daily and closes between 4 PM and 6 PM depending on the time of year or if there is a special event
Ticket prices are $24 for adults which is for ages 13 and up, for children ages 6 to 12 it is $19, and children five and under are free. There is an additional charge for the Cloud Scraper Zip Line ($45) and you have to weigh a minimum of 100 pounds to ride on it. There is also the Royal Rush Sky Coaster option that will launch you approximately 50 mph through the air for an additional $30. There used to be a bungee jumping option but that is no longer available at the park.
The view of the gorge is absolutely breathtaking and you can look all the way down to the bottom where there is a railroad line that runs along the Arkansas River. In the summertime many people enjoy rafting on the river.
Once you cross the gorge you will find the Tommy Knocker Children’s Playland that has a carousel, a fun playground, and lots of great stuff for the kids to do. There is even a wax dipping option that my kids loved.
There are concerts available at certain times of the year as well as shows in the Plaza theater.
The visitor center area has a restaurant as well as a gift shop for all of your souvenir needs. We ate lunch at the restaurant and the food was OK, nothing super great, but it definitely hit the spot after a morning of wandering through the playground and across the bridge.
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