Royal Gorge Bridge

Cañon City, Colorado

based on 2 reviews



3.3 miles

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Added by Chelsea Brinkley

The Royal Gorge Bridge is a suspension bridge that's the highest in the United States. It crosses the gorge above the Arkansas River. It's not only a bridge but a park with a few other attractions.

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is located in Canon City which is about an hour outside Colorado Springs. Once you get there, it's a $26 entrance fee per person. The park is dog and family friendly.

You can walk across the bridge, take the gondola, or zip line across. Taking the gondola and of course walking is included in the entrance fee but the zipline is extra. If you're going to take the gondola, it's best to take it first to the other side of the gorge so you can walk down a hill and then across the bridge back. This is what we did and glad because otherwise you'd be taking a good hike uphill to get to the gondola. The bridge is wide and feels safe (and I'm afraid of heights). Along the bridge you'll find flags from each state in the U.S. and if you can look down you'll sometimes see people rafting and kayaking down the river.  There's even people slack-lining across the gorge in the narrower parts! Another thrilling attraction is the skycoaster which swings you over the gorge and of course is an extra fee. 

After exploring the Royal Gorge you can take a hike or drive to a few scenic spots. As you're leaving the gorge and driving on 3A, you'll notice a road (381B) across from a picnic area. Next to this road is the trailhead for the Royal Gorge Trail which is a 3.3 mile out and back trail. If you don't want to do the hike, just drive up the road up and there will be some scenics spots for you to get out and take in the view. 

You can find out more about the Royal Gorge Park here

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Royal Gorge Bridge Reviews

I had been here a couple of times. But came here during Halloween. It was slightly cold and just wore leggings and long sleeve. I booked a via ferrata day. First time doing it but thankfully I am not that scared of heights. I went to the spot where I was to get my gear and meet with my guide. I picked up harness, shoes, helmet, and a backpack to put my water. I suggest coming here early in the day so you are not torched in the light or too late in the day and can’t see. It does take a couple of hours to hike down, harness yourself to the side of the mountain, and then climb hooked on the rope. I thought it was pretty pricey but for them to gear you up it was worth it. I initially had 2 other girls with me but both started feeling dizzy so they had to turn around. Turned out it was just me and the guide. I would recommend this activity if you are at the royal gorge.

I can say I crossed the highest suspension bridge. Stretched my legs, took some great photos and after an hour got back on the road.

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