The Royal Gorge Bridge is an engineering marvel, stretching over a spectacular canyon carved by the Arkansas River. The bridge deck towers 955 feet above the river floor, making it the second highest in the world, behind the Liuguanghe Bridge in China. The year round park covers 360 acres of breathtaking terrain.
There are shows and events throughout the summer. The Gazebo Theater hosts live family entertainment like magic shows, while the Plaza Theater runs a continuous 13 min video presentation about the Gorge.
Activities at Royal Gorge
Camping – Primitive tent camping is available at a half dozen designated campsites on the grounds near the Gorge at the Royal Gorge East Ridge Campground. Each site is free, has a fire pit, table, and there are trash cans and bathrooms nearby. The Bighorn Mountaintop Lodge, also on grounds, has 3 bedrooms and is walking distance from the park. There is also plenty of lodging in Cañon City.
Shopping – The Visitors Center, Stryker Rich Trading Post, Royal Village Shirts & Tattoos, Colorado Country Shop, Prospector Pan, and Custom Beadwork By Connie
Dining – Royal Grill, The Pizza And Sub Garden, The Cliff Terrace, and more snack vendors throughout park.
- Cliff Walk
- Mountain Man Encampment
- Petting Zoo
- Point Sublime
- Royal Gorge
- Royal Gorge Bridge
- Visitor Center
- Wapiti Western Wildlife Park
- Water Clock
- Via Ferrata
- Aerial Tram
- Burro Rides
- Incline Railway
- Royal Rush Skycoaster (Mar – Jan)
- Silver Rock Railroad
- Cloudscraper Zip Line (Mar – Oct)
In addition to the activities at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, the amazing natural landmarks offers a few more gems. You can go whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River directly through the Royal Gorge. Or hop aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad for a one-of-a-kind train ride in the heart of the canyon.
Address: 4218 Co Rd 3A, Cañon City, CO
Season: Year round
Hours: 10am – 4pm to 7pm (depending on season). Bridge only opens at 7am daily.
Admission: Daily admission passport includes all rides except Zip Line and Skycoaster.
- Bridge only admission is available from 7am-9:30am and one hour before ride closing time to dusk, daily.
- There is a free scenic overlook for those just looking to sight-see.
Pets: Yes, on-leash, allowed in park but not in buildings or rides, kennels available first-come first-serve.