- Hours: Open 365 days a year
- Reservations: Not required
- Cost: Admission charged. Varies depending on how much you do.
- Location:12 miles west of Canon City, two hours' drive from Denver and one hour from Colorado Springs. Driving directions below.
- How Long: A couple of hours to all day
- Best Time to Visit: Any time. It can be cold here in winter.
Royal Gorge Bridge and ParkNear Canon City, the Royal Gorge, cut 1,053 feet deep by the Arkansas River, is only a quarter-mile wide. Not lacking for superlatives, the folks at Royal Gorge say you can cross it on the world's highest suspension bridge, view the Royal Gorge from the world's longest single-span aerial tram or from the steepest incline railway.
A plethora of related (and unrelated) amusements are arrayed around the Royal Gorge bridge. You can ride a carousel or scale-model train, visit the petting zoo, learn how to load and shoot a flintlock rifle at the Mountain Man Encampment, or view Colorado animals at the Wildlife Park. For an extra fee, they'll send you soaring suspended in a harness 1,200 feet above Royal Gorge and the Arkansas River on the Royal Rush Skycoaster.
A coupon worth a $2 admission discount per person is available on the Royal Gorge website, but you'll have to enter your zip code and have cookies enabled on your computer to get to it.
Other Ways to See Royal GorgeTo see Royal Gorge from the bottom rather than the top, try the Royal Gorge Route Railroad for a two-hour, 24-mile trip through the Royal Gorge canyon.
Several companies also offer raft trips through Royal Gorge on the Arkansas River. Try Arkansas River Tours, Echo Canyon River Expeditions or Whitewater Adventure Outfitters. The level of white-water thrills varies. Be sure to ask about the trip you're considering.
Getting to Royal Gorge BridgeRoyal Gorge Bridge
12 miles west of Canon City on US. Highway 50, a one-hour drive from Colorado Springs (2 hours from Denver) 719-275-7507 or 888-333-5597
Royal Gorge website
From Denver or Colorado Springs, exit I-25 in Colorado Springs onto Highway 115 south. Drive 38 miles to Penrose, then turn right (west) onto Highway 50. Drive 8 miles past Canon City, then turn left and go 4 miles to the bridge to arrive at Royal Gorge.
If you are coming from the south on I-25, exit directly onto Highway 50 west at Pueblo and drive 28 miles west to Penrose. Continue on Highway 50, driving 8 miles past Canon City, then turn left and go 4 miles to the bridge to arrive at Royal Gorge.