The Royal Gorge Bridge may not be one of the Seven Wonders of the World but it is “still considered one of the most difficult structures ever built.” Built in 1931, the bridge is one of the Must See destinations in Colorado. About 2.5 hours south of Denver (1.5 hours from Colorado Springs), the Royal Gorge is just down the road from Canyon City. Once you get to Canyon City, there are various ways to see the Royal Gorge.
Multiple rafting companies offer exciting white-water rafting on the Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge.
Or you can take the train from The Royal Gorge Route Railway station located in Canyon City. (Or you can combine the two with the Raft-n-Rail package, from Echo Canyon River Expeditions.)
Or there is a helicopter tour which will fly you with breath-taking views right over the gorge.
The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park also offers multiple ways to see the gorge and bridge. The ticket price includes
1) the Incline Railway, at a 45-degree angle it travels over 1500 feet (457 meters) to the floor of the canyon. You stand inside cages which are open at the top, front and even though the train is moving fairly slowly, it is a bit scary going down. Most people head straight to the Royal Gorge Bridge, walking right past the entrance to the Incline Railway which then gets very busy in the afternoon with a wait time of over an hour. If there is no line for the Incline when you get to the park, you might want to do that first.
2) the Aerial Tram, is 1,178 FEET (359 METERS) above the Arkansas River and looks like a gondola. We did not take the aerial tram because the day we were there, the winds were gusting at about 40 mph.
3) the family friendly Trolly, which circles the park stopping at the attractions along the way.
4) the kid friendly Silver Rock Railroad which is a miniature, open air mile long train ride. (Kids will also enjoy the Burro Rides and the Carousel with its lights and engaging music.)
The park also offers couple of more exciting ways to see the gorge. For an extra fee you can zip over the gorge on the Soaring Eagle Zip Line or if you can keep your eyes open, you can see the gorge from a free fall ride on the Royal Rush Skycoaster.
See the details about the rides on http://www.royalgorgebridge.com/ParkInfo/Rides.aspx
The park also has shows and different attractions for visitors of all ages. One of my favorites is the Water Clock in front of the Visitor’s Center.
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