The Royal Gorge is a canyon on the Arkansas River near Cañon City, Colorado and is often called the "Grand Canyon of the Arkansas." With a width of 40-50 feet at its base, a few hundred feet at its top, and a depth of 1,200 feet in places, the 10-mile-long canyon is a narrow, steep gorge through the granite of Fremont Peak.
In 1929, Cañon City authorized the building of the Royal Gorge Bridge, which at 1,053 feet above the river, is one of the highest suspension bridges over water in the world. The bridge forms the heart of Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
, a theme park owned and operated by the city. The Royal Gorge Park now includes the bridge, the world's highest zipline, aerial tram, incline railway, Royal Rush Skycoaster, Burro Rides, Carousel, Silver Rock Railroad, a cliff walk, petting zoo and wildlife park. There is more than enough fun to keep your family entertained for an entire day at the Royal Gorge Colorado Springs region.
In the summer months, whitewater rafting
is also a very popular activity in the Royal Gorge. Tourists travel from around the world to tackle the Class IV rapids of the Arkansas River and enjoy the scenery of the gorge. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad
is another spectacular way to travel through the Royal Gorge.
The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is under reconstruction and will be open again in 2014. More information will be posted as it becomes available. For information, please call 800-525-2250.