1. Play, Climb, Zip Line & Soar at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
The Royal Gorge Bridge forms the heart of Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, a theme park owned and operated by the city and featuring a visitor's center on the edge of the north rim.
There is more than enough fun to keep your family entertained for an entire day at the park, including a Via Ferrata rock climbing course, zip line, three-story playland, theater, and gondolas that offer a panoramic, awe-inspiring glimpse at the Gorge and surrounding landscape.
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
2. Hike & Bike Area Trails
For those who are up for a bit of adventure, more than 15 miles of singletrack trail traverses the north rim of the Royal Gorge and are open to non-motorized users. For an easy hike with incredible views, check out the Canyon Rim Trail. Mountain bikers will love The Maze and Dreamweaver for the flowy downhill and unparalleled views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and beyond. For additional trail maps, download a FREE Royal Gorge Region Adventure Guide.
PARKS & TRAILS
3. Ride the Royal Gorge Route Railroad
Enjoy a comfortable train ride through Royal Gorge and along the banks of the Arkansas River aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. The train's dark oak interiors have been restored with white-linen dining tables, glass plate windows, and banquette seats — harkening back to a time of elegant travel and leisurely affairs. During your ride, enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner service, and don't miss special events and themed train rides, including Holiday Trains and Murder Mystery Train Rides.
Royal Gorge ROUTE Railroad
4. Raft the Rapids of the Arkansas River
Adventure-seekers travel from around the world to tackle the Class IV rapids of the Arkansas River and enjoy the scenery of the gorge. Local outfitters are able to cater your whitewater rafting experience to your skill level, offering everything from casual, scenic floats to heart-pumping expeditions through strong rapids with names such as "Sledgehammer," "Wallslammer," and "Boateater."
5. Embark on a Prehistoric Journey at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience
One of the more unique experiences available to visitors of the Royal Gorge region is the nearby Dinosaur Experience, which welcomes guests of all ages to learn more about Colorado's prehistoric past in a variety of ways. Walk through a high-plain desert forest and gaze upon 16 life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs, climb the ropes course to come face-to-face with a Tyrannosaurus Rex, view fossils and watch paleontologists at work at the Paleo Lab, or tour the museum to view exhibits and interactive stations.
Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience
6. Attend Seasonal Events & Annual Festivals
Throughout the year, Royal Gorge hosts a series of community events and seasonal celebrations. One of the more popular annual events is the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival — a weekend-long event each July featuring kayak, stand up paddle board, raft and river board competitions and other activities that promote an active, outdoor lifestyle. Other events include educational wildlife sessions, weekend live music performances and the annual Boo at the Bridge each Halloween.