The Royal Gorge is one of the most popular attractions in Colorado, inviting everyone from road-tripping families to thrill-seeking adventurers to explore this beautiful area’s canyon, train, rafting, zip lines and other amusements in the Cañon City area.
The 1,200-foot deep gorge is 10 miles long and was carved over millions of years by the Arkansas River, which still flows through its depths and welcomes whitewater rafters.
The gorge is just a few minutes’ drive from Canon City, and an hour each from Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
The Royal Gorge Bridge spans the gorge and is one of the world’s highest suspension bridges. Built in 1929, it stretches 1,270 feet across and soars 956 feet above the Arkansas. Those who wish to cross it can do so on foot, where you can peer over the bridge to see the rafters below. Meanwhile, the new Royal Gorge Via Ferrata allows climbers to scale the granite rock walls of the gorge with trained mountain guides and experience views that most don’t have the opportunity to see.
Those seeking more adrenaline-fueled experiences should book time on the Royal Rush Skycoaster. After a 50 mph free fall, the coaster hangs you over the gorge’s rim with only the river below. New attractions added to the park in 2015 include a new aerial gondola that gently whisks riders from one side of the canyon to the other and a Cloudscraper Zip Line that also flies you above the Arkansas.