Day 7: Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
One of my favorite things about road tripping is that, the possibilities are endless and you can take unexpected adventures along the way. While we loosely plan our trips with all the “big” stops we want to make, we leave space for the moments we find things we weren’t looking for and want to stop and explore. Case in point, the Best Western we stayed at that had the drive in movie theater, where we found a pamphlet for the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. A bridge that is 2,400ft across, 1,200 ft up from a gorge that just happened to be on the way to our next planned stop.
I will fully admit that I got excited when I saw the pamphlet and immediately decided we would go there the next morning, not even considering the fact that it might cost money to visit this attraction. I honestly thought we would visit, drive across it, take some photos and be on our way. You are so lucky I went there before you so I can give you the scoop.
Let me start by saying that we didn’t have enough time to truly appreciate our visit. There is so much to do and 1 hour is not, I repeat, not enough time. It costs $27/person to be able to enter and see the bridge. You cannot see it from the road! The $27 ticket price includes: riding the gondola back and forth across the gorge as many times as your heart desires, a cool playground for the kids, a scenic lookout to get the perfect photo of the bridge, a movie theater where you can learn about the history of the bridge and you have access to walk across the bridge.
The Royal Gorge Bridge is one of the largest suspension bridges in the USA and is spectacular up close. If you’re afraid of heights I will tell you that when you walk across the bridge it does move a little with the wind and there are planks you can see through to the bottom, BUT the bridge feels sturdy and, even though I’m afraid of heights, I felt safe walking across it.
My recommendation is to take the gondola ride across, enjoy the scenic view, allow the kids to get their wiggles out in the playground and enjoy the theater before walking back across the bridge to exit the park. If you walk the bridge first, it’s uphill to get to the gondola ride.
As you walk along the bridge they have the state flags and you can find our state flag and take a picture. Since we split time between the OC and Tennessee, we took pictures with both flags.
Things to do at the park that aren’t included in the $27 entrance fee:
- Zip line: yes, you can zip line across the gorge! That’s 2,400 feet across about 1,200 feet up from the gorge
- Royal Rush Coaster: sweep through the air above the gorge at 50mph in a free fall. For the bravest of people, not me!
I would plan for 4-5 hours at the park to truly enjoy all it has to offer.
After the Royal Bridge Gorge + Park we headed to Canon City to visit good friends from the OC who run an awesome teen ministry call The Bridge Teen Center.
Mission and who they serve:
Our mission is to provide free programs during after-school and unsupervised hours where students can develop mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually in a safe environment. The vision of The Bridge Teen Center is to provide teens with a place to find hope, purpose, and direction.
We serve students in 7th-12th grade, and also provide ongoing programs and resources to help parents navigate through the teenage years. Because student safety is our primary concern, The Bridge is managed by experienced professionals who are supported by well-trained and pre-screened adult volunteers.
Day 7 & 8 we stayed at Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs, CO.