5 Fun Royal Gorge Bridge Facts
5 Fun Royal Gorge Bridge Facts:
- The bridge held the title for the worlds’ tallest suspension bridge from 1929 to 2003 at 955 ft high and is still the tallest in the US.
- There are 1292 planks across.
- It took only 7 months to build by 80 hearty men.
- Its 2 towers are 150 ft and 110 feet tall respectively.
- In 2013, a wildfire destroyed 90% of the park. Only 100 planks were damaged and had to be replaced. The park has since rebuilt and reopened.
We believe that the best way to view the Royal Gorge Bridge is from 1,000 feet below while whitewater rafting the Arkansas River. But after you’ve experienced the thrills of Sunshine Falls, Sledgehammer, and Wall Slammer, as your raft descends the river through steep granite Pre-Cambrian walls (that’s 1.5 billion years old!), be sure to make a stop at the top.
The Sangre de Cristo mountain range seen from the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park provides views unlike any in North America. Truly, a sight to behold. Lon Piper aspired to build a bridge in the “middle of nowhere”. Its only purpose was to provide spectacular views of the Royal Gorge, the river rushing through its narrow corridors and the mountain range in the background.
Visitors to the park can view the bridge from the Gorge’s rim while picnicking or head into the park and walk across those 1292 planks to the other side. The Royal Rush Sky Coaster, Aerial Gondola or Via Ferrata are activities you can do that keep the adrenaline high. The park also offers a zoo, carousel, and theater. Whether you’re hoping for more action or seeking a more mellow experience, there’s something for you.
It’s never too early to start planning for summer fun to see and experience the Royal Gorge. We have several options to choose from including a raft and bridge package, half-day morning or afternoon trips enabling you to check out the bridge at your leisure or a full day option allowing for evening visits to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.