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Royal Gorge Bridge & Park


Dinosaur bones, amusement park rides, a train ride, a suspension bridge nearly 1000-feet high, and a gorge carved over three million years ago—that list is the reason why kids and adults of all ages flock to the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park each year.  People love the natural beauty and wonder behind the Gorge as the Arizona River’s own baby Grand Canyon and, because the park, train, and bridge surrounding this geological sensation are one of a kind, it would be a shame to miss on your next Colorado summer vacation.

The history behind the area is fascinating, like that of something out of an old western movie. Such tribes as the Ute Indians visited the Gorge often, as did the Plains Indians during the spring and summer months. When silver was discovered up river, two railroad companies fought over the rights to the land—they even hired gun slingers and rounded up a 200-man posse to have it out. In the end, the Rio Grande Railroad has been traveling through the Gorge since 1879.

The Royal Gorge is near the town of Canyon City, and just a short drive from Salida, and Buena Vista. Traveling here is simple when you fly into Colorado Springs and drive just two hours. This area is full of fun activities including hiking, whitewater rafting, fishing, and so much more.

The Royal Gorge Train Ride

Taking a train ride is something we hardly get to experience and the Royal Gorge Route Railroad turns this thought into an adventure for all. The trip is just two hours taking you through the Gorge along the Arizona River. In addition, the train has excellent food and service taking the experience to the next level. The family will love this trip! Special trips throughout the year, including Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, and New Year’s Eve come with a full gourmet meal.

Bridge & Park

Be sure to check out the video at the park that goes over the history of the area. You’ll be amazed at all that has happened here over the years, including the finding of some of the most intact dinosaur bones ever found. The park has 21 rides that sit at the edge of the Royal Gorge and some, like the zip line or incline train or sky coaster, take you over and down the Gorge for some amazing views.  There are nature hikes and shopping, as well as places to get some grub.

Royal Gorge Summer Vacation Deals

Take a look at the categories provided and head to the place that has been a wonder to visitors for centuries. Use the deals and discounts here for lodging nearby and other fun activities and tours.

Photo Courtesy of Royal Gorge Route Railroad