The world's scariest skycoaster, the world's highest zipline, one of the world's steepest incline railways and one of the world's longest single-span aerial trams… and that's just the start of what Colorado's classic destination has to offer. It's a true Colorado family vacation experience and it's only at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
The story of how the Royal Gorge was discovered is as compelling as how the Royal Gorge Bridge was made. The first to visit were Native American Indians, who hunted and camped in sheltered canyons and mountain parks of this Colorado region.
Almost 40 years later after the construction of the Incline Railway, November 1968, groundbreaking began on a 2,200-foot aerial tramway, one of the world’s longest single span trams. Construction of the Aerial Tram took eight months without incident.
The aerial tramway glides some 1,178 feet above the Arkansas River, capable of a maximum speed of 11.4 miles per hour, but the normal speed is 8-9 miles per hour. Since its opening in 1969, it has carried millions of passengers in complete safety.
SOARING EAGLE ZIP LINE
The Soaring Eagle Zip Line, the highest zip line in the world, opened in the Spring of 2012. Perched on the 1,000 foot granite wall on the northside of the bridge, the ride consists of two zip lines carrying two riders each, and will zip 700 feet over canyon walls from 1,000 to 800 feet above the Arkansas River, and then zip back at approximately 30 miles per hour. Unlike a typical canopy type zip line tour, riders are secured into a "chair" that gives guests freedom of movement for the arms and legs. This ride is very family friendly and is a perfect thrill ride to enhance the wonderful experiences that the Park already has to offer.
Open March-September, weekends only in October. This ride is an extra pay feature in addition to the park admission ticket.
With over 2,200 lights and a full menagerie of animals to ride, everyone loves our finely-decorated and brilliantly-colored carousel. This ride provides great family entertainment; even grandparents will enjoy a fun, music-filled spin in one of two ornate chariots.
Available only during peak season.
Built in 1931, and traveling at a 45-degree angle, one of the world's steepest incline railways is still considered one of the most difficult structures ever built. Here, timeless granite walls loom all around as you descend over 1,500 feet to the canyon floor, a mere 50 feet at its widest. Looking up, the Bridge appears as a delicate ribbon cutting across the sky.
Stepping off the car, you'll enjoy the cool spray of the roaring Arkansas River, while white water rafters brave the Class 5 rapids below your feet. One can only imagine what it must have been like with guns blazing and dynamite exploding as early railroad officials hired Bat Masterson to protect their crew and materials in the Royal Gorge War.
All aboard our scale-model of Old 424, an original 1893 locomotive. It's a great way to start your day at the Park; the open-air cars allow you to take in the natural beauty of the Royal Gorge region. This one-mile ride is a favorite experience of children and parents alike.
The Royal Rush Skycoaster is the most awesome adrenaline rush in the state of Colorado. Imagine a free-fall tower sweeping you 50 mph to hang momentarily over 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River, which looks like a tiny blue line far, far below. The Royal Rush Skycoaster is one of only 87 in the world, and was recently named the scariest Skycoaster of them all. There's no better way to add a little adventure to your Colorado vacation!
Open March-September, weekends only in October. This is an extra pay feature in addition to the park admission ticket.
Take a load off and see Colorado's Natural Wonder. Our comfortable open-air trolley makes a complete loop around the perimeter of the Park, with stops at such attractions as the Royal Gorge Bridge, the Incline Railway, Aerial Tram, Royal Rush Skycoaster®, and tours through the Wapiti Western Wildlife Park®.
Available only during peak season.