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Royal Gorge Bridge
4218 Fremont County Road 3A
Canon City, Colorado 81215
Voice:719-275-7507
Toll Free: 888-333-5597

The Royal Gorge is one of the most spectacular scenic attractions in the West. Geologically, the Royal Gorge is one of nature's rugged masterpieces. Geologists have estimated that the erosive forces of nature have been at work in the gorge for three million years. Currently, the force of water and sand are digging the chasm deeper at the rate of two inches each thousand years so there has not been much change in the depth of the canyon since it was measured in 1929. Until the famous suspension bridge was completed in 1929, most visitors viewed the Royal Gorge from the bottom of the canyon.

The bridge itself ranks as one of the world's outstanding suspension bridges. It is unique in that it is the highest in the world, bridging the Arkansas River over 1,000 feet below. Other bridges have far greater spans and lengths but none offer the breathless panorama afforded by the Royal Gorge structure.

It was not until after the bridge had been officially opened and dedicated that the stabilizing wind and guy cables were added to the structure. Without these, the bridge would not be able to withstand the occasionally gusty winds that roar down the canyon. Even so, on a windy day visitors will experience the same effect they would in pacing the deck of an ocean liner on a stormy day at sea.

 


 

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