The Royal Gorge was the first touristy thing I ever did in Southern Colorado. (I came to visit my boyfriend – now husband – and he wanted me to fall in love with the area, so he took me there! Needless to say, the fires last summer were devastating all around, but I was so sad about the Royal Gorge. I’m so happy to share that they are re-opening (weekends only) as of TODAY!!!
From the Royal Gorge website:
Just in time for spring break beginning March 15, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park will offer guided tours on park vehicles through construction zones and over one of the world’s highest suspension bridges, weekends only, according to Mike Bandera, Vice-President and General Manager. Weather and construction permitting, park hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and the park will charge $10 per head, three-year olds and under will be free.
The interest in the rebuilding of the park has been off the charts according to Bandera. Thousands of cars have traveled up to the Royal Gorge since the day after the Royal Gorge Fire, June 11, 2013, with patrons hoping to catch of glimpse of the Royal Gorge and the park.
“Our first tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. and all tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis,” Bandera said. The group tours will travel to the Royal Gorge Bridge where guests can step off and take in the scenery. The tour will then travel up to the Royal Rush Skycoaster, the park’s internationally acclaimed thrill ride. Electricity and weather permitting, guests will be able to ride, or walk up to Point Sublime for another scenic view of the Royal Gorge. Skycoaster prices are $25 for one rider, $45 for 2 riders, and $60 for three riders.
Those with valid 2013 season passes will be honored, and no coupons will be taken. Bandera suggests to dress warmly as the main mode of transportation is “open-air.” Park capacity for the tours is limited and last tour is at 3 p.m. Bandera said bottled water and sodas will be available as the park does not have water and sewer, and electricity is spotty throughout the park.
Last June’s wild fire swept through the park decimating 48 out of 52 buildings and world-class attractions in the 85-year-old park. The Royal Gorge Bridge was relatively unscathed and received only minor damage. The park expects a Grand Re-Opening August, 2014 with Phase 1 of the rebuild completed. For more information visit the website www.royalgorgebridge.com or call 888-333-5597.