Take this Incline Railway down to the Arkansas River. Yes this railway is VERY steep. This railway has always kind of a cage for 2 persons. You have to stand up in this railway.
Down in the Gorge the temperature is much higher and no wind blows here.
It's adventurous to descend by this railway in between of high rocks.
In June we were lucky to have no line ups and the cabin was not full. So it's fantastic to take good pictures of the Royal Gorge Bridge.
This Aerial Tram is also very old but we arrived safely at the other end of the Gorge!
This bridge was built in 1929, is 1'052 feet high and a quarter of a mile long over the Arkansas River. Walking over this bridge is quite adventurous as the bridge is pretty shaky, especially if the wind blows hard and this is very often the case at this altitude over the gorge. In 2004 this bridge had it's 75th annniversary.
Royal Gorge Bridge, built in the late 1920's is the world's highest suspension bridge at 1,053 feet high. It's 1,260 feet long and crosses the Royal Gorge and the Arkansas River. There are several other attractions at the Royal Gorge Park including the world's steepest incline railway, a gazebo with live music during nice weather, world's longest single span aerial tram, a picnic area, gift shop, moutaintop lodge and an antique replica carousel. The park is open year-round, weather permitting from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.. The bridge is open 7 a.m.-dusk. Prices are $19 for adults and $15 for children and a train ride around the park is included in the price. It's a lot of money, but the view from the bridge is spectacular!
Viewed from the bridge high above, you don't realize the size of the river or what rapids are below you. It is also difficult to imagine that this is the same Arkansas River that is so shallow and moves so lazily through southern Kansas. (Of course, that's because Colorado farmers drain off so much of it for irrigation of their fields leaving Kansas farmers high and dry.) Enough editorializing - it is neat to watch the waters, as well as the rafters and kayakers on this stretch of river.
Did I mention that this river is pronounced Ar -KAN'-sas in the state of Kansas and ARK'-in-saw every place else?
What began three million years ago as a trickle of water across solid granite is now this canyon. And in another 2,500 years, it will be one foot deeper. It's a deep canyon, but only 40 to 50 feet wide at the bottom and a few hundred feet at the top.
Spanish missionaries were the first Europeans to report sightings of the gorge in 1642.
Located at the entrance to the visitor's center is this water-operated clock, one of only three in the world. The "time-piece" is kept running by small wooden buckets lifting water. Fascinating for the kids.
Take a tour inside a prison, built in 1872, and turned into a museum.
Prices: Adults $5, Seniors (65+) $4, Kids (6-12) $3
Summer - 08.30-18.00 daily
Winter - 10.00-17.00 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only
This is the tallest suspension bridge in the world - 1,053ft/321m above the Arkansas River.
Walk around, shop, take lots of mountian pictures, take a tram down the side of the gorge to the edge of the river, and of course, walk across the bridge!! Well, maybe not if you're afraid of heights
Entrance fees - in 2001 - $15 for adults, $11 for US military, less for kids - not sure exactly.
Great Sand Dunes National Park is not exactly in Canon City, but about 1 hour further to the south in Southern Colorado. You should take a hike through the sand dunes. Don´t forget some water, sun lotion and a cap. It gets as hot as in a real desert.
The sand dunes stretch along the feet of a mountain range over a couple of square miles. They came to existence because the wind in that valley usually blows towards that mountain range. The wind breaks at the mountain walls and the dust and sand, which it has picked up and carried along, fall down.
Canon City area is a great place to go horseback riding,hike,sightsee,white water rafting. It is all about nature here.
A scenic train ride through the Royal Gorge. The scenery is spectacular and there is a great view of the Royal Gorge bridge.
One last activity before leaving: a train ride for the kids aboard this scale-model vintage train of an 1893 locomotive. The one mile ride was included in the park's admission ticket.
Back at the top, my children were more than happy to find a play area to run off some energy before getting back in the car.
We rode the world's steepest incline railway down the walls to the canyon floor. It's a trip of about 5 to 6 minutes at a 45-degree angle. The views are worth it.