The most popular tourist attraction of Colorado is located near the City of Cañon Royal Gorge Bridge had been from 1929 to 2001 holder of the title ´highest bridge in the world´, until it lost this privilege to a new bridge in China. However, it is still the highest bridge in the USA. Its length is 384 meters, it is 5.5 meters wide and the towers are 46 meters high. You look down into a depth of almost 300 meters.
The bridge connects two parts of the popular amusement park Royal Gorge Bridge & Park and entry is permitted only if the park is opened. The steel base is covered with nearly 1300 wooden planks. A passenger vehicle may still drive through the bridge, but buses or lorries are prevented from access. The bridge was built during 6 months in 1929 and cost USD 350,000.
Royal Gorge is a 10-mile long canyon, formed by the river Arkansas for three million years. And as has been found, the depth of the canyon is increasing still by about one foot every 2500 years. Those who do not really love heights, will certainly not seek out a walk along this bridge. For all other, however, this is a luxurious experience, sending shivers down your spine!
The unique bridge is however not all that will delight adrenaline lovers. Right next to it stands a funicular railway. In 2015 brand new cabins were commissioned, from which you can explore the luxurious heights.
For those who long for a really stunning experience, there is also a zipline, which will swing you from one side of the canyon to the other before you know it. And while we are on the subject of swings, how about a giant one, where your heart will pop up somewhere near your throat for a bit?
In 2013 the park was damaged by fire, but everything has already been repaired and since 2014 it again welcomes all those who want to overcome their own limitations.