Our 2018 Adventure has provided some exciting activities as readers have discovered. Colorado was no exception.
The Royal Gorge is a canyon of the Arkansas River west of Cañon City aka the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas. Colorado Jeep Tours half-day Royal Gorge tour climbs more than 1,500 vertical feet out of historic Cañon City to the south rim of the world famous Royal Gorge including an amazing vista on Fremont Peak overlooking the valley.
The Royal Gorge Bridge, completed in 1929, was a highlight of the tour. The bridge remains the highest bridge in the US towering 955 feet over the gorge and now closed to all regular vehicular traffic but permitted for use by Colorado Jeep Tours. The total length is 1,260 feet, the width is 18 feet and the towers are 150 feet high. The steel base structure is covered with 1292 wooden planks. You can imagine how it felt to cross the gorge that high in the air while rattling along those wooden planks.
Following the Jeep tour we boarded the Royal Gorge Route Railway heritage railway to ride the base of the gorge adjacent to the Arkansas River. On May 7, 1879 the first excursion train traveled through the Royal Gorge after years of court battles between the Denver & Rio Grande and Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroads.