Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Royal Gorge Bridge

About 75 miles southwest of us, is one of Colorado's beautiful attractions:  The Royal Gorge Bridge.  This bridge is America's largest suspension bridge, spanning a quarter of a mile across.  It was built in 1929, and only took about 350 thousand dollars, and six months to build.  Compared to today, it would cost about 20 million dollars.

Far below the bridge, runs the Arkansas River.  Although it gets pretty windy towards the middle of the bridge, and you can feel the bridge lightly "bouncing", it can support an excess of 2 million pounds, so you can go right on ahead and eat that funnel cake.  You are safe enough.

On Memorial Day, we took the family to the Royal Gorge Bridge.  It boasts a few attractions, like a petting zoo (goats and mules) and a watching zoo (elk and buffalo) as well as a carousel (which the kids wanted to ride all day) and a few other things.  They also have an Aerial Tram that takes you across the gorge, and an Incline Railway, that takes you down the gorge.  (These three pictures are from the Royal Gorge Website)

Here is a picture of us, right before we walked across the bridge.  Vehicles can drive across the bridge as well, so as you are walking, you better watch for traffic.  Although they can't drive over 10 miles per hour, you certainly feel like the bridge is shaking under you, when the vehicle passes.

We walked around on the west side of the bridge for a bit, letting the kids pet the goats and watch the buffalo.  We went up to a lookout, and showed the kids what the bridge looked like from a side view, and then we took the Aerial Tram back across to the other side.  Two of these pictures are of us, inside the Aerial Tram.  It can hold about 35 people, plus or minus a stroller!

This is a picture of the bridge, from our perspective in  the Tram.

Then we decided to take the Incline Railway down to the bottom of the gorge.  This "standing-only" railway goes straight down the side of the cliff, at a 45 degree angle.  It takes about 5 minutes to get to the bottom.  Once at the bottom, you can walk along a fenced walkway, by the river (which would be perfect for white water rafting) and you can look up at the bridge, high above you.  Besides the views, there isn't anything else to do down there.  Here is our view, from the bottom, looking up the Incline Railway, and Heath took the picture of Kimble and I, standing in the railway, on our way back up.

And then we were pretty much done.  So we drove back home and relaxed for the rest of the day.


runningfan said...

Very cool! I wonder how much I can add to my activity wish list before we leave...

purejoy said...

wow. i've missed a bunch as i've been MIA for the past few days. nothin big shakes around here other than work… booo.
looks like you all had a really fun weekend. the pictures from the gorge are amazing!!
i visited denver/boulder/colorado springs this time last year. the weather was very unpredictable! we had a blast and i want to go back soon!

Jen Sue Wild said...

Looks like you all had a fun time.. LoveMr. K haning from the bar..

Jed and Kera said...

too cute! I bet the kids had a great time! I love the look on Kimble's face he looks like he is so observant

SarahB said...

Beautiful view! I have been white-water rafting under the Royal Gorge Bridge (the first and last time I ever went rafting) and I'm sure the way you visited was the best way!