Canon City Travel Blog› entry 2 of 8 › view all entries
We were having equipment problems at work today, so I suggested we cut out early and head to Royal Gorge. I got no complaints and less than an hour later we were on our way to Canon City. It was about an hour drive from Colorado Springs. I had been to Royal Gorge when I was little and I remembered the gorgeous pictures my parents took when we were there, so I was pretty excited to go see it again. Especially now that I know more about geology.
So we arrive there, with thunderstorms threatening in the distance. We had spent part of the drive arguing as to whether you can drive across the bridge or not.
It cost an arm and a leg to get in - $23! All we wanted to do was go on the bridge, but you had to buy this super ticket that covers the bridge, a tram, trolley, inclined railroad and carosel. We almost didn't go in, but we wanted to go on the skycoaster - the big swing thing. A nice gentleman ticket taker understood our dilemma and gave us a VIP coupon for $5 per person! Well then we felt obligated to go! So we bought our tickets and decided to hit the skycoaster first.
An almost full tram was waiting to cross the gorge, so we jumped on. We didn't want such a full car, but the next one came in 20 minutes and it turned out that being the last ones on gave us a great view at the door! I don't remember the tram being there the last time, so it was fun. The view of the bridge was pretty nice, too. Next stop - skycoaster!
We had to walk through a little zoo on top. We joked about the altitude that deer turn into elk must be at least 6800 ft because there were elk up there! There was an albino bison, too. And moose - I mean, bighorn sheep. We got to the skycoaster and were a little disappointed that it doesn't raise you up very high, so you don't swing out very far over the gorge.
We watched the couple in front of us go. They were very nervous and reluctant to go, especially the guy. It was comical, but annoying because we wanted to go! They had trouble getting hooked up and pulled back. They were scared to hang in the harnesses above the platform. Finally they go up and scream the whole time. Well, not the whole time. Then it was our turn! We had no problems getting hooked up and pulled to the top. When they said release, I pulled the cord and we swung down. The fall down was a little scary because we were rushing straight down towards concrete.
It ended all too soon, and people in line were asking if it was scary. How do we answer that? Both of us have been skydiving multiple times and Brad's been bungee jumping. So, no, it wasn't scary for us. But for them? They'd probably be scared, but how would we know? We walked back over the bridge and I took my picture by the Wisconsin sign.
The bridge was completed in 1929 and the Arkansas River is 1053 ft below the bridge. Crazy. That would be a really long bungee jump. I'd be afraid the cord would break and that is a really long way to fall. I'd much rather fall out of an airplane 14,000 ft up.
Since we paid for the tickets, we decided we better make full use of them and took the inclined railroad down to the bottom of the gorge.
There is an old water pipeline made from wood that served some town until the 1970s. Crazy. Now it is falling apart and unused. The brown river often carries whitewater rafting tours, but they had all passed already. We saw some from the bridge above. There is also a scenic train that goes up the gorge and passes through, but again, we saw that earlier from above.
By the time the train finally got to the top, we were tired, so we left. I get sick on carosels, so we skipped that. Maybe if I had paid full price I would have ridden it ;)