Royal Gorge: the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River

As far as ravines go, the Grand Canyon gets all the attention, but there are plenty of other amazing canyons out there. One of the most impressive is Royal Gorge, just outside Cañon City, Colorado. I went there in 2010 and snapped these photos.

Royal Gorge Bridge

The Royal Gorge Bridge was the highest bridge in the world from 1929 to 2003.

This photo really shows how high the bridge is and how deep the canyon goes.

I found the bridge unnerving to walk across, because of the way that the wooden planking rattled whenever a car passed me by.

We took a funicular to the bottom of the gorge. This is the bridge from hundreds of feet below. Unreal.

Cable Car

This is the platform from which we boarded the cable car. It really does look this precipitous in real life, too.

Yes, I did ride on this cable car, and yes, it was a little bit scary.

Giant Swing

That weird-looking structure is a giant swing that swings you over the edge of the gorge. What I really liked about this picture is the rainbow in the corner.

Great White Buffalo

Great white buffalo!


Have you ever been to Royal Gorge? If so, what did you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs regularly at

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  1. Kimberly May Cutler (Clem) says:

    I want to go see the Royal Gorge Bridge. It looks very deep.

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