Friday, June 14, 2013

Royal Gorge Bridge

The Royal Gorge Bridge is a Must See!

While technically located in Canon City, Colorado, which is a bit over an hour's drive from Colorado Springs, The Royal Gorge Bridge is one of the top attractions in the area. It  held the record of highest bridge in the world from 1929 until 2001, when it was surpassed by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China.

Royal Gorge Bridge at its dedication in late 1929

Royal Gorge Bridge as it typically looks

Royal Gorge Bridge after the June 2013 wildfires

The area around the Royal Gorge bridge was devastated by the 2012 wildfires. The bridge itself, though, was not damaged.  Some wooden deck planks were burnt, and all but four of the park's 52 buildings were destroyed. The incline railway was severely damaged and the aerial tramway was destroyed. Park executives announced on June 13 that the bridge will be repaired and the park rebuilt, but there was no timeline for reopening the bridge and/or park.