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Above the Arkansas River: Royal Gorge Bridge


There are thousands of bridges in the US—some big, some small—but each with its own story to tell. In Issue 84 of American Lifestyle magazine, we explore the long history of Royal Gorge Bridge in Cañon City, Colorado. Surviving a serious fire in 2013, the 956-foot-tall bridge and surrounding park remain one of the most popular tourist destinations in America.


An excerpt from “Above the Arkansas River: Royal Gorge Bridge

Everybody loves a road trip. In fact, every year, Americans travel well over 250 billion vehicle miles per month during summer. And wherever you may roam, you’ll likely come across a bridge that will help get you to your destination. These structures are what tie our travels together, allowing us to drive from sea to shining sea. Bridges have been an essential part of America’s infrastructure since the country was founded—and they number over 600,000 today.

One of the most magnificent examples of these monuments of engineering can be found out west. If you’re traveling through Colorado and want a truly unique adventure, then take Route 50 through Cañon City to County Road 3A, where you’ll discover the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park attraction. Situated about an hour south of Colorado City and a little over two hours south of Denver, the Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in North America. Standing at almost 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River, it encapsulates all that’s great about the American spirit, serving as an example of ingenuity, perseverance, and adventure.


To learn more about the extensive history of Royal Gorge Bridge, and the high-flying adventurous activities at the park, download “Above the Arkansas River: Royal Gorge Bridge” from Issue 84 of American Lifestyle magazine.