The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is a famous tourist attraction near Canon City, Colorado, USA, located in the theme park covering an area of 1.5 square kilometers (360 acres). Completed in 1929 at the cost of $300,000, The Royal Gorge Bridge maintained the title of "World's Tallest Suspension Bridge" until 2001; and is still the tallest bridge in the United States and has long been listed as a National Historic Landmark.
There are some breathtaking scenery and recreational facilities around the Royal Gorge Bridge, including one of the world's tallest roller coasters, which transports visitors to 1,200 feet. It is also the highest place for bungee jumping in the world.
There are many ways to go up to the bridge. Drive down the mountain road, and you will see signs for Royal Gorge Bridge Park, which means you are almost there. Tourists can take the cable car from where they can enjoy the view over the gorge. In this post, let's learn more about the stunning height of the Royal Gorge Bridge.
Description of The Royal Gorge Bridge Size
Royal Gorge Bridge is a suspension bridge over a 1,053-foot-high canyon divided by the Arkansas River. Although the bridge is built over a thousand-foot abyss, the sturdy bridge body and well-designed boom can still load vehicles. The bridge was completed in 1929 and took only six months. Even more admirable is that there were no casualties or accidents during the construction process. In 2013, a forest fire destroyed many buildings around the bridge. There is also a small cinema across the bridge, which tells the bridge's history. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad passes under the bridge and runs at the bottom of the valley.
Height and Length of the Royal Gorge Bridge
The distance between the bridge deck and the Arkansas River is approximately 321 meters (1,035 feet). This suspension bridge with central and side spans of 268 meters and 40 meters, a total length of about 384 meters (1,260 feet), a width of about 5.5 meters, and is composed of 1,292 walkway boards. The bridge is connected by two towers, suspended in the middle, and the height of the towers is about 46 meters.
|Total Length||384 m (1,260 ft)|
|Width||5.5 m (18 ft)|
|Longest Span||268 m (880 ft)|
|Clearance Below||321 m (1,035 ft)|
|Load Limit||2,000,000 pounds (910 t)|
The Royal Gorge Bridge is one of the most spectacular sights in the United States and is currently the highest suspension bridge in the world. This project is often compared with the great works of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York. You can take the Incline Railway to the bottom of the valley, take the Trolley to travel through the attractions through the bridge, or take the Aerial Tram to cross the canyon. Don't forget to walk across the suspension bridge to enjoy the stunning natural scenery.