Royal Gorge Bridge and Park


In 1907, the federal government deeded Royal Gorge to Canon City for use as a municipal park. To make it possible for motorists to cross the gorge, thus enhancing its appeal as a tourist attraction, Lon Piper undertook the construction of a one-lane toll bridge in 1929. In spite of inexperienced labor, this engineering marvel was completed in six months, without any fatalities. Stretching 1,260 feet long and just 18 feet wide, the bridge is suspended from two 300-ton cables, each containing 2,100 strands of No. 9 galvanized wire. The floor of the bridge contains 1,000 tons of steel and 1,292 wooden planks.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil
Topic(s):Structures
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:"The world's highest suspension bridge, the Royal Gorge Bridge spans the massive granite gorge 1,053 feet above the Arkansas River. Built at a cost of $350,000 in 1929, its estimated replacement cost today is more than $10 million. "