The Highest Suspension Bridge In the United States
Royal Gorge Bridge was first built in 1929 over a period of just six months for the purpose of being a tourist attraction. From 1929 until 2001 it was the highest suspension bridge in the world.
However in 2001 the Liuguanghe Bridge in the Hubei Province of China was completed and is now considered the highest suspension bridge in the world. Royal Gorge Bridge is now the 11th highest bridge in the world according to Bridgehunter.com.
Royal Gorge Bridge still remains the highest suspension bridge in the United States. It has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in Colorado since its completion, the full cost of building it $350,000. In 1982/83 the Royal Gorge Bridge underwent major renovation at a cost of 2.8 million dollars. My how things changed.
This writer was there during that renovation period. The bridge was closed to vehicle traffic and people were only allowed to walk on the bridge. When I got close to the entrance of the bridge and looked down to the bottom of the canyon I could not bring myself to set foot on the bridge. Instead, I stood far enough back from the edge of the canyon to see it sufficiently to my own satisfaction.
Yes, I have a thing about heights, and that bridge is 955 feet above the Arkansas River. There was no charge for walking on the bridge when I was there back in 1983.
Had the bridge not been closed to vehicle traffic, my husband would have driven our car onto it before I realized just how high it was. Had that happened, I feel certain that even at my then youthful age I would have died of a heart attack on the spot. Once on the bridge the only way off is to keep going the full length – 938 feet.
Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge Nearly 1000 Feet Above the Arkansas River!
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Activities
Located southwest of Colorado Springs on Highway 50, the Royal Gorge Bridge is 18 feet wide and includes a wooden walkway on one side for brave souls who want to feel as if they are sky walking.
The bridge is surrounded by a 360-acre theme park that includes what is promoted as the “scariest skycoaster.” The world’s steepest incline railway, and one of the longest single-span aerial trams are also available for tourist’s enjoyment.
Due to be completed by the end of April of 2012 is the Soaring Eagle Zip Line, highest in the world. Bungee jumping, rafting, and helicopter rides are also offered in the area. For people who like a slower pace, there are mule rides. There is also a petting zoo and some less daring rides for young children.
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More Incredible Views of Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge in Colorado
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Robert Sacchi on March 29, 2019:
The old saying is America is a great country for the very rich and the very poor. I can't complain though I seem to do well with the taxes. The nastiest hit I took was in '95. Then I stopped doing standard deductions and paid someone to do my taxes.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 29, 2019:
Robert Sacchi, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. A lot of progress was made in this country with all manner of structures, but especially with our highway system, etc. During the Eisenhower Administration the highest tax rate was 92%. Even during the Reagan Administration the highest tax bracket was still 83%. Now the wealthy are the moochers and hardly pay any tax at all. I was surprised when they received 2 more tax cuts from Trump. I didn't realize they were still paying income taxes of any amount.
It is the nearly extinct middle class that pays the brunt of taxes in this country as neither the poor nor the obscenely wealthy pay much if any income taxes anymore.
The poor don't have enough income to pay anything and the extremely wealthy find it cheaper to buy members of Congress and the president than to pay taxes. No more middle man (U.S. Treasury), the money from the wealthy goes straight into the pockets of their favorite Congress lackeys.
Robert Sacchi on March 16, 2019:
Those pictures give amazing views of the bridge. I can see where going across the bridge could be frightening. It is amazing the structures built around that time in the U.S. and at such low costs.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on January 14, 2017:
Colorfulone, thank you for checking out this article. It is indeed an amazing and spectacular view! There are lots of those in Colorado, and I highly recommend everyone go out there and experience as many of them as possible.
Happy New Year!
Susie Lehto from Minnesota on December 31, 2016:
I honestly hadn't heard of the Royal Gorge Bridge before, much less seen photos of it and the gorge. I would not want to go over that bridge unless it was absolutely necessary. Since I don't live anywhere near, I'm sure that I am not going to have cross over.
Pretty spectacular view in person, I imagine.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 05, 2015:
Thank you for reading and commenting Patricia (pstraubie48). I think I've been over that bridge in Florida that goes out around into the ocean, can't remember what it's called. Is that the one you're talking about? I was younger than and heights did't bother quite so much.
If I went out of this one I think I would die from fright. ;) Thank you for the angels Patricia and may hey surround you and your family at all times and keeping you all safe.
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on September 04, 2015:
O my, Aufait I would have been right beside you knowing what I know now about this HIGH bridge. It is quite amazing...how it ever got built is beyond my comprehension....
the Skyway Bridge in St Pete is high ...it does not seem so till you go up and up but I get anxiety over the top when I cross it but it would seem to be a baby compared to this one.
Angels are once again bringing you hugs and blessings ps
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 10, 2014:
Sujaya Vankatesh, you're welcome. So glad you could come by and check out this article!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 09, 2014:
Thank you for coming by Shyron. Glad you enjoy these photos. They can have the effect of making a person think. Thanks for the votes and share too.
Sounds like my day will be a little more pleasant than yours. Temperature wise at least. I never cut grass. I've done plenty of it in the past, as well as lots of downright grungy dirty jobs, and now I choose not to do it anymore.
It's not an issue of brightness, but of the value of time and the ability to spend it doing things you enjoy. Lots of people literally don't have that option. If you enjoy cutting grass in the hot sun when the temp is 95+ degrees then that is absolutely what you should do. :)
Try to stay cool and take lots of breaks. You are my dear friend and a blessing also, so try not to cook yourself past well done . . .
sujaya venkatesh on July 05, 2014:
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 04, 2014:
I am back to share this again. The pictures are awesome, and I voted that way, also shared.
Hope you enjoyed your day.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 27, 2014:
BristolBoy, thank you for stopping by. The Clifton Suspension Bridge may very well be more impressive architecturally as you say, I wouldn't know since I've never heard of it before. I think what is impressive here is the surroundings of this bridge. Appreciate your thoughts!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 25, 2014:
Diogenes, thank you for stopping by. This bridge would certainly be high enough and there's some pretty hard rocks at the bottom that will guarantee success. Do hope your spirits are better now and that you're imagining more pleasurable things . . . xx
BristolBoy from Bristol on May 25, 2014:
Very high bridge. Here in Bristol there is the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which whilst not so high is arguably more impressive architecturally (but then I would say that, wouldn't I!)
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 21, 2014:
Hackslap, thank you for stopping by. Colorado has more to see than DisneyWorld, though of a different nature. The scenery almost everywhere is breathtaking. Find the time to visit there, check out the bridge, drive down the Million Dollar Highway, visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, check out the cliff dwellings in Pueblo, and so much more. Always something to do and beautiful scenery to look at. Thanks again for stopping by!
diogenes on May 20, 2014:
I use3d to merely admire bridges like this...now I check their height, etc., to see if they have good possibilities to jump off.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 19, 2014:
Peggy W, thank you for commenting on, pinning, and sharing this hub!
Harry from Sydney, Australia on May 16, 2014:
I've never been to Colorado but would go there just to see this bridge and take in the activities .... what a maginificent piece of engineering ..
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 16, 2014:
Will share this good hub again and pin to my Awesome Hubpages board. I loved getting to visit there even though it was during the cold of winter.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 07, 2014:
Thank you Deborah-Diane, for commenting and sharing this article. The photos are incredible aren't they? Being there is more so. It is possible to go around the bridge and of course people who choose to drive over it are monitored to maintain the stability and safety of the bridge.
Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on March 04, 2014:
Awesome photos! With people getting ready to plan their spring break and summer vacations, I thought I few might want to include this bridge on their road trips! Sharing!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 26, 2014:
Thank you Shyron, for stopping in and taking another look at these incredible photos. Very scary to me, but it does have guard rails and more. There are people on duty who monitor the vehicles going over only allowing so many on the bridge at a time and they must maintain a safe speed. Thanks for the votes and the share too!
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on February 22, 2014:
Au fait, this is a beautifuf hub and I enjoy coming her to look at the pictures. The bridge, no, no ,no, no I have seen enough of them, and know a couple of people who went off the ones in the state where I was born. They were not sway bridges, but might as well have been they did not have guard rails.
Voting up, interesting, amazing and sharing.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on December 29, 2013:
Obreinfamily, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. It was too scary for me to even walk out on when I was there! ;)
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on December 28, 2013:
Thank you for sharing this article Moonlake! People can drive around the bridge to get to their destination if they don't want to go over it. Colorado does have some breathtaking scenery all over the state.
Happy New Year to you and your family too! Hope 2014 will see improvements for everyone all over the world. The bad economies and wars around the world are long past tedious and time for a change . . .
Amy Goldstein from Chesterfield on December 27, 2013:
wow those pictures were scary. I dont think I would be taking that bridge..lol
moonlake from America on December 26, 2013:
Thought I would come back and share this interesting hub with my follows it may be a vacation people would like to think about taking. Have a Happy New Year.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on November 25, 2013:
Thank you Shryon, for the votes and the share. Glad you enjoy the pictures!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on November 23, 2013:
MG Singh, thank you for stopping by.
MG Singh from UAE on November 15, 2013:
Very interesting news
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on November 15, 2013:
I love looking at the pictures, they are beautiful, I enjoyed traveling when we were kids.
Voted up, UABI and shared.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 16, 2013:
Thank you Shyron E Shenko for sharing this article! Glad you enjoyed!!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 29, 2013:
Patsybell, thank you for reading and voting on this article! Glad you enjoyed it and want to see Royal Gorge for yourself. Colorado has lots of interesting and worthwhile places to visit. Every state has its own beauty and Colorado is packed with beautiful scenery.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 25, 2013:
Thank you Peggy W for pinning and sharing this hub!
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on September 23, 2013:
Au fait, sharing this again, only because it is so beautiful.
Patsy Bell Hobson from zone 6a, Southeast Missouri, USA on September 23, 2013:
Now, You have added one more thing to my bucket list! Liked and voted up.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 22, 2013:
Going to share this good hub again and pin this to my Colorado board.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 21, 2013:
Hackslap, thanks for stopping by.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 20, 2013:
Thank you moonlake for checking this hub out and voting on it and sharing it. I couldn't persuade myself to get very close to the edge even, and definitely no walking out on it. I just couldn't deal with the vast nothingness that seemed to be holding the bridge up. It is a sight to see.
Harry from Sydney, Australia on August 18, 2013:
I have always been fascinated by bridges ... ..I'd love to drive across the Milau Viaduct in France and the Oresund across Denmark and Sweden :)
moonlake from America on August 18, 2013:
I'm not sure I want to go across that Bridge but I would like to take a vacation there so I will pin it to my vacation board. Voted up, shared and pinned.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 09, 2013:
fpherj48, thank you Paula, for reading, commenting, and voting on this article. Yes, I didn't even have the nerve to walk onto the bridge and in fact stayed at least 20 feet back from what appeared to be a drop off near the edge of the canyon.
I stood right at the edge of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and it's a drop that's just as deep, but even though there was no safety barrier of any kind it didn't have the same effect for some reason. However I worried when I saw a woman coming with 3 little boys, all appeared under the age of 4, heading for that place I had just been standing where there was a sheer drop for hundreds of feet, and as stated, no safety barrier of any kind.
Colorado is just full of places like this and some are right beside the roads with no guardrails so that on a clear day you can see forever . . . ;)
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 08, 2013:
Thank you for stopping by, all the votes and the share, too! Love the way you say you're allergic to heights. They just scare me to death, but I'm allergic to pretty much everything else.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 06, 2013:
Thank you rajan jolly for reading, commenting, voting on and sharing this hub! If you think walking on the bridge would be scary, try driving a 4,000 or more pound vehicle across it. I have done neither. I haven't the bravado to do it, but lots of people do. :)
Suzie from Carson City on August 05, 2013:
Au fait.....I'm glad you can't see my colorless face...or hear me scream in fear! OMG, woman....this BRIDGE! I can empathize with your issues with heights! I have always had a seriously morbid FEAR of them.....to the point of "ridiculous." I've researched all the many suggestions to conquering phobias, thus far, to no avail.
I must agree with you. Were someone to drive me onto this particular bridge.........ALL of my phobias would go away....for GOOD!....UP+++
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 04, 2013:
Au fait, useful, awesome, beautiful and voted up and will share this interesting hub.
I am afraid in this case I am alergic to heights.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 04, 2013:
Au fait, I had no idea of this bridge but it must feel awesome but scary to be at that height walking on the bridge if I could.
Voted up, interesting and shared.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 12, 2013:
Deborah-Diane, thank you for stopping by and commenting on this hub. I've never had the nerve to cross this bridge, so I honestly don't know what kind of experience it would be. ;)
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 11, 2013:
Peggy W, thank you for reading, commenting, voting on, and especially for sharing this hub! I very much appreciate that you shared a bit of your own experience with Royal Gorge, too!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 11, 2013:
Thank you Tillsontitan for reading and commenting and for voting on this hub! Agree with you entirely, accept that in my old age (ever since I was about 20 or so) I have had a thing about heights. Glad you enjoyed the photos -- the best way to look at this bridge. ;)
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 10, 2013:
Thank you mperrottet, for reading, commenting, voting on, and especially for sharing this hub! The scenery is amazing, but like I said in this hub, I couldn't even bring myself to walk out onto the bridge. I stood back several feet from the edge and looked down into the gorge from there.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 09, 2013:
Thank you torrilynn for reading, commenting, voting on, and sharing this hub! Thank you for such high praise. Glad you enjoyed. Hope you get to visit one day.
Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on March 04, 2013:
Incredible! It must be quite an experience to cross this bridge!
Mary Craig from New York on March 04, 2013:
Beautiful photos and though I'm not normally afraid of heights I think I would have to think twice about this one...that's a long way down! Great hub Au fait.
Voted up, useful, beautiful, and interesting.
Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on March 04, 2013:
Wow - I'm usually not too bad when it comes to heights, but that bridge is just a little scary. I'd love to see it though - the scenery is awesome. Great hub - voted up, useful, beautiful, interesting - and I'll be sharing.
torrilynn on March 04, 2013:
thanks for the photos and the magnificient hub that you
put together hear about this suspension bridge. Im always interested in
learning information and sharing it with others.
voted up and shared.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 04, 2013:
Hi Au fait,
Aha! Someplace that we have both visited! I am going to link this to my hub titled Pictures of Winter Teeth Chattering Visit ~ Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado. As you might surmise, we were there in the winter. Brrrr! Still remember that trip to the bottom of the Arkansas River. Couldn't wait to get back up. Not many people on the ride with us and I can understand why. It was so cold! UUI votes and sharing.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 10, 2012:
Brett: Thank you for taking time to read and comment on my hub. Yes it was a lot of money back then. Think what it would cost today! Glad you liked the photos.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 09, 2012:
Thank you for your comments, Bobby! xx
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 07, 2012:
leahlefler: Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my hub. Glad you enjoyed the photos. You should check out my hub on the Colorado National Monument -- think you would like those photos as much or more.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 05, 2012:
ytsenoh: Thank you for reading and sharing your own memories and experience! Very much appreciated.
Brett C from Asia on June 03, 2012:
Great photos and man that was a lot of money back then!! Still is actually, but in those days it was HUGE spending.
Shared, up and interesting.
diogenes from UK and Mexico on June 03, 2012:
Who'se a big woosey then! Enough to make your gorge rise, eh! Interesting hub. That's some hole in the ground!
Leah Lefler from Western New York on June 03, 2012:
WOW - that is a HIGH bridge! I love it - though I would probably have a panic attack crossing it. I love your photos - I have to put this on my bucket list. I love it!
Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on June 03, 2012:
Oh my goodness. This hub brought back memories. I've been here, rode that tram and drove across the rickety bridge. It was a great experience to aid in getting over height issues, but I don't think I would want to drive across that bridge again. Definitely a place of interest for tourists, however, and the scenery. Voted you up for the memory and your content. Thanks.