Royal Gorge

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

The Royal Gorge Bridge is located in Canon City in the Pueblo Corporate Council, approximately 45 miles (72 km) from Colorado Springs and 147 miles (237 km) from central Denver. You'll want to allot more than the normal time to get there by vehicle, however, due to border stops and mountain roads. A scenic drive through the mountains, however, will lead you to the theme park and resort created around the historic bridge.

Constructed in 1929, the Royal Gorge bridge is still the largest suspension bridge in the world with the bridge deck hanging 1,053 feet (321 m) above the Arkansas River. Mainly a pedestrian bridge, this 1260 feet (384 m) long and 18 feet (5 m) wide bridge allows small vehicles and motorcycles to traverse it for an additional fee. The bridge deck is constructed of 1,292 wooden planks, with 28 of them being replaced annually.

A small theme park was built around the bridge at the end of the Twentieth Century, and then in 2046 a resort was installed on the location as well, complete with facilities for corporate meetings, conferences, and a five star spa.

In addition to being a favorite tourist location and corporate getaway, the site is renown for being the spot where Aztechnology Vice President of Research Aaron Sanchez was fatally gunned down in 2062, his body falling from the bridge itself into the Arkansas River. Sanchez body was never found. Security was upgraded in 2063 and there hasn't been another incident.

Game Information: The Royal Bridge isn't a magical hot spot. While a beautiful, scenic view of nature, the sheer number of guests have muddied any lingering traces of magical energies that may have collected here over the years. It is now known as a corporate getaway and tourist attraction. PCC runners as well as those from neighboring Colorado Springs use the site as a meeting place not only for the relative lack of listening devices on the bridge itself, but the 360 acres (146 hectares) of park and surrounding area complete with horseback riding and walking trails give ample ares for clandestine meetings.
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