Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Royal Gorge / Canon City

From Manitou Springs we hopped over to Canon City, a town that seems to be in the process of slowly dying - lots of stores closed and up for sale or lease.  By way of contrast, nearby Florence seems to have rescued its own demise by converting many, possibly most, of its stores to the antique trade.

Ten miles further we stayed at the Royal Gorge KOA - mostly empty, set on 19 peaceful acres well away from traffic, nice people, the owner serves a 'chuck wagon' breakfast from 7:30 - 9:00, lots of room to walk the dogs,  small pool - recommended.

Four miles from the KOA, and standing 956' above the Arkansas River, is the Royal Gorge Bridge, America's highest suspension bridge.  The bridge was built in 1929 as a tourist attraction.  More recently the whole area has been turned into a 'theme park'.  Train rides in the gorge, white water rafting, giant bungee swing, golf cart rentals, billboards everywhere, gondola rides, go kart track, Segway track, zip lines, helicopter rides, and who knows what else.  Crying shame that much of it despoils the landscape - at least that's my view.

Away from all commercial exploitation, the scenery is magnificent:

1 comment:

  1. Those Gondola cars look like three red brick Legos stuck together, which fits with the "them park" description you gave of all the "fun" stuff to do, and I agree, it distracts from the natural beauty of the area. So many places try to put lipstick on a pig to make what was already naturally beautiful into a complete entertainment center, when the nature should be the entertainment. Sort of like added extra sugar to orange juice; what is the point?

    In the last photo, I see a snow covered peak; what peak is that?