A year after wildfires destroyed much of the area around Royal Gorge and closed it to visitors, the attraction reopened on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Just an hour or so westward into the mountains from Pueblo, the Royal Gorge is also sometimes called the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River. Judy and her Mom and I took the drive west on highway 50 to Canon City and then about 8 miles up and over the mountain trail to the Gorge.
The day was stunningly beautiful and the new visitors' center was well designed and welcoming.
The fires did not destroy the bridge, long touted as the highest suspension bridge in the world, dating back to 1929. We went across and back, and up to the overlook where we could see the entire bridge in all of its splendor.