About an hour and a half—60 or so miles—southwest of Colorado Springs lies the Royal Gorge. America’s highest suspension bridge, completed in 1929, sways over the 1,200-foot-deep Royal Gorge, making some queasy and others exhilarated. You can ride the tame miniature train in the park to the rim or take a stomach-churning flying leap on the Skycoaster out over the chasm. (Imagine being in a giant slingshot.) Other options include a mule ride, a tram across the span and an incline rail to the bottom. The Royal Gorge Scenic Route Railroad runs through the canyon below, and whitewater rafters ply the wild Arkansas River with local outfitters. Nearby, Buckskin Joe’s is a replica of an authentic Old West town—a place where movies have been made and where mock gunfights (hokey but funny) are held daily.
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