Colorado Springs is such an amazing place that it’s one of the few we’ve come across that we’d consider using as a home base once we trade in the RV. There’s a vibrant small city, close proximity to Denver, stunning parks, and access to some of the best outdoor activities and scenic beauty anywhere in the world.
It is also one of those areas that decided it can charge tourists exorbitant prices for things that are free most everywhere else.
We skipped Seven Falls because . . . really? . . . $9.25 to see a scraggly waterfall. That’s precisely $9.25 more than we paid to see Niagara and dozens of other awesome waterfalls. It’s also $9.25 more than we paid to see Helen Hunt Falls a mere ten minute drive from Seven Falls.
Then there is Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in the world. We’ve traveled over hundreds of bridges, not all as pretty as Royal Gorge, but none of them were as expensive either. A trip across Royal Gorge sets you back $18.25 per person. That’s the price for off-season tickets. San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge charges less than a third as much, six bucks per car.
True, Royal Gorge mucked up the area with other “attractions” like a pathetic petting zoo and some carnival rides. I suppose some might see these things as adding value worth paying for, but apparently the park doesn’t. They only offer a discount of a couple dollars for people arriving early to see the bridge when all of the other “attractions” are closed.
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, meanwhile, is only the fifth highest in the U.S., but charges the right price. It’s free.