Royal Gorge Bridge and Park to continue tours this summer amid fire repairs

CANON CITY, Colo. - The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park will continue its guided tours on weekends and holidays this summer as it rebuilds from last summer's fire.

The park started bus tours last month and will continue that during the busy summer tourism season, while crews continue to rebuild.

A wildfire last June destroyed 48 of the park's 52 buildings. The iconic bridge suffered minor damage.

The Canon City Daily Record reported the $23 million first phase of reconstruction is scheduled for completion in August. The first phase includes a 14,000 square-foot visitors center, a passenger train and a large children's play area.

The Canon City City Council's master plan for the park includes visitor centers on each side of the bridge, a food court, train stations and platforms and a zip line, along with operational issues like a generator, water treatment equipment, landscaping and parking.

Repairs are estimated to cost $25 to $40 million. Most of the costs will be covered by insurance.

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