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KUSA – Royal Gorge Park is welcoming back visitors more than a year after a fire destroyed 48 of its 52 buildings.

The blaze spared the famous bridge.

"[We] went through seven months of construction and now seven months of demolition, you know, to get to this stage and we're very, very happy to see hundreds of people on the bridge finally," Royal Gorge Bridge and Park General Manager Mike Bandera said.

The park expected to get up to 10,000 visitors this weekend alone. That's less than their normal number, though: before the fire, the park averaged about 300,000 guests per year.

The park will be closed again Tuesday through Friday, but officially reopens next Saturday, Sept. 6.

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