FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. - An estimated 600 people attended the annual Easter sunrise service at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park on Sunday.
The service attracts people from all over the world and is a tradition that spans over 50 years.
"Look at the sunrise, joy comes in the morning. We have that privilege," said Pastor Grant Adkisson
As early as 5:30 a.m. more than 600 seats filled up for the Easter sunrise service.
"It was awesome. Nice, cool and fun to watch the sunrise while the preacher is talking," said Clayton Wwright.
For many, they find themselves listening to this service every Easter.
"It's a tradition that goes back since I think the Gorge was ever built. It's been a tradition for the area and my family," said David Freehling.
For others, it was a first.
"I'm from western Canada and it's a lot different than from where I'm from. Just to see that aspect and the gospel incorporated was awesome," said Michael Flag.
For Adkisson, known as the "Cowboy preacher," he's preached in all 50 states and over 40 countries but says this service always stands out.
"An incredible crowd. We had people from a couple of foreign counties and a number of states," Adkisson said.
Many say its the meaning of Easter combined with this unique setting that brings them back year after year.
The service was free to the public.
Donations went towards loaves and fishes which is a faith-based nonprofit that supports families and individuals with basic needs.