Ziplines in Colorado carry you over the fray

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Gra­ham Am­brose

Zi­plin­ing opens the beauty of flight to all Coloradans, no pi­lot’s li­cense re­quired, and sum­mer is the per­fect time to go soar­ing through the sky. We’ve as­sem­bled a list of some of the state’s high-speed thrills across the Cen­ten­nial State. Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours

With 20 to­tal ziplines and more than 3 miles of ad­ven­ture, the Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours of­fers two cour­ses — “clas­sic” and “ex­treme” — for zi­plin­ers of all ex­pe­ri­ences and stom­achs for thrill. First-timers come for gor­geous look at Cañon City and keep com­ing back for the unique zi­pline ex­pe­ri­ence, which fea­tures guide-led hikes filled with lo­cal his­tory and lore.

45045 W. U.S. 50, Cañon City, 719-2757238; $89-$139; roy­al­go­rgezi­pline­

Soar­ing Tree Top Ad­ven­tures

At Soar­ing Tree Top Ad­ven­tures, 27 unique ziplines will take you on a scenic jour­ney in the San Juan Moun­tains. Lines range from 56 to more than 1,400 feet, which the com­pany claims is the long­est zi­pline course in the United States. Only ac­ces­si­ble by the Du­rango and Sil­ver­ton Nar­row Gauge Rail­road, the ziplines prom­ise a full day of ad­ven­ture.

964 County Road 200, Du­rango, 970769-2357; $299-$529; soar­ing­col­

Colorado Ad­ven­ture Cen­ter Glen­wood Springs, Idaho Springs

An ideal op­tion for be­gin­ners and ur­ban­ites, the Colorado Ad­ven­ture Cen­ter of­fers zips across the Colorado River at the Glen­wood Springs site, and the Idaho Springs site — just a half-hour trip from Den­ver — is near Clear Creek. White­wa­ter raft­ing pack­ages make for an easy sup­ple­ment to a day of adren­a­line.

1308 CR 129, Glen­wood Springs; 2697 Stan­ley Road, Du­mont, 888-4947386; $35-$96; raft­ing­col­

Cas­tle Rock Zi­pline Tours Cas­tle Rock

At Cas­tle Rock, speed is the name of the game. Ten ziplines will let you fly at more than 50 miles per hour. A 1,500-foot du­al­race line will let you and a friend fight for ve­loc­ity with a view. In­ter­ac­tive sky treks and a sky-high ad­ven­ture tower com­ple­ments the fun for all ages of climbers, zip­pers and speed­sters.

1375 West Plum Creek Park­way, Cas­tle Rock, 720-733-9477; $89; castle­rockzi­pline­

Den­ver Ad­ven­tures — Zi­pline Conifer

What’s 30 min­utes out­side Den­ver, 250 feet off the ground, and lets cus­tomers travel up to 55 mph? The Den­ver Ad­ven­tures zi­pline course, which fea­tures five ziplines in the steep pines of the Rocky Moun­tains. A great course for novices and city-dwellers look­ing to fit zi­plin­ing into busy sched­ules.

26267 Conifer Road, Conifer; 303-984-6151; $59-$99; den­ver­ad­ven­­pline/

Cap­tain Zi­pline Sal­ida

There’s much more to Cap­tain Zi­pline’s of­fer­ings than a zip through the air. The Lost Canyon Zi­pline Tour con­sists of six ca­bles be­tween 200 and 700 feet that sail over a rocky canyon, as well as an 80-foot prac­tice cable. Two-hour hik­ing trails be­tween the take-off and land­ing plat­forms al­low for groups large and small to see the Rocky Moun­tain land­scape first­hand in all its nat­u­ral splen­dor. Mean­while, an aerial ad­ven­ture park lets pa­trons play on nine cour­ses of var­i­ous dif­fi­cul­ties.

1500 County Road 45, Sal­ida, 877-947-5463; $79-$139; cap­tainzi­

Broad­moor Soar­ing Ad­ven­tures Colorado Springs

Deep in the clois­tered South Cheyenne Canyon, Broad­moor Soar­ing Ad­ven­tures claims to of­fer a view­ing of “the Grand­est Mile of Scenery in Colorado” — wa­ter­falls, moun­tains, green hills -- across 10 ziplines di­vided be­tween two cour­ses. Hik­ing trails, two sus­pen­sion rope bridges and a 180-foot rap­pel frame Colorado’s nat­u­ral al­lure. 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, 844-876-4968; $168-$290; broad­­moor-ad­ven­tures/

AVA Zip Lines Gran­ite and Idaho Springs

Arkansas Val­ley Ad­ven­tures’ Moun­tain­top Zi­pline tour near Buena Vista (in Gran­ite) has seven ziplines, in­clud­ing a 900foot dual race line for friends to duke it out. The Cliff­side Zi­pline Tour in Idaho Springs has six lines and a “Surf Zip.” Pack­ages in­clude raft­ing, rock climb­ing and even a three­hour train ride on the Ge­orge­town Loop that makes na­ture ac­ces­si­ble.

Call 855-947-7464 for direc­tions to out­posts; $79-89; col­oradozi­­pline-cour­ses/

Top of the Rock­ies Zip Line Leadville

Four­teen­ers alert: The stan­dard two-hour zi­pline tour at Top of the Rock­ies shows off Mount El­bert and Mount Mas­sive, two of the tallest peaks in North Amer­ica, plus a num­ber of his­toric gold mines. Wildlife sight­ings are pos­si­ble, for the lucky. A train-zi­pline pack­age in­cludes a cable that runs over a run­ning train.

6492 Colorado 91, Leadville, 970-668-5323; $100-$155; topofthe­rock­ieszi­

Steam­boat Zi­pline Ad­ven­tures Steam­boat Springs

The six ziplines at Steam­boat Zi­pline Ad­ven­tures leaves plenty of time for scenic, guide-led hikes through the Yampa Val­ley and Flat Top range. Start­ing just a few min­utes’ drive out­side Steam­boat Springs, the ad­ven­ture shows off the rolling hills of north­ern Colorado.

31939 E. U.S. 40, Steam­boat Springs, 970.879.6500; $95; steam­boatzi­plin­ead­ven­­dex.html Pikes Peak Ziplines Man­i­tou Springs

Jump off the edge of a cliff to start the zi­plin­ing fun at Pikes Peak, where only nat­u­ral, non-ar­ti­fi­cial plat­forms be­gin ev­ery jour­ney. Tues­days and Thurs­days from 5:30-7:30 p.m. are fam­ily nights, when all guests pay $45 for an open course.

1335 W. Man­i­tou Ave., Man­i­tou Springs, 800-7550935; $45-$85; ad­­zi­plines.html

Seth McCon­nell, The Den­ver Post

Lo­gan Bal­lard tra­verses an ob­sta­cle at Cas­tle Rock Zip Line Tours.

Seth McCon­nell, The Den­ver Post

Sam Hamil­ton makes his way through an ob­sta­cle at Cas­tle Rock Zip Line Tours.

Helen H. Richard­son, The Den­ver Post

Leah Schi­ola en­joys the ride on one of the ziplines at Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours.

Helen H. Richard­son, The Den­ver Post

Crys­tal Magee gets un­hooked from the line af­ter de­scend­ing al­most 1,000 feet at Colorado Zip Line Tours.

Seth McCon­nell, The Den­ver Post

Sam Hamil­ton makes his way through an ob­sta­cle at Cas­tle Rock Zip Line Tours.

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