With spring getting closer, consider making plans for a zipline adventure in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma has had what could be classified as a relatively mild winter. Now, when we have had those single-digit temperature days, where those February winds steal your breath, it may be somewhat difficult to look ahead and see the conclusion of winter.
In an upcoming article, I’ll be writing about some spring activities you can enjoy around various Oklahoma state parks. But for now, I want to put a spotlight on one extremely fun outdoor adventure; one of which runs a close second to fly-fishing. I’ve been lucky enough to do some stories for Discover Oklahoma around ziplining!
There are six different areas where you can take a zip line; Air Donkey Zipline Adventures in Davis; The Turner Falls Zipline; Rugaru Adventures Ziplining Tour in Broken Bow; POSTOAK Zip Line Canopy Tours in Tulsa; there’s a zip line you can take at the Orr Family Farm in Oklahoma City, as well as one at Riversport Adventures.
The two zip lines for which I reported on Discover Oklahoma were Air Donkey in Davis and Rugaru in Broken Bow.
One of the many elements of taking a zip line at Air Donkey is you will get an amazing view of the beautiful Arbuckle Mountains.
They have six lines, with the longest one being over 1,800 feet. But there’s nothing like that rush of excitement when you take off. On a zipline at Air Donkey, you are flying over a fascinating history lesson — about 250 million years of geology in fact.
Now, some zip lines are different in that at Air Donkey, you will learn how to brake and slow yourself down. At Rugaru Adventures Ziplining Tour in Broken Bow, the lines are designed where they are on an automatic braking system. The brakes will slow your descent into the landing and at every zip line location, there will be a guide at the end to help you.
At Rugaru, you will be zipping through the magnificent beauty of the Beavers Bend area, with one line taking you right across Broken Bow Lake! Rugaru also has six different lines that range from anywhere from 300 to 1,100 feet long.
I love the adrenaline rush and the bird’s-eye perspective on the beautiful surroundings at Air Donkey and Rugaru. Nothing will shake you out of your daily routine quite like zipping through the air!
Of course, safety is the top priority at all the zip line locations in Oklahoma. But as you plan a spring zip line adventure, be sure and check the website of the location where you would be going. Some are open about 50 weeks a year while others like Air Donkey, Rugaru and POSTOAK, will reopen in March.
In the meantime, here are some events and festivals coming up in March that you can plan for, possibly around your zip line adventure!
• March 3: Eagle watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park.
• March 3: Eagle Tour and Loon Watch at Sequoyah Wildlife Refuge & Tenkiller State Park.
• March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Drone Scavenger Hunt at the Woods & Waters Winery in Anadarko.
• March 23-25: Grand Lake Renaissance Festival in Vinita.
• March 24: Red Brick Road Food Truck & Art Festival in Enid.
As always, you can keep up with all the upcoming events and festivalson the official website of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, www. travelok.com.
A visitor tries the zip line at Rugaru Adventures Ziplining Tour in Broken Bow.
Visitors to Air Donkey Zipline Adventures in Davis can get a view of the Arbuckle Mountains when ziplining.