One of the biggest trends in zipline adventure is not all that different than other all-American tendencies: super-size it! In this case, however, it’s a healthy enterprise. More and more adventure outfitters are adding all types of bonus activities to a standard zipline ride.
These “combo” deals can fill a whole day—or even a weekend—with healthy outdoor adventure. Some packages amplify the adrenaline with zip lining and challenging options like rafting, rock climbing or ATV-ing. Others let the zipline activity steal the show, taking it down a notch with wine tasting, a hot springs dip or horseback riding.
So, go on, super size your next Colorado vacation or staycation with a multifaceted adventure like this:
Double the adrenaline
For some adventure junkies, zip lining is just the icing on an all-day adrenaline rush. If you like to fly high and keep the action at the extreme level, try a whitewater rafting half-day excursion followed by a zipline adventure ride to dry off, like the combo package dreamed up by American Adventure Expeditions. The outfitter offers a float (as rapid-filled as you like) on the Arkansas River, followed by gourmet barbecue lunch, followed by a zip line across Buena Vista’s “Lost Canyon.”
Zip and sip
If you consider drinking craft beer a sport, like many in Colorado’s microbrew mecca, you’ll love Denver Adventures’ zipline course, which is coupled with a relaxing session of sipping local micro-brews, whiskeys and wines, plus snacks. You may need the wind-down time after tackling this company’s wildest zipline adventure rides, which top out at 250 feet high, 1,900 feet long with speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. Choose from between four and eight zipline sessions or try a sunset tour. It’s all just 30 minutes from Denver.
Pack it all in
At Noah’s Ark Adventure Park, you can add a zipline tour to any activity that floats your boat. One clever combo includes playing on zip lines, high-rope bridges, a giant swing and over 60 other tree-top features, followed by a slower-paced multiday backpacking trip. Three- to six-day overnight hiking trips explore the gorgeous Collegiate Peaks area of Colorado, featuring the highest mountains in the state.