Après zip adventure: Hopping happy hours in Colorado

Looking to extend and afternoon of zip adventure? Colorado’s got you covered with an array of hopping happy hours made for après adventure. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the state, boasting 284 craft breweries alone, ranks third in the nation for breweries per...

What to expect on a Royal Gorge rafting trip

While Colorado’s upper Arkansas River tends to get all the publicity, don’t over look Royal Gorge rafting. Featuring cliffs that plummet nearly 1,000 feet to raging waters below, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is one of Colorado's most iconic natural wonders. The...

Where’s the safest seat when whitewater rafting?

No one can guarantee that you won’t get tossed overboard when your river raft hits a big whitewater rapid. But if you’re not a fan of getting splashed in the face or bumped on the rump, the middle of the raft is probably your best bet. To understand your options,...

Your Denver snowmobile rental shop roundup

When you already know how to snowmobile, sometimes you just want to do your own thing. And that’s when knowing the Denver snowmobile rental, repair and sales shops comes in handy. In Denver, there are a handful of experienced motorsports shops that make getting you...

5 ways to overcome your fear of ziplining heights

You know the feeling: thumping heart, sweaty palms, racing mind. These are the side effects of a fear of heights when zip lining. If your fear is deep-seated, we don’t suggest you to try any outdoor activity that could harm you further psychologically. But if you are...

River rafting teaches kids outdoor adventure and ethics

Many Boy Scouts troops feature regular whitewater river rafting for good reasons: to teach boating skills, introduce kids to outdoor adventure and instill environmental ethics. Zach Hepp, now an Eagle Scout and High Point University graduate, remembers rafting when he...

The wonders of Colorado whitewater season

Colorado rivers look a little different every year—even every day. How fast and high rivers run during the Colorado whitewater season all depends on snowpack. And snowpack comes with many of its own variables: How much total snow fell throughout the winter? How warm...

DIY Colorado snowmobiling adventures

While it’s a good idea for beginners, you don’t always have to hire a guide to explore Colorado snowmobiling trails. For riders who have their own sleds or friends with the experience and gear, there are plenty of do-it-yourself snowmobile adventures not far from...

3 combo zipline adventure trips in Colorado

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...

How high is a standard zip line?

We know where the highest zip lines reside. But with so many different kinds of zip lines and topographies around the world, there seems to be no true "standard" for zipline heights. Often how far off the ground zipline wires are elevated depends on the surrounding...

Colorado zipline adventures by the views

Colorado offers some wildly diverse zipline adventures, which can make it a daunting task to choose just one. The state’s breathtaking natural topography features a variety of terrain and views, with zipline difficulty levels available for adventurers looking to fly...

Document your rafting trip without destroying your electronics

Nothing ruins a rafting trip like watching your camera sink into the depths of a churning river. Follow these tips for capturing memories and bringing them—and your electronics—home safely. Try a waterproof case Here the difference between water-resistant and...

Inside guide to resort snowmobiling in Colorado

Wondering which ski resorts like Vail offer snowmobiling in Colorado? You’re not alone. Plenty of skiers and snowboarders from around the country are adding snowmobiling excursions to the traditional ski vacation. Others are simply looking to Colorado’s plentiful...

Understanding whitewater rapid classes I-VI

Planning a rafting trip into whitewater rapids? A little homework goes a long way. The international river class (IRC) rating system helps paddlers choose rivers based on their skills and the river’s degree of difficulty. Many organizations borrow from these...

How to secure a zipline harness

It may sound easy: Just clip and zip, right? But zipline harnesses are a little tricky for those who have never used them, and cabling setups can vary by outfitter. Plus, people new to zip lining sometimes build up unwanted fears about the activity’s safety of...

Snowmobile rental tips for high-country adventure

There are lots of benefits to renting a snowmobile—cost, convenience, guides, insurance—but it’s good to know some snowmobile rental 101 before you swipe that credit card. Book early or smart. If you’re heading to a popular snowmobile vacation destination, especially...

Layman’s guide to safety certifications for zip lining

A new outdoor activity is piquing people’s interest and quickly becoming an undeniable trend: zip lining. Adventurers can soar through the sky, harnessed by a cable strung between trees, mountains or even man-made structures. When they take flight, riders can reach...

3 fun facts about Colorado zipline history

Oh, captain, my captain! The first known large-scale Colorado zipline tour started in 2005. Monty Holmes opened the original Captain Zipline’s Lost Canyon Zipline Tour near Salida, Colorado. The zipline was thought to be the third to open in the entire country, making...

The cutting-edge mechanics of an Arctic Cat snowmobile

Arctic Cat is one of the most recognizable snowmobiles in the world. And for good reason. The performance brand is known for its continuous improvement and truly cutting-edge innovation on every part of the sled. Each year Arctic Cat engineers are constantly looking...

How a river trip can change your kids’ lives

Youth organizations like National Outdoor Leadership School and the Boy Scouts take kids outdoors to teach them life skills, and there’s a good reason they choose river trips. Boaters learn everything from group dynamics and leadership skills to Leave No Trace ethics...

Colorado snowmobile vacations: popular places to stay and play

Many adventurers are discovering snowmobiling vacations, a growing winter trend that is exciting for family excursions, romantic getaways or one-of-a-kind solo treks. When you’re done exploring remote terrain or powder riding through fluffy powder there are plenty of...

Top 3 questions to qualify a river guide

Entrusting your life, really, to a river guide means you want to be absolutely confident in his or her abilities. Before you book a trip, as your outfitter these three questions: How are your guides certified? Professional river guide training requires over a hundreds...

Quick tips for dressing smart for a snowmobile tour

Just like any winter activity, a snowmobile tour requires that you dress for the elements. There could be cold temperatures, fierce wind, baking sun and variable conditions from heavy snow to sleet to rain—sometimes all in one day. Here’s what you need to wear to have...

4 Colorado whitewater rivers always worth running

What does Colorado whitewater status depend on most? Snowpack! The white stuff isn’t too shabby this year, which means when it melts come spring rivers will be raging—right alongside boaters' adrenaline. Whether you’re a beginner rafter looking for a gentle, yet...

Want to win a river lottery? Here’s how

We can’t guarantee anything, but next time you sign up for a river lottery, take these steps to improve your chances at winning the trip of a lifetime. You know a river is popular when getting a chance to run it costs you both a financial deposit and a heartfelt...

Yes, you can zip line in winter

While some zipline operations close for the cold season, others are just heating up. Just a half hour from I-70, one big winter zip line awaits near Leadville, Colorado, the highest incorporated town in America. The Top of the Rockies zip line starts at 11,500 feet...

Inside the best snowmobile offerings in Breckenridge

At an elevation of 9,600 feet and with a population of less than 5,000 people, the Summit County town of Breckenridge, Colorado, was first founded to serve miners hoping to strike it big during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. The nearby Blue River was ripe with placer gold...

4 ways to ride a snowmobile

How you position yourself to ride a snowmobile makes a big difference in the experience you’ll have on the trail. Several things come into play when choosing the right setup: Is this your first time driving a sled? Are you riding on difficult terrain or deep snow? For...

How to pick a river outfitter

All kinds come to the river, and all kinds run it. River guides also run the gamut—you’ll find everything from shirtless old timers to clean-cut college kids in uniform T-shirts. Is one better than the other? “It depends on what you’re looking for,” says Marian Allen,...

Canopy tour versus zip line: What’s the difference?

While many tours now combine both adventure types, a simple way to denote the difference is zip lining is more about how fast and far you go per “wire ride” and a canopy tour is more about an uninterrupted flow of aerial movements (often including a zip line) along a...

Safety tips for family snowmobiling

Like activities that involve exercise, outdoor skills, teamwork and adventure? What better way to spend outdoor time with loved ones than full-on family snowmobiling? According to the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association you are not alone if this type of...

Why Colorado should be your next rafting destination

Colorado rivers get a little over a half million visitors every year, and there’s a good reason rafting is so popular in this scenic state. Here are 10 of the state's top white water draws. There’s something for everyone. Colorado rafting has no prerequisites, and no...

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