An Alternate Summit County Adventure: Ziplining
Posted by: admin April 28th, 2016
We all know the extreme beauty that the Rocky Mountains of Colorado exude. And there are numerous ways to experience the magnificence of this splendor, but perhaps no better way than gliding way above the forests and mountains of our diverse landscape on a zipline. When you book your stay at our Frisco hotel, you will be within easy driving distance of a multiple number of ziplining experiences, each with their own unique experiences. Of course the Frisco Lodge’s concierge will be able to point you in the right direction for your particular needs, but the following is a list of our favorite outfitters.
Colorado Adventure Center
Just a 40-minute drive from our Frisco Lodging, in Idaho Springs, lies the Colorado Adventure Center with its eight 65’ tall wooden zipline launch towers. A can’t miss when you are driving on I-70, the Canopy Tour has you fly through the trees for over 5,000 ft. while crossing the Clear Creek multiple times. This zip is among the longest and highest courses in Colorado and offers the history of three distinct gold mining claims and the rich history of the Idaho Springs area.
AVA Colorado Ziplining
Also located in Idaho Springs, AVA Colorado Zipline Tours offers two adventures for you to choose from: the Cliffside Zipline & Aerial Tour and Starlight Zipline Adventure. The Cliffside Zipline Tour is a 6-line course that runs over Idaho Springs and Chicago Creek. After a 10-minute hike to platform #1, your zipline tour includes a dual race line, a hanging bridge, a log cross, and a 50-foot Cliffside free fall. The Starlight Zipline Adventure is precisely what it sounds like – ziplining after dark. Using headlamps and glowsticks in addition to the moon and stars, this tour is available starting May 6 on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6pm. With both of these adventures you will be launching from platforms that are built into the natural cliffs and treetops. Though you are just a ¼ mile from the Interstate, you will feel miles away within the pristine beauty and undeveloped forest that you will be immersed in.
Top of The Rockies Zip Line
35 minutes from our Frisco bed & breakfast, and only 15 minutes south of Copper Mountain lies Top of the Rockies Zip Line. At 11,200 feet high, Top of the Rockies offers three ziplining packages for your enjoyment. The Standard Two-Hour Prospector Zip Line Tour includes six zip line sections with over 8,000 feet of zip lines. You will arrive to your destination via monster truck, 4-wheel drive van, or Polaris ATV (depending on trail conditions) through the forest to the departure deck. Once you have embarked, you will appreciate amazing panoramic views of Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert, two of the highest peaks in North America. While fly-overs of the historic Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad are not guaranteed, certain zips run parallel to the tracks while a different section runs directly over the tracks. The 2 Hour Zip Line Tour Plus Lunch is exactly that – the same as the Prospector Tour, but with lunch included. And finally, The Four Hour Rails and Zip Line Tour includes a voucher to ride the railroad as you climb 1,000 feet above the valley floor to the Private Preserve high upon the Continental Divide. After a box lunch, you are off to soar offer the massive canyons, alpine meadows, and bubbling brooks.
Breck Flyer Zipline
One of the newest zipline adventures in the area, the Breck Flyer Zipline is accessed at the the base of Peak 8 at the famed Breckenridge Ski Resort. Just a 15-minute drive from our hotel, this two-stage zipline has a first span of 392 feet and a second span of 1,095 feet. While soaring 50 feet above the ground, you will experience 240 feet of elevation change as you take in the Ten Mile Range and the scenic beauty of the ski resort below.
As mentioned, these are just four of our favorites and the closest ziplining adventures to the Frisco Lodge. Why not try something different on your next Summit County vacation and gather the family for the experience of a lifetime! See the Rocky Mountains like you’ve never seen before.
*Photos courtesy of the Summit Daily, Colorado.com, and Breckenridge.com.