Just a few generations ago, the sky was a mysterious place, a domain fit only for birds and wizards. Today, that same space is filled with something far more familiar: the excited shrieks of parachute-clad skydivers. At High Sky Adventures, a team of instructors helps guests start that skyward journey with everything from ground school to guided jumps. Whether they're making their first jumps or simply chasing another thrill, divers follow time-tested training standards established by the United States Parachute Association and the American
Independent Skydive Company allows thrill seekers to see the Rocky Mountains from an entirely new perspective: from the top-down. Flights leave from the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport, ferrying licensed solo jumpers and first-time thrill seekers alike up into the sky's blue expanse.
Beginners make the jump safely secured to one of the company's highly experienced instructors, reaching speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. When the time is right, the instructor will deploy the chute, giving his or her attached jumper plenty of time to admire the breathtaking view or write "wash me" on low-flying UFOs as they gently drift to the ground.
The USPA-rated instructors at Out of the Blue Skydiving have jumped out of perfectly good airplanes countless times, and give adventurous newcomers the guidance and confidence they need to try it, too. During tandem jumps, students are strapped to their instructors after a 10-minute comprehensive ground lesson. Following take-off, planes ascend to 12,000 ft. agl., at which point the door opens and the tandem free fall begins. The center also happily welcomes experienced jumpers, providing them with the rides and equipment they need to get an adrenaline fix.
High above the red rock canyon country of southeastern Utah, skydivers fly through the air as their bodies approach terminal velocity. Wind rushes through their hair before a cord is yanked and their searing descent slows into a gentle float.
At Skydive Moab, for over 11 years, novices paired with certified instructors as well as experienced skydivers pilot the skies above Moab?s Arches and Canyonland parks. The veteran skydiving outfit boasts more than 30,000 jumps and they supervise tandem flights, initial solo jumps, and certification programs in accelerated freefall. Before dives, customers ride up into the wild blue yonder aboard a Cessna 182, taking in the scenery below, which is composed of craggy, red rock canyons and the juncture where the Colorado and Green rivers merge to create the biggest natural bubble bath in the state.
An experienced staff of former military personnel, pilots, and fun-loving adventurers at Skydive Colorado strap into tandem harnesses with customers before plunging into 30-second free falls. Staffers may also snap photos or film and keep customers guarded from nesting eagles as they scream into the blue, free-falling and canopy-gliding over the Colorado countryside's hills, mountains, and cliffs. Many of the instructors can also guide visitors through static-line training and skydive licensing.
Even after more than 18,000 jumps, Skydive Canyonlands' owner and USPA-certified instructor Paul Gray enjoys every free fall. With a focus on safety, Paul and his team help introduce new people to the sport during tandem jumps, soaring high above the Moab area's breathtaking views. Reddish rock formations, the buttes of Arches National Park, and the giant water fountain at the head of the Colorado River come into view as instructors and pupils jump from a specially equipped Cessna 210 aircraft. While freefalling, Paul and his team can capture high-definition videos and pictures for divers to show to their friends or use to impress pet birds.