Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Gateway Park Fun Center combines the splendor of its natural backdrop with a variety of manmade attractions. Fresh mountain air courses through the 18-hole mini-golf course and whips the hair of go-kart racers on a track more than 2,100 feet long. Guests with unstable hairdos can retreat inside, where an arcade loaded with games such as skee-ball and NFL Throw—along with an inline hockey rink—make the park a year-round destination.
Teammates skirt the abandoned RV, dart through the open door of a downed helicopter, and duck for cover behind a concrete bunker. After a pause, a player stands to check for enemies on the landscape of dusty huts and fences—only to have paint splatter across his chest. On Blitz Paintball's five recreational paintball fields, players immerse themselves in the thrill of paint-based combat through a range of scenarios. The staff designs regularly changing games for each field, including the traditional Capture the Flag or UN treaty signing, and also allows players to create their own styles of play.
Players rent standard semi-automatic, Tippmann A5, or high-end markers, pressurized tanks, and masks, and they prep for combat in a 5,000-square-foot shaded staging area. They're then turned loose to compete on the football-field-size Hyperball field, the Spool field, or themed Urban Combat, The Castle and Military Base fields, upon which elevated fortresses allow players to duck for cover from the aggressive native pigeon population. Projectiles whisper through the air in a two-story, 7,000-square-foot castle, where warriors work their way into an interior courtyard and massive throne room. Two regulation PSP tournament fields host more competitive play with astroturf and padded barriers.
Cleaved through 30 acres of densely situated corn stalks, the Wild West Corn Maze tests voyagers’ senses of direction as they maneuver through the leafy corridors. The cornrows compose 10 distinct mazes, including one with a cowboys-and-aliens theme and an obstacle course where visitors challenge scarecrows to a barrel-rolling duel as they search for the exit. After moving through the agrarian labyrinth, guests with unlimited-level tickets can check out a number of other autumnal attractions, including tractor rides, a farm-animal petting zoo, and a pumpkin patch. The bucolic setting also boasts a massive jumping pillow—an inflatable mat where tykes can bounce in the open air—a pumpkin launcher and a corn cannon, both of which hearken back to the simpler days when all nautical warfare was waged with produce.