Ziplines originally were invented for just two functions: sneaking hamburgers over the Berlin Wall and zazzing up presidential entrances to State of the Union addresses. Glide into a great adventure with today's Groupon: for $79, you get a Colorado River adventure package from Colorado Adventure Center in Glenwood Springs (up to a $158.76 total value). The package includes:
- Zipline adventure (a $45 value)
- The Double Shoshone rafting adventure (up to a $57 value)
- One wetsuit rental (an $11 value)
- One riverside campsite (a $34 value)
- User fees (an $11.76 value)
Colorado Adventure Center's outdoor excursions slap lethargic adrenal glands into action, whisking guests off to exciting destinations courtesy of Glenwood Canyon and the Colorado River. Visitors first enjoy four flights on a 350-foot zipline, soaring to and fro across the canyon with all the speed and grace of a designer cannonball, then commence their scenic rafting adventure on the Lower Colorado River, bravely stabbing paddles into the class-3 swells of the Shoshone Rapids during two back-to-back trips. Come nightfall, adventurers pitch tents along the riverbank, enjoying the camaraderie of the campfire pit, picnic area, and charcoal barbecue grills. Ensconced in the canyon's towering walls, campers can enjoy the tranquility of nature and still have convenient recourse to amenities such as a bathhouse, computer room, and game room.
Colorado Adventure Center
Visitors to Colorado Adventure Center explore much of its terrain suspended above the pine trees—specifically, hanging from eight ziplines that span almost a mile and reach heights of up to 65 feet and speeds up to 40 miles per hour. Harnessed up into a pulley system, riders glide over Clear Creek as it glimmers in the sunlight or, at nighttime, in the bright beams of their headlamps—which can also be used to spot teenage woodpeckers vandalizing trees with lovers' initials.
Clear Creek’s waters are also the setting for rafting and kayaking expeditions, during which guides lead paddlers down the rapids of the Arkansas and Colorado Rivers during outings and spring break trips. On solid ground, adventurers hit the trails of the Vail Pass and Glenwood Canyon on scenic biking trips, pedaling along paths lined with trees and rivers with options for bipeds of all skill levels. During spring months, zipliners can soar through newly blooming trees and flowers for a scenic treetop adventure.