Colorado is definitely known for its high-octane winter pursuits, but summer and fall gatherings with plenty of adrenalin junkies won’t be disappointed with options such as these.

Aerial & Zipline Adventures: Captain Zipline Aerial Adventure Park, a Euro-style aerial park, is located in a canyon near Salida with nine different courses and 120 elements. A bit farther east and recently rebuilt after major impact from a forest fire, Royal Gorge Bridge & Park near Cañon City is back with attractions like the brand new jig-back Poma Tram and Zip Rider Zipline, now North America’s highest zip line. Fortunately, America’s highest suspension bridge was not damaged. Also, Steamboat Zip Line Tours opened this summer on Rabbit Ears Pass with lines ranging from 700 to 1,200 feet in length, and the Broadmoor Soaring Adventure is launching this summer and fall with two zip-line courses featuring five lines each at Seven Falls.

Alpine Coaster & Slide: Located at the base of Peak 8 in Breckenridge, Gold Runner Alpine Coaster offers 2,500 feet of elevated alpine track. When riding Winter Park’s Alpine Slide, expect a 610-foot vertical drop on the 3,000-foot-long alpine slide, Colorado’s longest.

Hair-Raising Rides: At Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs, TERROR-Dactyl is an aerial dive ride that sits on the edge of a 200- foot cliff in Williams Canyon and launches riders at nearly 100 miles per hour. Likewise, the Giant Canyon Swing at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs is perched on a rock precipice and sends riders out a terrifying 1,300 feet above the Colorado River at nearly 50 miles per hour. On the Front Range, Elitch Gardens’ water park in Denver has added SlideZilla, a six-story water slide that involves going into a 24-foot bowl, dropping 57 feet and heading up into a fourstory-high tornado wave.

It was a treat to experience the new Meow Wolf Denver during a media preview event without all the crowds and to meet various artists and staff who made this third permanent exhibition from the U.S.-based arts and entertainment company a reality. Convergence Station opened to the public for quantum travel on Sept. 17, 2021 and held its first concert the following day.  

 

The fanfare surrounding completion of the Sheraton Denver Downtown’s $80 million, full-scale renovation may have been delayed due to COVID-19, but the VIP/media ribbon cutting and community unveiling event on Sept. 16 was done in true style. The porte-cochere and lobby were taken over for the event that featured live music, a sampling of local food and drink, and the chance to savor a cocktail in Bezel Denver, a swank new bar that hasn’t opened to the public quite yet.   

 

Recipient of the World’s Leading Luxury Train title from the 2020 World Travel Awards, Rocky Mountaineer launched its first-ever excursion in America’s Southwest on Aug. 15, 2021. Rockies to the Red Rocks is a two-day route that winds alongside rivers and through canyons and mountains between the vibrant city of Denver, Colorado and the red rock formations of Moab, Utah.