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.