Adventures by Air: The Sky is the Limit in Colorado
DENVER (June 18, 2012) – For unmatched views of Colorado, visitors can take to the sky and head straight to cloud nine. From scenic hot air balloon rides and paragliding to exhilarating skycoasters and bungee jumping, Colorado boasts an array of high-altitude activities for every thrill level. Below is a sampling of the many ways visitors can take in sweeping views of the state from above. For more information, visit www.COLORADO.com.
Scenic Air Tours:
- Life Cycle Balloon Adventures in Boulder features stunning panoramic views of the Flatirons that the whole family can enjoy. The summer special is designed for special occasions, offering $50 off the regular price per person for champagne hot air balloon flights.
- With Rocky Mountain Airsports in Colorado Springs, “pilots” can fly a Pitts BiPlane while doing unlimited aerobatics with an aerobatic instructor. An on-board video system captures every exhilarating moment of the flight.
- Aspen Paragliding offers the simplest and purest form of aviation using a non-powered inflated wing to launch from hillsides and mountain slopes with breathtaking views of the Roaring Fork Valley.
- Colorado Balloon Rides in the South Park Valley is located in the center of the state and showcases breathtaking panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 9,000 feet.
- Colorado Vertical Helicopter Tours invites guests to feel the freedom and excitement of a helicopter ride. From a night flight of Garden of the Gods to a scenic sunrise tour of Pikes Peak, passengers are in for unrivaled views.
Sky High Thrills:
- Colorado’s newest zip line at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash offers a zippy way to see the ranch with five zip lines winding guests through treetops and over meadows at 40mph. If the speed doesn’t take their breath away, the view will.
- Glider Rides in Durango has been treating passengers to the thrill of silent flight since 1976. Sailplanes are towed aloft to an altitude of up to 3,500 feet and then released, offering extraordinary views of the San Juan Mountains and Animas River up to 100 miles in any direction.
- SkyVenture Colorado in Lone Tree, just outside of Denver, offers indoor skydiving through a vertical tunnel. This exhilarating experience combines precise air flow control with certified instructors.
- The Royal Rush Skycoaster at the Royal Gorge Bridge is one of only 87 in the world and offers one of the biggest adrenaline rushes in the state, sweeping passengers on a 50mph free-fall tower to momentarily hang 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River.
- The Mile Hi Skydiving Center is Colorado's largest skydiving facility with more than 35,000 jumps made annually and the only full-time skydiving operation in the Denver-Boulder area. Thrill-seekers are sure to enjoy panoramic views from their freefall starting at 17,500 feet.
- Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers multiple ways to explore Colorado by sky. Park visitors can take a ride on the Giant Canyon Swing that launches riders out over Glenwood Canyon, 1,300 feet above the Colorado River, or take a leap of faith on the state’s only bungee jump perched on the side of Iron Mountain at an elevation of 7,100 feet. The park is also set to debut the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster this summer as the highest full-size coaster in the country, standing at an elevation of 7,160 feet.
Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and 26 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state's breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 12 national parks and monuments, and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet. For more information or a copy of the 2012 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit www.COLORADO.com or call 1-800-COLORADO. Media are invited to visit the Colorado Media Room at www.COLORADO.com/media-room. Follow Colorado on Twitter at www.twitter.com/colorado or Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitcolorado.
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