This story originally aired on CBS4’s Colorado Getaways in September 2007.
DURANGO, Colo. (CBS4) – Hidden in Colorado’s high country is place where people can take to the sky, soaring along ziplines strung through trees at the Tall Timber Resort.
Even getting to the resort is an adventure; it’s accessible only by helicopter or the Durango & Silverton Railroad.Greeting the arrivals are the Sky Rangers, who get visitors hooked into a harness and onto the platforms nestled high in a rare old growth stand of Ponderosa pine trees.
The adventurers get instructions and then it’s time to go soaring through the trees.
“It’s a high adrenaline, high adventure-type activity,” said Daniel Richardson, the general manager of Soaring Tree Top Adventures. “You’re really just flying through the trees.”
Adventurers can spend several hours soaring through the air at more than 100 feet above ground.
That soaring takes you not only through pine and aspen groves but over the Animas River. In fact, the trail of ziplines will take you across the Animas River eight times.
And soaring is an adventure almost anyone can enjoy.
“I have multiple sclerosis so my legs are very, very weak,” said Janice Reynolds, a tourist from Texas. “It’s great when you are on the thing because you don’t need your legs. Soaring is easier than walking.”
“These people are awesome. They gave me the best trip of my life.”