Zip Through the Autumn Colors in Vail, CO
Locals and guests alike are always looking for a unique experience in the Vail Valley before Opening Day at Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Mountain, your experience at Zip Adventures will deliver! Before the snow flies in the Vail Valley, one activity everyone should put on their schedule is flying over the Alkali Creek Canyon in Wolcott, CO with Zip Adventures Vail, CO.
Before your high flying experience, take a scenic drive to admire the leaves changing in the Rocky Mountains. Top off your scenic drive by ending at Zip Adventures for the thrill of a life time. Drive east over Vail Pass on I-70 to Silverthorne, take Colorado Highway 9 North where you’ll pass Green Mountain Reservoir before you reach the town of Kremmling. I would suggest bringing snacks and drinks for this trip to enjoy along the way. From Kremmling, take Highway 40 North to Wolford Mountain Reservoir. Either of these reservoirs are a scenic location to have your picnic or snacks while taking in the fall colors. You’ll then take Highway 134 West towards Steamboat and then the final leg which will get you to Zip Adventures is Highway 131 South. By now you will be ready to stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh Colorado autumn air while Zipping over the Alkali Creek Canyon.
A second drive for fall foliage is over Independence Pass. This drive will take you through the Vail Valley’s historic town of Minturn. As you head south out of Minturn and up Highway 24, the aspen leaves are in full force. Keep an eye open for Gilman, the abandoned mining town built on the side of the mountain. Stay on Highway 24 through Leadville, if you need a bite to eat and stretch our legs, take a walk around historic downtown Leadville. As you head out of Leadville, keep an eye open for Highway 82 and Twin Lakes. Highway 82 is what takes you over Independence Pass. Twin Lakes is your last opportunity to stop in a town before gaining elevation on your climb up Independence Pass.
Twin Lakes is a beautiful little mountain town not to be missed. As you descend from the summit of the pass, stay on 82 through Aspen to Glenwood Springs where you’ll meet up with I-70 East. Time for a bite? Don’t miss Vicco’s Charcoal Burger, you will need to head west on I-70 for this drive-in burger joint which has been in Glenwood Springs over 60 years. The drive east on I-70 and north on Colorado 131 is about 45 minutes to Zip Adventures from Glenwood. You will again be ready to stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh Colorado autumn air at Zip Adventures.
Zip Adventures and their knowledgeable guides are prepared to host your group of all ages. My palms were sweaty and heart was racing, but these adrenaline junkie guides get you psyched up for the ride of your life! There are six courses, just like ski runs, the first two courses are “green runs” or beginner courses, with the first course cleverly named “The Bunny Hill”. As you progress through the courses, take more risks and feel like an acrobat while zipping backwards or upside down. How many people can say they sped over a Colorado canyon taking in the view upside down?
Reservations are a snap! Pre-book your party online, load the family, friends and house guests in the car and take in the fall colors on the scenic drive west. Take I-70 from Vail, Avon, Beaver Creek, and Edwards to the Wolcott exit and head north on Colorado Highway 131 to 4 Eagle Ranch to check-in for your high speed flying extravaganza.
The Zip Adventure season is open through November 30th for 2015. Get out there and Zip while the leaves are changing or start a new tradition with your family, book your Vail Thanksgiving weekend Zip Tour with all of your out of town guests. Can you imagine the stories around the Thanksgiving table after a day at Zip Adventures Vail, CO?