4 Vail Valley Adventures for Thrill-Seekers

By Tracey Flower | Tuesday, September 24, 2019

There are the obvious activities for adrenaline junkies in search of a thrill in the Vail Valley: skiing or snowboarding, downhill mountain biking or whitewater rafting. Thrill-seekers in search of an adventure that ups the ante, however, should check out one of these spine-tingling options.

Go ziplining with Zip Adventures

4098 Highway 131, Wolcott

If the adrenaline rush doesn’t take your breath away, the views sure will as you fly through the sky above a spectacular Rocky Mountain landscape. True adventure junkies will want to check out Zip Adventures’ newest attraction, the Canyon Plunge, which, as the name suggests, involves jumping off a cliff for a freefall into a canyon. Of course, you’re equipped with safety gear and attached to a device that keeps you from crashing into the canyon floor, but the 65-foot drop is not for the faint-hearted. 

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Go canyon swinging with Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood Springs

Ok, so canyon swinging isn’t a technical term, but it’s a pretty accurate description of what happens on Glenwood Caverns’ giant canyon swing. The swing propels riders back and forth, 1,300 feet above the floor of Glenwood Canyon. It hits speeds of 50 miles per hour. The arc of the swing takes riders near vertical at the top. Need I say more? Glenwood Caverns also has an alpine coaster and a standard roller coaster in case you want to keep the adrenaline pumping after the swing.

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Go paragliding with Vail Valley Paragliding

47 E. Beaver Creek Boulevard, Avon

If ziplining has you craving more air time, give paragliding a shot. Vail Valley Paragliding offers tandem rides with seasoned guides. After the launch, which requires a running leap off a cliff, you’ll literally soar like a bird above the Vail Valley. 

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Go ski biking with Adventure Ridge

Vail Mountain, Vail

When one thrilling activity – skiing – meets another – downhill biking – it becomes a must-do for thrill-seekers. That activity is what we call ski biking, and it’s a classic Vail Mountain adventure. This one is, naturally, only available in the winter and run by Adventure Ridge on Vail Mountain. Ski biking happens after dark, which is part of the thrill. You put on a headlamp and get a crash-course from the guides, and then you’re on your way, speeding down the mountain.

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Have fun and stay safe, thrill-seekers! We’ll see you in Vail.

Photos courtesy of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

About the Author Tracey Flower
Tracey spent more than a decade living, working and playing in the Vail Valley and now splits her time between Denver and Vail. She's big fan of hiking, running, camping and biking and loves travelling around Colorado and throughout the West, visiting places she’s never been and exploring old favorites.