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  • What is Soaring?®

    Soaring Tree Top Adventures is a full day family friendly zip line tour.  A ‘zip line’ is the generic term for what Soaring Canopy Tours is all about. Compared to other zip line canopy tour adventure courses, Soaring is the largest, longest and safest zip line course in the world. The zip lines in our Durango zip line course are constructed of stainless steel helicopter-grade cable. Comparatively, other ziplines use “bright” steel, which is coarse and noisy (where the “zip line” noise comes from) and can get rust flakes in your eyes. Our stainless ziplines will never rust, and the higher quality, smooth wrap cable spans allow guests to enjoy this eco-adventure while taking in the beautiful and pristine surroundings during our family friendly activity.

     

     

  • When does Soaring® operate?

    Soaring Canopy Tours is open 7 days a week from May 16-October 17, 2015 and reservations can be made NOW.

  • Do I need to make a reservation?

    Yes. Please call Soaring at 970-769-2357 or you can book online under our “Reservations” tab.

    Yes. Please call Soaring® at 970-769-2357 or you can book online under our “Reservations” tab.

  • How long does it take?

    Our Colorado zip line adventure takes about 5 1/2 hours to complete the course, with a water/snack stop, bathroom break, and time to enjoy a four-course gourmet lunch in the trees.

    It takes about 5 1/2 hours to complete the course, with a water/snack stop, bathroom break, and time to enjoy a four-course gourmet lunch in the trees.It takes about 5 1/2 hours to complete the course, with a water/snack stop, bathroom break, and time to enjoy a four-course gourmet lunch in the trees.It takes about 5 1/2 hours to complete the course, with a water/snack stop, bathroom break, and time to enjoy a four-course gourmet lunch in the trees.It takes about 5 1/2 hours to complete the course, with a water/snack stop, bathroom break, and time to enjoy a four-course gourmet lunch in the trees.It takes about 5 1/2 hours to complete the course, with a water/snack stop, bathroom break, and time to enjoy a four-course gourmet lunch in the trees.It takes about 5 1/2 hours to complete the course, with a water/snack stop, bathroom break, and time to enjoy a four-course gourmet lunch in the trees.

  • What does it cost?

    The cost for your full day Colorado zip line adventure is $499/per person, which includes your round-trip, First Class train transportation in Soaring’s private luxury train cars, 5.5 hours of ziplining across our 27 zip line spans, a four-course gourmet lunch served in the trees, your Sky Ranger guides, a complete eco-tour with our Eco Rangers while out ziplining and all of the equipment required to participate in in our family friendly zipline adventure . Please note there are no extra fees, taxes, tips or additional costs.

    The cost for your day of adventure is $459/per person, which includes your round-trip, First Class train transportation in Soaring’s new private luxury cars, a full day of Soaring, a four-course epicurean lunch served in the trees, your Sky Ranger guides, a complete eco-tour with our Eco Rangers while out ziplining and all of the equipment required to participate in Soaring. Please note there are no extra fees, taxes, tips or additional costs.The cost for your day of adventure is $459/per person, which includes your round-trip, First Class train transportation in Soaring’s new private luxury cars, a full day of Soaring, a four-course epicurean lunch served in the trees, your Sky Ranger guides, a complete eco-tour with our Eco Rangers while out ziplining and all of the equipment required to participate in Soaring. Please note there are no extra fees, taxes, tips or additional costs.The cost for your day of adventure is $459/pp, which includes your round-trip, First Class train transportation in Soaring’s® new private luxury cars, a full day of Soaring®, a four-course epicurean lunch served in the trees, your Sky Ranger guides, a complete eco-tour with our Eco Rangers while out Soaring®, and all of the equipment required to participate in Soaring®. Please note there are no extra fees, taxes, tips or additional costs.

  • Do I need to tip the staff?

    We have a STRICT no tipping policy.

    We have a STRICT no tipping policy.

  • How many spans are there?

    Unlike most zipline courses that consist of 5 or 6 spans, there are 27 spans and 34 platforms that make up the course at Soaring Tree Top Adventures. There are also several unique elements to get into and out of the trees to enhance your day.

    Unlike most zipline courses that consist of 5 or 6 spans, there are 27 spans (3 new ones added in 2011) and 34 platforms that make up the course at Soaring® Tree Top Adventures. There are also several unique elements to get into and out of the trees to enhance your day.

  • How long are the zipline spans?

    Our Durango zip line spans range in length from 56 to an exhilarating 1,400 feet, making us the largest zip line course in the US!

    The spans range in length from 50 to an exhilarating 1,400 feet!soaring_jh8b8564web

  • We’re up there a while…won’t we get hungry?

    Soaring Tree Top Adventures provides each guest with a four-course gourmet lunch about half-way through the day. Menu selections are chosen by each guest upon arrival, and lunch is served on a beautiful zipline platform along the Animas River. Vegetarian items, gluten free items and children’s menu options are available, and our Soaring chefs can accommodate most allergy and dietary concerns.  We strive to be the best zip line adventure in every aspect possible!

    Soaring® Tree Top Adventures provides each guest with a four-course gourmet lunch about half-way through the day. Menu selections are chosen by each guest upon arrival, and lunch is served on a beautiful Soaring® platform along the Animas River. Vegetarian items and children’s menu options are available, and our Soaring® chefs can accommodate most allergy and dietary concerns.

  • Are there bathrooms?

    Yes. Though we are in a remote Colorado zip line setting, there are bathroom facilities available throughout the day.

    Yes. Though we are in a remote setting, there are bathroom facilities available throughout the day.

  • What if it rains?

    Soaring runs rain or shine, so please come prepared with a hooded rain jacket or any other gear you’ll need to be comfortable outside in the elements. Remember, we are in the mountains and Soaring’s temperatures run 5-10 degrees cooler than downtown Durango!

    Soaring runs rain or shine, so please come prepared with a hooded rain jacket or any other gear you’ll need to be comfortable outside in the elements. Remember, we are in the mountains and Soaring’s® temperatures run 5-10 degrees cooler than downtown Durango!

  • Do I do this myself? How do I land at the next platform?

    Soaring is fully staffed with expert and friendly “Sky Rangers” – your zipline guides in the trees. A Sky Ranger will do all the work involved in sending and receiving you from each platform.

    Soaring is fully staffed with expert and friendly “Sky Rangers”- your guides in the trees. A Sky Ranger will do all the work involved in sending and receiving you from each platform.

  • What kind of training does your Sky Ranger staff have?

    Soaring Tree Top Adventures takes its staff training very seriously. Each Sky Ranger is First Aid/CPR trained, and many Sky Rangers are Wilderness First Responder certified. Beyond that, each Sky Ranger is trained in Soaring’s zip line safety protocols on how to effectively and safely guide our zipline guests of all ages and levels of physical ability in the trees.

    Soaring® Tree Top Adventures takes its staff training very seriously. Each Sky Ranger is First Responder trained, and Sky Rangers participate in a 40-hour Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification. Beyond that, each Sky Ranger is trained in Soaring’s® treetop protocols on how to effectively and safely guide guests of all ages and levels of physical ability in the trees.TallTimber-(11)

  • Do I need to wear gloves? How do I slow down?

    Soaring Tree Top Adventures holds a patent to a unique formula that allows our zip line guests to leave one tree and arrive to the next without having to slow down manually. With this patented formula, guests arrive at a comfortable pace to the next tree to step right up onto the platform. A Sky Ranger is there to greet you at the incoming platform to handle all of your gear and get you ready for your next zipline span.

    Soaring® Tree Top Adventures holds a patent to a unique formula that allows guests to leave one tree and arrive to the next without having to slow down manually. With this patented formula, guests arrive at a comfortable pace to the next tree to step right up onto the platform. A Sky Ranger is there to greet you at the incoming platform to handle all of your gear and get you ready for your next Soaring® span.

  • How safe is Soaring?®

    Our first priority is always guest safety. Soaring has built backups into every aspect of its zipline course, and every detail has been planned out to ensure your day is completely safe and worry free. Cables and connectors have been through rigorous engineering stress tests, and only top-of-the-line Petzl climbing equipment is used. The zip line course and equipment is thoroughly inspected daily. Guests are attached to the zipline cables and/or a safety cable the entire time they are in the trees and do not get unattached from these lines until they return to the ground.

    Soaring® Canopy Tours’ first priority is to guest safety. Soaring has built redundancies into every aspect of its zipline course, and every detail has been planned out to ensure that your day is completely safe and worry free. Cables and connectors have been through rigorous engineering stress tests, and only top-of-the-line Petzl climbing equipment is used. The course and equipment is thoroughly inspected on a regular basis. Guests are attached to the Soaring® cables and/or a safety cable or line the entire time they are in the trees and do not get unattached from these lines until they return to the ground.

  • Does any of this equipment hurt the trees?

    Soaring Tree Top Adventures holds another patent in that the entire zip line course is built without any hooks, bolts, screws, or anything else penetrating the trees. There is nothing that even penetrates the bark of our Old Growth Ponderosa pines. It is a unique patent that allows the zipline platforms to be suspended in the trees without any harm to the trees at all. Sap flow and growth will never be impeded by Soaring’s system. According to well-known Arborist David Temple, upon inspection of the Soaring zip line course and of our patented system in the trees, he said about the trees: “these old girls won’t even know you’re here.”

    Soaring® Tree Top Adventures holds another patent in that the entire course is built without any hooks, bolts, screws, or anything else penetrating the trees. There is nothing that even penetrates the bark of these old growth Ponderosa pines. It is a unique patent that allows the platforms to be suspended in the trees without any harm to the trees at all. Sap flow and growth will never be impeded by Soaring’s system. According to well-known Arborist David Temple, upon inspection of the Soaring® course and of our system in the trees, he states: “these old girls won’t even know you’re here.”

  • I have friends who will be travelling to Silverton and are not ziplining at Soaring. How do we make our train tickets? Can we sit together?

    Easy! Call us, and we’ll make your Soaring reservations and your First Class train car reservations in Soaring’s luxury train cars for you and your friends going to Silverton.  You can also book both of these options online under our Reservations tab.

  • I’m unable to zip line, but I’d like to go with my family to Soaring®. Can I do that?

    Yes. Even if you can’t zip line, you may come up as a “Day Guest” – you’ll be with your family on the train and while they get in their harnesses and go through our Soaring Learning Center. You may watch and take pictures of them ziplining through the first several spans of the course, which parallels on an even footpath, before the group heads into deeper woods. You’ll join your family for a four-course gourmet lunch on an elevated platform, and then you can follow along the river section in the afternoon enjoying the experience and taking pictures as they zip line back and forth across the river. The price for a Day Guest is $199, which includes access to the property, your train transportation and lunch.

  • Colorado has a new policy on marijuana. How does that impact Soaring?

    While legislative changes have occurred regarding marijuana at the state level, Soaring follows the Federal standpoint of it being illegal on property – for staff as well as for guests.  Staff are randomly drug screened.  Safety at our Durango zip line is paramount and we continue to enforce strict guidelines to keep everyone safe.  Alcohol and drug use of any sort is not permitted prior to or during Soaring.  Anyone suspected of being under the influence will not be permitted in the trees.  All smoking, including vapor cigarette devices and any other smoking paraphernalia is prohibited on the course and at Soaring.

    • Physical Ability

    • Who can participate in Soaring® Tree Top Adventures?

      Our family friendly zip line adventure can be enjoyed by guests of all ages.  Ages 4-94 have participated in our zip line canopy tour.

    • Is there a weight limit?

      Yes. The recommended minimum weight for ziplining is 50 pounds, and the maximum weight is 265 pounds.  If anyone in your party is above or below the recommended weight, please give us a call to discuss!

    • How much do we have to know about ziplining or rock climbing?

      No experience necessary! If you are able to walk, climb stairs, and do some uphill hiking in a forest, you are able to go ziplining with us.  Our Sky Rangers, or zip line guides, will handle all of your equipment, so you will be able to enjoy the best zip line in the US and be completely safe while having fun.

    • I have trouble bending my knees and get tired on a flight of stairs. Can I still go?

      Ziplining requires that guests have the ability to climb stairs and hike up and downhill climbs on forest paths. You must be able to bend your knees and “sit” in the harness as you zip line from tree to tree.

    • Is Soaring® wheelchair accessible?

      No. The zipline course and location are in an outdoor, wilderness environment.

    • Can I participate if I’m pregnant?

      No. Soaring will not assume the liability for an expecting mother.  However, she may come up to Soaring as a Day Guest, or non ziplining guest, to accompany her family members who may be ziplining with us.

    • Can I smoke at Soaring®?

      Due to our location and due to the severe fire hazards in the area, smoking is strictly prohibited at Soaring as well as on the D&SNG train.  Also, all smoking devices, such as vapor cigarettes and any other smoking paraphernalia is not permitted.

    • What about other health concerns?

      Please let us know if you have any health concerns that you think Soaring should know about.

      • Train Questions

      • Is it true that Soaring® is only accessible by train?

        Yes. Our Colorado zip line is very remotely located on private land surrounded by the San Juan National Forest, which is why we have such a beautiful, pristine Old Growth forest. And, by taking the train to Soaring, you get two of the best things to do in Durango, all in one day!

      • Where are you located?

        Our Colorado zip line is located 32 miles north of downtown Durango, and six miles north by rail from the village of Rockwood, about half way between Durango & Silverton on the train.

      • I really can’t drive there?

        Really! The closest you can park to our remote Durango zip line is in the village of Rockwood, which is 26 miles north of downtown Durango. From Rockwood you will need to take the train to get to our zipline adventure.

      • Can I take the train from Durango or Rockwood?

        Yes, can take the train from either Durango or Rockwood to our remote zipline location. Those staying in downtown Durango should take the train from the station in Durango, where those staying north of town may prefer the Rockwood station. Also, if you prefer a shorter train ride (40 minutes) with the best views of the Animas River high-line canyon, Soaring recommends Rockwood for your boarding point. Either way, you get the best of the best part of the trip: the scenic highline canyon of the Animas River, famous from many movies such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, many John Wayne movies, and most recently (2005), a quick segment in The Prestige.  No matter which boarding point you choose, you still get two of the best things to do in Durango in one day!

      • Should we make our own train reservations?

        Soaring is a full day adventure package.  Our Soaring staff will make your train reservations for you, so that it coincides with your zip line date. One-stop shopping for the best zip line in the U.S.!

      • How long is the train ride to Soaring®?

        The train ride from downtown Durango to our Durango zip line is about 2 hours, which is half-way to Silverton. If you board the train at Rockwood (recommended), your train ride is 40 minutes.

      • I have friends who will be travelling to Silverton and are not ziplining at Soaring. How do we make our train tickets? Can we sit together?

        Easy! Call us, and we’ll make your Soaring reservations and your First Class train car reservations in Soaring’s luxury train cars for you and your friends going to Silverton.  You can also book both of these options online under our Reservations tab.

      • Other questions?

        Please call Soaring Tree Top Adventures: 970-769-2357.  Soaring is rated one of the best things to do in Durango, CO and we are delighted to help answer your questions about our zip line adventure.

5-Star Soaring Experience

Longest & Safest Zip Line Course
of Its Kind.

Soar on this Colorado eco tour over the San Juan Mountains on 27 different zip lines that range from 56 to 1,400 feet in length (longest zip lines in the US). Over a mile and a half of cable on this Colorado Zip Line will carry you across the Animas River and through majestic Old Growth Ponderosa Pines and beautiful Aspen Groves.

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Durango Zip Line Reviews

What an amazing experience we had at Soaring last summer! The staff is incredible and you receive 5 Star treatment from the moment you arrive at the train in Durango!”

Shari S.  |  Westminster, Colorado