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The owners of Soaring® Tree Top Adventures have a long history with the local area. Denny Beggrow bought the 180 acres of land that is home to Soaring and Tall Timber Resort in 1969 – when he was just 19 years old. He set out to build a 5-star remote getaway resort. In 1972, Tall Timber Resort opened for its first guests. Tall Timber Resort, only accessible by train or helicopter, was a 5-star resort for over 40 years. The resort only had 10 rooms with a full capacity of 30 guests, with a staff to guest ratio of 2-1, with focus of anticipating and exceeding its guests’ needs. The guest experience and level of service was always paramount to Tall Timber.
Prior to Tall Timber, the Ah! Wilderness dude ranch was the place to be in the canyon. This 80-acre parcel and guest haven was owned by Judy Beggrow’s parents, and it was where Judy and her siblings grew up. Judy recalls racing the train bareback on her horse as a child, waving to the guests as the train came through the property. Denny’s family vacationed at Ah! Wilderness several times, where he met Judy and learned about the 180-acre flat of land for sale, one mile north of the ranch.
Judy’s grandparents held other land north of the resort, and her grandparents owned a mining claim up by Little Emerald Lake, which is still in the family today.
Growing up in the family business, Denny & Judy’s son, Johnroy took his place in the Resort business officially after graduating from college. While he and his father contemplated new and exciting ideas to continue to draw the generations of guests to Tall Timber, they brainstormed the idea of a zip line adventure. As a child, Johnroy had built a zip line between two tree houses on property and the concept was always one he aimed to expand. After checking with lawyers, the Beggrows learned that no zip line course existed in the United States, so they set out to set the standard and build the first zip line course in the U.S. In 2004, the Soaring Tree Top Adventures course opened for Tall Timber guests. Johnroy appeared on the front page of the Denver Post ziplining upside-down in July 2004, heralding the first zip line adventure in the United States.
Johnroy met Dionne Beggrow, his wife, that same year. Dionne was working as an Assistant Director in Hospitality and Events at Walt Disney World in Orlando. They have a daughter, Keira, who is the new generation growing up in the family business in the beautiful Animas River canyon.
This unforgettable experience begins long before you arrive at Soaring. Your Durango zip line tour starts with a first class train ride (Durango & Silverton train) through breathtaking mountain scenery to our remote Alpine location,More Info...