Imagine ziplining at 95 km/hour as a nature guide tells you about the diverse ecosystem 90 meters below you.
This is part of Vail Mountain’s Epic Discovery, a plethora of activities that combine outdoor adventure with experiential learning. It’s a chance to kick up the excitement and reconnect with nature at one of Colorado’s most famous outdoor resorts.
Ziplining, summer tubing, ropes courses, rock climbing and an alpine coaster – the Ultimate Adventure Pass is an all-day access ticket to all of these awesome activities.
Start with a ride on the Forest Flyer, a single- or double-rider, driver-controlled Alpine coaster zipping down a 1,000-meter descent. Once you try it, you’ll see why it’s a visitor favorite. Continue the high-speed action with Eagle’s Nest Tubing, an inner tube ride down a 167-meter hill. Hold on tight for a downhill flight on the Golden Eagle Zipline.
Challenge your sense of equilibrium on the ropes, logs, bridges and jumps at the Gore Range Adventure Course. The Mountain Goat Climbing Tower offers 18 routes of vertical climbing experience for all age and skill levels. Don’t miss the bungee trampoline, which never fails to make even grown adults crack a smile.
The smaller children in your group won’t be left out, either. There are “mini-me” versions of the summer tubing hill, zipline and ropes adventure course.
For those who want even more – and have no fear of heights – the Game Creek Zipline Tour is more than three kilometers of ziplines and multiple aerial bridges over the spectacular mountain scenery. Your guide will teach you about the mountain environment along the way. Bonus: The Ultimate Adventure Pass is included with your ticket.
Soar via zipline over the Vail Mountain fall foliage on the Game Creek Aerial Adventure.
Learn Through Play
Take the kids (and adults) on a trail walk to look for Story Stakes – educational displays with fascinating facts on the surrounding flora and fauna. Look for the interactive Animal Abilities placards, which challenge kids to leap like a mountain lion or dig like a marmot. As you take in the scenery, use the Mountain View Finders to identify the names of all those peaks in the distance. Who can help but love learning when it’s this much fun?
Finish your trek at the Vail Nature Discovery Center. With wildlife exhibits, guided nature hikes and wildlife presentations, the Nature Center enhances your visit to Vail with an appreciation for the natural diversity of this special landscape.
Test your balance against a bighorn sheep’s with the interactive Animal Abilities placards on Vail Mountain.