Aerial Course Tour FAQs

Thank you for your interest in Captain Zipline's Canyon Aerial Course Tours, Central Colorado's exciting, new outdoors adventure!

We know you have lots of questions, so let's get started...

 

What is an Aerial Course?

An Aerial Course is sort of a Jungle Gym, only ours sits in the bottom of the Lost Canyon and is constructed on a network of 60-foot telephone poles. Wooden platforms are attached to the poles, and these platforms are connected to each other by an "element" or "challenge," to use industry lingo. The elements are just about any configuration you can imagine and include bridges, swings, cables, ropes, nets...even a flying snowboard. Groups of bridges are linked together to form separate courses; courses are labeled as Yellow, Green, Blue, or Black, according to difficulty level and similar to what is done with ski slopes. Guests can literally play in the canyon and can swing, slide, crawl, jump, and balance on the course elements. Check out our Canyon Aerial Course Tour Overview page for more information.

Unlike an organized group tour, such as a Zipline Tour, Guests can proceed at their own pace as they go from challenge to challenge. A state-of-the-art "Smart Belay" system allows the Guest to remain constantly attached to the safety cable at all times and is designed to prevent accidental unclipping. Safety is always first...the fun and excitement follow naturally.

How do the tours work?

During our busy season, it is best to reserve your trip online to make sure you will be able to participate, er, play! Otherwise, call us at (719) 207-4947 to reserve since we do have a minimum trip requirement and this can more easily be managed by personal contact than cyberspace. We will make every effort to accommodate our Guests, including those who decide to just drop by. Once you are scheduled for a trip, you will need to arrive at our Meeting Site about 30 minutes prior to tour departure. 

We meet at our Visitor's Center just east of Salida, Colorado: 1500 County Road 45, Salida, CO 81201. Although the address is Salida, some refer to this area as "WELLSVILLE." You will be turning off Highway 50 and onto a dirt road--County Road 7--at the small road sign that says "WELLSVILLE." Drive over the bridge and for .91 miles where you turn slightly Right, onto County Road 45. (If coming from the east, such as the Canon City or Colorado Springs areas, do NOT turn onto CR 45 at Howard...it dead ends at the river! You must go to WELLSVILLE, turn onto CR 7 and then onto CR 45.) Our Visitor's Center is .66 miles down the road and is on your Right. 

Do I need reservations?

Reservations are always recommended, especially for groups of 6 or more. We will always try to accommodate Walk-ins. Guests under 18 years of age must have a Release Form signed by a Parent or Legal Guardian, which is more easily managed with advanced reservations.

How do I make reservations?

Book online or call us at (719) 207-4947. Go to our homepage and click on the "Book Now" link in the right upper corner to book your trip. Summers are quite busy, so online reservations are preferred, but Walk-ins are accepted. Don't miss this adventure! After September 1, trips will be scaled down to fit the demand with only a select few available to book online.

What are the hours of operation?

Daily from 9AM to 6:30PM during the summer (last Aerial Course tour at 4PM.), other hours for groups by reservation only. Walk-ins are welcome. Be sure to come by 4PM if you want to get a full 2 hours of Park time.

What does it cost?

$69 per person. The cost for groups of 10 or more is $59 per person ($10 off but you must pay total amount with ONE CREDIT CARD). For groups of 20 or more persons who pay with ONE CREDIT CARD for the group, the discount is $20 per person (each person pays $49...but all charges must be on one card). These discounts are AUTOMATIC when done online through our reservation system as long as you meet these stated criteria. We have even-more-special rates for Birthday Parties of 10+.

What are the requirements to participate?

Most people that lead an active lifestyle and are in good health should not have any difficulty in completing many of the courses. You are able to proceed at a pace that is comfortable to you. You are also welcome to stop and sit on the benches in the Aerial Course and take a break. Please review the Trip Preparation page for more details. Age requirements for the various courses and Adult Accompaniment versus Adult Supervision rules are as follows:

Courses and Age, Supervision Requirements are as follows:

Age Yellow Green Blue Black Double Black
8-9 Supervised With Adult NO NO NO
10-11 Supervised Supervised With Adult NO NO
12-13 Supervised Supervised Supervised With Adult NO
14-15 Solo Solo Solo Solo NO
16+ Solo Solo Solo Solo Solo

 

Supervised = Adult 18+ y.o. guiding children from Park ground/ belly of canyon
With Adult = Adult 18+ y.o. must accompany child/children on Aerial Course at ratio of 1 Adult: 2 Children maximum

What are the restrictions?

Minimum age is 8 years, minimum weight is 70 lbs., maximum weight is 250 lbs. For the Aerial Course, full-body harnesses are used; these harnesses, unlike the 'gym harnesses' used on the Zipline Tour, can accommodate a wider range of body shapes. Participant must be able to reach 60 inches while standing flat-footed. Reasonable health and fitness is required. Anyone suffering from certain medical conditions which may pose a danger to themselves and possibly even to others on the tour cannot participate. These conditions include but are not limited to the following: epilepsy, seizures, serious head injury, recurrent black-outs, nervous system disease, recurrent dislocation of any limb, poorly-controlled diabetes, mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, back injury, poorly-controlled asthma, recent blood donation, autism. A medical doctor should be consulted in advance if you have questions or concerns about any of your conditions. No one should participate against medical advice. Women who are pregnant cannot participate on any of the tours. Also, the tour is not safe for mentally- or physically-handicapped individuals. You will be asked to attest to your fitness and ability to participate in our Aerial Course on a Liability Waiver that must be completed and signed prior to embarking on the Aerial Course Tour. In general, a sound body and the capacity and ability to perform specific safety tasks independently and follow commands is required. Please review the Trip Preparation page for more details. If you have any questions regarding your specific medical condition or physical limitation, please call us at (719) 207-4947.

How difficult are the different routes?

As mentioned, the tours are graded by difficulty using ski run colors. Participants are encouraged to proceed at their own pace and to take breaks as needed. Not every Participant will succeed in completing every course. The better your physical conditioning, the more courses you will be able to complete. As you progress to more difficult courses, the bridges become less stable under your feet requiring more balance, agility, strength. Just find your own comfort zone and enjoy the challenges! Should you be unable to complete a course, one of our Guides will assist you to either complete the course or strategically exit. You will always be harnessed and attached to safety systems and/or Smart Belays which do not allow accidental unclipping.

Where do I go to do the tours?

Our "Meeting Place" for all tours is our Visitor's Center just east of Salida, Colorado: 1500 County Road 45, Salida, CO 81201. Although the Visitor's Center address is Salida, some refer to this area as "WELLSVILLE." You will be turning off Highway 50 and onto a dirt road--County Road 7--at the small road sign that says "WELLSVILLE." Drive over the bridge and for .91 miles where you turn slightly Right, onto County Road 45.  Our Visitor's Center is .66 miles down the road and is on your Right.

Must I sign a Waiver to participate?

All Guests will be required to sign a Waiver upon their arrival (including Spectators). Participants under 18 years of age must have their Waiver signed by a Parent or Legal Guardian. Once reserved, we can email you a copy of our Waiver for you to complete prior to your trip, should you desire to do so.

What should I wear?

We will supply you with a harness and needed gear. You should wear clothing appropriate for outdoor activity, with nothing loose or hanging—no baggy clothing, skirts or dresses; no jewelry, especially loosely fitting jewelry. Long hair should be tied back. Closed-toe shoes are required, such as tennis shoes, hiking boots. You will not be permitted on the course with flip flops, Crocs or sandals. And, there will be no refund under these circumstances. In the name of safety, we discourage Participants from carrying a camera, other recording device, or cell phone on the courses. At the beginning of the tour there will be an opportunity to take photos; also, Spectators may take pictures from below.

What should I bring with me?

A bottle of water; sunscreen or insect repellant if needed; a ball cap with visor if desired...and a sense of adventure! Please review the Trip Preparation page for more information.

Can Spectators come?

This has been problematic in times past since Spectators, if present, oftentimes were without Guide supervision since our Staff was conducting a Zipline Tour and away from the area where Spectators would congregate. Now that we have expanded into a full-fledged Park, and have Staff present at all times during the high season, we are allowing Spectators, but mainly for the Canyon Aerial Course. There is a $15 per person Spectator Fee; Spectators must sign a Release Form and agree to stay in designated viewing areas.

Can we bring food?

Food is permitted at the Visitor's Center, but not at the Park. Food attracts rodents, these in turn attract rattlesnakes. We want to keep both of these critters away from our Guests.

What are the Park rules?

You must dress appropriately for the tour; sign our Waiver; participate in training about safety and utilization of equipment and Park structures; wear and use all provided equipment as instructed and in a safe manner; always remain attached by one of your carabiners to the life lines on and between each platform; abide by Guide/Staff instructions. You must begin participation on a Yellow route and then a Green route before progressing to other more difficult routes. And, there must never be more than one Participant on a bridge and no more than 3 Participants on a single platform.

None of the following are permitted: tobacco of any kind; alcohol; illicit drugs; chewing gum; liquids other than water; food; pets. Tour Participants may not bring/use their own equipment and may not share harnesses.

What about adverse weather conditions?

This is an adventure tour and so we go "blow or snow." We will cancel, reschedule, or postpone tours due to bad weather. We reserve the right to postpone a trip for up to one hour to wait out inclement weather and then resume the tour. We want you to have a fabulous time, but Mother Nature rules and we will not risk our Guests' safety. Note that time lost on the ground will not be counted against your 2-hour pass time. If you are not permitted to return to the course due to weather, your time may be extended, or rain checks will be issued to you to use towards a future Canyon Aerial Course tour that season.

What is the cancellation policy? How about changes in trip itinerary?

Cancellations made more than 14 days (2 weeks) before your tour incur a $20 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations made 14 days or less before your reserved tour are non-refundable. There is no refund after a Participant has entered any of the courses or features. If after the evaluation of the many factors which impact our tours we decide to allow a change in your reserved tour, there is a $10 per person Change Fee based on tour availability. When allowed, this is a one-time opportunity.

How safe are these activities?

We have safety in mind from start to finish. Our Aerial Course was: designed and built by a company of professional Swiss mountaineers, recognized internationally for their expertise in designing and building state-of-the-art aerial parks; inspected and passed by an ACCT-accredited company (ACCT, the Association of Challenge Course Technology, is the professional organization that sets installation, inspection, operational, and certification standards for the challenge course industry); and meets the specifications and abides by the regulations of the state of Colorado.

Our trained Staff will check each Participant's equipment and instruct Participants prior to their use of the Aerial Course. Because we cannot eliminate every risk, it is the Guest's responsibility to understand and follow all instruction carefully, and to listen and obey the Guides at all times. All Guests are required to follow the safety policies and procedures of Captain Zipline Adventure Park and its Guides, and all Guests will be required to sign a Waiver (Participant Assumption of Risks, Acknowledgment of Inherent Risks and Indemnity Agreement in favor of Captain Zipline Adventure Park) upon their arrival. During your tour, you will be secure and safe in your harness as long as you are Always Attached. Being attached to your lifeline is the most important requirement to remember and you are responsible to be Always Attached.

Is the Course certified, inspected?

See above. Our Adventure Park is a member of The Association for Challenge Course Technology and we undergo yearly inspections.

What training does the Staff receive?

Our Staff has been trained in checking and operating the equipment, maneuvering the obstacles within the courses, and enacting emergency and rescue procedures should there be a need. Because we work closely with ACCT, all our certified course operators are trained in accordance with ACCT standards on a yearly basis.

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