Aerial parks, also known as high ropes courses, offer people the chance to travel high above the ground on a variety of rope, wood, and cable bridges and obstacles.

Aerial parks are growing in number across the country as more people discover how rewarding these challenges are. Parks feature elements such as zip lines, rope bridges, log bridges, cargo nets, and many more elements to offer challenges. Visitors, it seems, are thrilled to utilize balance and strength while often overcoming fear.

While there are aerial parks throughout the country, the Royal Gorge Region is lucky enough to have two: Captain Zipline and The Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience.

Captain Zipline Aerial Park

Captain Zipline’s Canyon Aerial Course (CAC) complex is an amazing structure tucked into the Lost Canyon.  Surrounded by rugged and colorful limestone cliffs, the Canyon Aerial Course consists of more than 120 interconnected “challenge elements” including swinging bridges, cargo nets, balance beams, tunnels and more.   It is a high ropes challenge course on steroids with elements ranging from easy to extreme.  The 120 elements are broken into 9 course routes.  Routes consist of 8-13 elements and are graded much like ski runs.

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The Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

To get the road-trip wiggles out and to take advantage of the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience’s stunning view of the Royal Gorge Bridge and the mighty Sangre de Cristo mountains, visitors can choose from  two ropes courses, one for junior guests (up to 48” tall) and a large one for the more adventurous—a three-story course that will challenge guests to experience fun obstacles at a height of over 24 feet.

For added excitement and lasting memories, guests traversing the T-Rex Terror Ropes Course will be able to get face-to-face with both an 80-feet long Diplodocus, and the mighty roaring T-Rex, which stands more than 20-feet tall. There’s nothing else like it in the world!

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