APA Getaway Report, Soaring Colorado
By Brad Lawrence (Arizona) and Perry Null (New Mexico)
I was a little apprehensive about flying out to Durango and taking the train up to the zip lining facility, Soaring Colorado, for the first time. I guess I should have realized that I wasn’t the first person ever to do this. The entire procedure was very well polished by the accommodating organizations.
Upon arrival to the Durango airport, the rental car was waiting on the ramp with friendly faces to help unload the plane and get us off to our Durango hotel on Main Street. This weekend was buzzing with bicyclists from around the area to ride the “Iron Horse” course north from Durango to Silverton, named after the train and its route. The weatherman was on alert because it was simply rocky mountain beautiful!
After finishing Friday with a pleasant dinner at the Eolus Restaurant downtown, we arose on Saturday morning and made our way to the Rockwood train station to board the “Zip Liners” special car on the Durango to Silverton train.
We were so amazed with our experience overall on this weekend because there were so many aspects of the trip that added to it. Everything from being in this beautiful aspen & ponderosa pine forest, enveloped with steep rocky cliffs and white mountain tops, to the zip lining experience itself, which was pretty awesome, but the environment brought a whole new dimension. Soaring Colorado has been providing zip lining for several years and has the entire operation down to a science. Zipping from tree to tree over the river and through the woods, they have thought of everything to make your day a lot of fun and extremely safe. No worries. They start out the day by outfitting everyone with harnesses, adjusting them to fit snug but comfortable at the same time. All of their equipment is state of the art. The group's interaction accounted for a lot of the entertainment throughout the day.
Everyone encouraging the zipliner to do well and promoted their acrobatics.
Not far into the day we discovered the staff calling everyone by their first name. I asked if my name tag was on my back or something, but, no. It became very personable and fun throughout the day as we ziplined across all 27 lines. After the short “beginner” lines which gave everyone their air legs, the lines kept getting longer and longer.
In the second half of the day, most of the lines crossed the Animas River which added to the thrill of the ride. Coming within 5-10 feet of the river enabled us to hear the roar of the rapidly running Animas River. They even have an on site food preparation facility that is all encompassing, including baking the sandwich bread. From the beautiful scenery, to the food, the equipment, and the very friendly personnel, Soaring has done a great job!