Durango Zip line in Colorado

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Responsible tourism: Durango Zip line in Colorado

Environment

Soaring is committed to providing guests an extraordinary day of wilderness adventure with minimal ecological impact. You arrive at our remote mountain property on first class public transportation aboard Soaring’s custom luxury railroad cars. As you zip line through rich, Old Growth Ponderosa pine forest, you can examine our patented tree-hugging suspension system that holds 36 platforms high in the canopy. The system is designed without a single hook, bolt or screw ever penetrating the trees, thus preserving our Old Growth forest for centuries to come. Ecology specialists accompany you throughout the day to offer insights about the dynamic ecosystem preserved in our isolated canyon. Your four course lunch is served on a suspended platform overlooking the Animas River and is presented on real plates and flatware to reduce waste. Soaring also provides souvenir water bottles for each guest to avoid disposable cups and plastic waste.

All water on the property comes from a mountain spring high in the cliffs, and all electricity is generated 2 miles down the river by the oldest continually operating hydroelectric facility in the country. As a remote, self-sustaining property, we collaborate with arborists and forestry specialists to continually reduce our ecological footprint and actively support the health of our rare Old Growth forest. Our zip line guests enjoy the rare opportunity to explore the Old West in its pristine form and see the iconic Ponderosa Pines of the Wild West in their untouched habitat. You will enjoy an unforgettable day of Soaring in the treetops with absolute certainty that your vacation is gentle to the earth!

Community

We have a long history within the local area and have great links with others living and working here. Tourism of course benefits the local people here with accommodations and outdoor activity providers sustaining a living through people choosing Colorado for their vacation. And once you arrive it's not hard to see why people come here! The people are very welcoming and helpful, and the scenery is truly incredible. If you're planning and visit and want to know nearby places to stay nearby or other things to do during your trip, we can help.

We provide valuable employment to local people, particularly in the busy summer season where we need all hands on deck and have opportunities for sky rangers, eco rangers, office and kitchen assistants and utility staff. All of our staff are trained up extensively not only to provide our guests with the best possible experience with us, but to help them develop and learn more about something which they are passionate about.

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