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Open Air Adventure Park

A new business recently opened in Estes Park, CO that offers a new way to have a blast, and perhaps learn a thing or two about yourself in the process.  The Open Air Adventure Park is family owned and operated outdoor aerial park. 

There are 32 exciting and challenging elements to the course, and you can choose whether you want to do the lower course at 10 feet above ground, or the high course at 21 feet above ground.  These aerial adventure parks are popular in Europe, and Estes Park is excited to welcome Open Air Adventure Park to all our visitors!

One thing we got excited about when we spoke with co-owner, Tim Kreutzer, is that this activity is for almost anyone! Tim says, "We've seen anyone from a young seven year old having a blast, to their grandparents getting up on it and having an equally fun time."  Unlike some other ropes or challenge courses where team building is the focus, this activity really caters to the individual.  Tim explains, "The great thing about it is you can pick how hard of a challenge you want to do, which really allows people to get up there who maybe normally wouldn't ge up on something like this."

The course takes about 90 minutes, and there is plenty of support and guidance from the staff.  It's not meant to be a scary thing, it's a fun way to try something new.  You can push yourself, or take it easy.  Either way, it's sure to make your day.  Tim says "Instead of going on a thrill ride, you feel like you've accomplished something and there's a bigger level of personal satisfaction. I love that aspect and it's one of the reasons I got into it! We want people to come, have a good time, and leave with a sense of accomplisment and a smile on their face."

Why not take Dad up to Estes Park to try it for Father's Day? They are offering a special promotion of $10 off Dad's admission, or going free if they bring three or more family members. The special also comes with a free beer from Estes Park Brewery with your receipt. 

For more hours and additional info, check out their website here

Scenic Bus Tours in Rocky Mountain National Park

Moose in Kawuneeche Valley RMNP

Summer Bus Tours in Rocky let everyone in your group experience the scenic vistas of Rocky Mountain National Park from the comfort of a 14 passenger mini-bus or a 12 passenger van.  The Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Institute has created three educational adventures by bus to the most popular areas of the Park that are a great alternative to driving yourself. 

 

  1.  Journey to the Top takes you up Trail Ridge Road to over 12,000 feet elevation & the Alpine Visitor Center.  Don’t miss getting out and taking a close look at the tiny tundra wildflowers and amazing ecosystem that survives the harsh winters of the Continental Divide – but bring a jacket as it can be considerably colder up high than in the summer valleys below.   Lots of stops for views, but walking at altitude isn’t required.  Every Wednesday & Thursday from 9a – 3:30p.  Lunch included.  Leaves from the Fall River Visitor Center.
  2.   Grand Lake Safari runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays through August 26 and takes you across the Continental Divide to the west side of the Park and historic Grand Lake.   This all day tour (8a – 5p) leaves from the Fall River Visitor Center and includes lunch.  It includes all the stops on the Journey to the Top plus the Kawuneeche Valley.
  3.  Each Friday from 8am – noon through September 5, 2014 the Rocky Mountain Conservancy – Field Institute (formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Nature Association) will offer an Escape to Bear Lake tour which will start at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and drive the length of Bear Lake Road discussing park history, geology, wildflowers & wildlife, and more.  Participants can walk or stroll around Bear Lake and Sprague Lake with their guide (mostly even, paved terrain)  to learn more about the subalpine ecosystem, and practice their nature photography.

Bear Lake is one of the most popular, accessible, and beautiful destinations within Rocky Mountain National Park, and you don’t want to miss it.  Entrance into the Park is included in the fee for this tour, which is new this year.

Call 970-586-3262 to sign up for any of these tours!