27 Jul, 2014

10 Crazy Things to do in Colorado [via I’m From Denver]

Colorado is a state full of hidden surprises. Do you have enough heart to conquer this list? Proceed at your own risk!

10. Ride this alpine rollercoaster.

Ride down the mountain on 2,500 feet of coaster track on the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster at Breckenridge. Ride alone or with a friend on our 2-seater coaster cars, and control your own speed through the turns, dips and twists around and above the ski runs and through the forest. www.breckenridge.com/activities/gold-runner-alpine-coaster

9. Dive with the sharks at the Denver Aquarium.

Looking for something out of the ordinary without leaving the great state of Colorado? Have we got an adventure for you! Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with a variety of sharks, barracudas, giant sea turtles, saw fish and so much more. www.divedowntown.com/programs/dive-with-the-sharks

8. Drive to the top of Pikes Peak.

The safe, scenic highway provides you the opportunity to enjoy Pikes Peak at your leisure. From the gateway at an elevation of 7,400 feet, you’ll encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world as you wind your way through an alpine wonderland of scenic beauty, mountain reservoirs, beyond timberline, overtaking the clouds…all along the way to the 14,115 foot summit of America’s most famous mountain.

7. Zip lining in the Rockies

Soar up to 600 feet above rugged canyon floors and explore the Rocky Mountains at speeds up to 40 mph on Colorado’s finest zip lining tour. http://www.theadventurecompany.com

6. Gator Wrestling Class

During the gator wrestling class you will be catching alligators from 2 foot to 8 foot long!  You will start off learning how to catch and handle the little 2-4 footers, then 5-7 footers, then if you survive all that an 8 footer!  Complete the class to earn your “Certificate of Insanity!”  www.coloradogators.com/experience/gator-wrestling-class

5. Hike a 14er

Colorado has 58 mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet (known as “fourteeners” or “14ers” locally) — the most of any state. Outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels will find peaks ranging from easy to very difficult, with hiking trails for exploring the state’s scenery, wildlife and rugged beauty. 

4. Try Rocky Mountain Oysters

Considered a Colorado delicacy Rocky Mountain Oysters are small bites of bison testicles battered and fried to a golden brown and served with a tangy “cocktail” sauce.

3. Raft The Arkansas River

Take a leisurely float trip, or if you live for those adrenaline highs, steel yourself for the bumpy ride only a Class 5 rapids provides. Whether you want a half-day or full-week excursion, steak lunches or a “classical music” cruise, you can find it through one of the area’s many rafting companies.

2. Bungee Jump off the Royal Gorge bridge.

 The Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest Bungee location on earth. The bridge itself was the highest bridge in the world from 1929 until 2001 and is still the highest in the United States.www.royalgorgebridge.com

1. Giant Canyon Swing

Ready for a screaming thrill ride soaring above Glenwood Springs? Launch yourself out into Glenwood Canyon, 1,300 feet above the Colorado River, on the Giant Canyon Swing! If you’re brave enough to open your eyes, your views of the Canyon and Glenwood Springs are breathtaking as you soar through the air at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. The Giant Canyon Swing can accommodate up to four riders at a time, so you can share the adrenaline rush with friends. http://glenwoodcaverns.com/thrill-rides.html

“Seven words to describe this crazy swing: The. Scariest. Ride. I. Have. Ever. Done.” 

This article was originally posted by ImfromDenver.com.

 

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