Bridge bungee jumping Colorado
Colorado offers many ways of getting your adrenaline pumping and stomach dropping - skiing and snowboarding, mountaineering, white-water rafting and mountain biking, to name a few of the adventure sports available in the Centennial State. Although conventional bungee-jumping operations are limited in the Denver area, you will find some within a reasonable commute.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park (glenwoodcaverns.com), located just under three hours west of Denver on Interstate 70, advertised itself as the Colorado's first bungee jumping location when it opened its bungee attraction on Memorial Day 2011. The park's bungee jump provides 70 feet of freefall off a tower. Weight restrictions limit the ride to those between 80 and 240 pounds, and a separate fee is required to jump. Glenwood also offers a canyon swing. The park's Giant Canyon Swing propels you at speeds up to 50 mph and heights up to 1, 300 feet over the Colorado River.
Elitch Gardens (elitchgardens.com) in Denver offers two thrill rides that are similar to bungee jumping. The Slingshot earns its name by shooting you up 216 feet on two elastic cords and then letting you freefall down, bouncing and spinning the entire time. The XLR8 is billed as the highest free-fall swing in Colorado. A canyon-swing bungee jumping variant, the XLR8R lets you freefall and then swing out. Instead of starting on the ground and shooting you up like the Slingshot, the XLR8R pulls you up slowly and then drops you. Both the Slingshot and XLR8 require separate fees in addition to Elitch's general admission, and both have height requirements.
Royal Gorge Bridge
One of the highest suspension bridges in the world, the Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City, Colorado, is a natural destination for bungee jumpers. Unfortunately for would-be leapers, jumping off the bridge is illegal. It was allowed once a year during the Go Fast Games between 2003 and 2008, but since then, the games have been up in the air. At the time of publication, Games' website says that the 2011 games are on uncertain ground. Although traditional bungee jumping is illegal, Royal Gorge, which is about 2 1/2 hours south of Denver, offers a thrilling alternative. Similar to the XLR8R at Elitch Gardens, the Royal Rush Skycoaster is a swing that pulls you up, drops you and lets you swing wildly through the air. This swing is located some 1, 200 feet over the Arkansas River at the bottom of the Gorge, providing a scenic - and terrifying - ride.
Heritage Square in Golden, Colorado, just west of Denver, once offered bungee jumping among its amusements. At the time of publication, however, the park no longer offers bungee jumping. Heritage Square does offer smaller, bungee-based alternative called the Silver Spring Bungee. Part of its Miner's Maze Adventureland, Silver Spring is a trampoline bungee that lets you bounce up to 30 feet in the air while wearing a bungee harness. Jump, spin and flip while bouncing on bungee cords. Miner's Maze also offers a variety of other attractions for children, including a human maze, a climbing wall and a spinning gyro ride.