I visited Arizona Zipline Adventures on January 29, 2016, the day they opened to the public. While I was there only briefly, I can tell you that if you are reasonably fit, weigh between 50 and 250 pounds, and enjoy a good rush, go for it!
AZ Zipline Adventures has 5 zipline spans ranging from 400 to 1500 feet in length. The owners have designed this adventure somewhat like a course to be conquered. One price gets you a hair raising zip on all five spans and the course takes about 2 hours to complete for a group of up to 6 people.
While individuals can enjoy the thrill, they really have this attraction designed for team building activities for corporate, school or sports groups.
Upon arriving I met two of the owners, Emily Goff and David Thompson. Emily told me that conception to completion took 2 years. The land had been in her family for a long time, which explains why they located on the Northwest side of Mt. Lemmon, about 7 miles east of Oracle.
Looking east from the expansive deck the view is of the San Pedro River Valley and the Galiuro Mountains in the distance. Beautiful!
David showed me the multiple redundant safety features associated with such high-speed thrill rides. Naturally, I had to ask him how fast does one go? To my amazement, he said that in trial runs on the 1500 foot span they reached up to 79 mph. After I heard that I looked twice at the redundant breaking systems.
In addition to the ziplines, there are many other things to do here: gold panning, hiking, low-rope activities and ... the GIANT SWING!
I wasn't expecting it so didn't get a picture, but I did see an older gray-haired lady try out the GIANT SWING. She was giggling like the 6-year-old girl she once was. What fun!
Arizona Zipline Adventures does have a small gift shop; restaurant and plenty of picnic tables on the deck.
For more information and reservations, ZipArizona or call 520-308-9350
35406 S. Mt. Lemmon Rd; Oracle, AZ 85623
From Tucson, head north on Oracle Road (Hwy 77) to the town of Oracle. Turn right (east) onto Mt. Lemmon Hwy. After about 6 miles, Mt. Lemmon Hwy becomes an unpaved road. Stay the course for another 0.7 miles and you are there.