Paragliding: Our Version of Gone with the Wind
High flying adventures begin with paragliding in Glenwood Springs! Paragliding and the exhilaration of flight are not only for adrenaline junkies! Adults from all walks of life, kids, older folks and even girls in dresses have been thrilled by paragliding in Glenwood Springs. There’s no experience required and you don’t have to be fit either, just in shape enough to jog a few steps from the launch pad to being airborne.
Lift off from the summit of Red Mountain, close to downtown Glenwood Springs, then soar like an eagle over treetops, rivers and meadows. Feel the air rush by, then catch you in its arms as the wind fills your sails. Drift on invisible currents and take time to savor the views of the magnificent Roaring Fork Valley spread out like a toy landscape below.
Visitors paraglide in tandem with professional U.S. Hang Gliding Certified Instructors. The pilot will fit your harness and helmet, provide instruction, navigate the paraglider and guide you to a smooth landing in an open meadow. There is no free-falling or jumping off of cliffs. Even a fear of heights is rarely a factor since there is no sensation of falling. The launches and landings are slow and gentle. Once in the air, most people are surprised by the serenity of the experience.
Depending on conditions, flights last from 10 – 30 minutes. Glenwood Springs’ paragliding outfitters typically offer up to five flight times per day. While you can paraglide in a dress, long pants and sturdy boots are the recommended attire.