Ozark Mountain ZIplines offers thrilling experience

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
On this leg of the tour, Rose Guhr said she could almost touch the trees. (Mike Ellis Photo)

As summer softens into fall, the cooler temperatures and sensational fall colors add to the fun at Ozark Mountain Ziplines.

The canopy tour provides spectacular views of the Ozarks, from a bird's-eye perspective. A series of 10 ziplines provides a variety of experiences, with ziplines from 120 feet to 1,800 feet long.

The people behind Ozark Mountain Ziplines have designed, built and operated ziplines from Ecuador to Canada. For this location, designers took every opportunity to fit in with the surrounding environment. Guests launch from wooden platforms suspended in the trees, or from a limestone cliff.

Last week, Rose and Tom Guhr drove over from Lowell to celebrate Tom's birthday. He had mentioned the zipline on previous drives through Eureka Springs, and the adventure lived up to expectations.

"They made it so much fun, but very safe, too," Rose said.

A pair of well-trained guides accompany every group of 10-12 guests.

"It started out very easy," Tom said, "and on the last zipline, we could reach out and touch the trees as we went by."

The Guhrs said they were asked to arrive at the office a half-hour before the tour, for an orientation on safety and riding technique.

"We were always clipped in once we got off the ground," Rose said.

Their two-hour tour went by quickly, and Rose's birthday surprise was a big hit with Tom.

Everyone wants pictures to remember their trip through the treetops, but guides suggest a camera with a strap, rather than using a cell phone. They even have GoPro helmet cameras for rent.

Ozark Mountain Ziplines has a convenient location on the edge of Eureka Springs, on U.S. Highway 62, across from the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. Guests take a five-minute shuttle to the nearby zipline site. Tours are offered every day except Wednesday, beginning at 9 a.m. Guests should call ahead to reserve a spot, and Ozark Mountain Ziplines can accommodate large or small groups.

Kids 3 years and older can enjoy the zipline tour. Some restrictions apply, including pregnant women and anyone over 275 pounds.

More information is available at 479-363-6699, or at www.ZiplineEurekaSprings.com. Their Facebook page has some pictures and testimonials from some of the many people who have enjoyed the tour.

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