When you live in the United States, there’s no shortage of beautiful states. In fact, you’ve probably spent pleasurable evenings at a few parties arguing about the best state to live in. However, if you’re the outdoorsy type, specifically a natural-born thrill seeker, then sooner or later you’re going to move to Colorado or at least seriously consider the proposition. As one popular Colorado bumper sticker expresses it, “Not a native…but I got here as fast I could!”
Colorado is a state with snow-covered mountains with all sorts of adventure options. What’s even better, you’re not alone. Others like you come to Colorado for the same reason—to live on the edge and feel the glorious sensation of being truly alive. You won’t be lonely here. You’ll be among friends. You’ll find your tribe.
Naturally, you also want to avoid becoming an accident victim in need of a personal injury lawyer, either due to your own negligence or that of other people as you travel across the great state of Colorado. With that in mind let’s look at affordable adventure opportunities in Colorado as well as review some tips for safe thrill-seeking:
Affordable Thrill-Seeking Opportunities in Colorado
Prices for outdoor extreme sport adventures depend on many factors when you're working with a company that provides these experiences.
While extreme sports are expensive by nature because you are hiring top guides to keep you safe as well as using high-quality equipment, you can save money in three specific ways:
1. Take the beginner tour. For instance the 15-mile fast car drive rather than the 60-mile trip.
2. Buying a multi-phase package. For instance, going for a combined zip line and white water experience.
3. Using a one-time offer that's provided immediately after the experience. For instance, getting the discounted sky-diving voucher for the next time you want to try the experience.
Let's take a look at 3 experiences, out of a myriad of many other options available in Colorado.
1. Drive Fast Cars on Mountain Roads
If you’ve ever wanted to drive a Lamborghini, say, a Superleggera or Spyder, on a mountain road, then you can rent a car that offers this great experience for car enthusiasts. While you’ll have to stay within the posted speed limits and never open the throttle, you’ll enjoy the thrill of driving up into the canyons on curvilinear roads and steering the car around tight curves.
2. White Water Rafting
If you’ve thought about white water rafting, then many companies offer trips on the Colorado River. The feeling of being tossed around a raft will definitely get your adrenaline flowing. Knowledgeable guides teach you the basic skills of how to manage the raft and they also know the best places to take you on your guided tour.
Why would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane? For the thrill of tumbling through the air. Skydiving is an intense experience, and you should find an outfit that has a supportive instructor for first-timers. On the way up, you’ll feel like a commando in a war movie as you sit in a plane packed like a sardine with your fellow rookies. Once the door opens and you make the tandem jump, you’ll feel butterflies in your stomach and a clenched throat, but it will only last a few seconds. This feeling arises because of the acceleration. If the plane is flying at 100 mph, when you jump, you’ll be flying 10 miles faster than the plane. This uncomfortable sensation will be followed by a sense of eerie peace as you float around in the sky. Finally, as you come in for the landing, you’ll get some G-force feelings.
How to Stay Safe when Living Dangerously
Lastly, here are 4 core safety tips that you should follow when you make a trip:
1. If possible, get someone else to drive on your way back, as you might be a little disoriented or a little too over-stimulated by your experience to drive carefully.
2. Avoid trying to increase the high by consuming any recreational drugs before the adventure. Even though marijuana use is legal in Colorado, you need a clear head when you participate in an extreme sport.
3. If you’re working with a company, then you’ll be provided with a guide to help you learn exactly how to perform the extreme sport. However, you do have to pay attention to what they're saying and you have to do your best to follow their instructions. Since you’ll be signing a waiver before you start the sport, you’re entirely responsible for anything that happens to you (even if, in retrospect, you think it’s the instructor's fault.)
4. Focus on packaged group experiences as opposed to solo adventures, as extreme sport companies go out of their way to make sure that their clients stay safe. If you are an experienced athlete and want to go on a solo experience, say rock climbing, then be sure to go with a team.
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