Moab’s first commercial zip line course set to open
by Steve Kadel
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Guides at a new zip line facility near Moab test the course. Photo courtesy of Emily Bynum
Guides at a new zip line facility near Moab test the course. Photo courtesy of Emily Bynum
Moab’s first commercial zip line will be up and running in a few days.

Beginning Monday, April 8, local residents can get a 60 percent price discount to test the course, which features six lines – some nearly a quarter-mile long and 100 feet off the ground.

“Because you are moving, you don’t notice the height. You notice the scenery,” said Casey Bynum, who owns Raven’s Rim Zip Line Adventure with his wife, Emily.

Casey Bynum said the introductory discount from the normal cost of $119 for adults is intended to help show the course to locals, and will help the guides and other employees fine-tune the operation. The special offer will be available for approximately 10 days before regular pricing kicks in, he said. A lower price is available for children, he said.

The course is near the Slickrock Bike Trail and is surrounded by public lands in the Sand Flats Recreation Area, managed cooperatively by Grand County and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The zip line is located on private property owned by the estate of former uranium mogul Charles Steen.

The first few zip lines are shorter and somewhat slower than those that follow, Bynum said.

“You start out kind of slow and not too high to get the cobwebs out,” he said. “We want to make it fun for everybody, for kids and older people.”

By the end of the course, a single run will take up to 45 seconds to complete, Bynum added. He said only five of the lines will be open to begin with, although the sixth should be added later this month.

The lines range in length from 290 feet to 1,240 feet.

There’s also a suspension bridge that zip liners must walk across to reach one of the lines. It’s what Bynum calls “a single-file bridge” about 18 inches wide. The bridge has side netting, and people will be secured by a belay as they cross for extra safety.

“It is totally safe, but it’s a bit of an adventure itself,” Bynum said.

Tickets may be purchased at a storefront at 998 N. Main St., across from Denny’s restaurant. From there, clients are driven to the course two miles away in a Polaris Ranger via a four-wheel-drive trail that includes boulder climbing.

“We drop you off pretty much at the first zip, but there’s a moderate amount of hiking involved,” Bynum said.

Clients must walk for about five minutes to reach one of the lines, and Bynum advises people to wear adequate shoes for the brief trek.

The storefront is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, he said. Hours may change later in the season, Bynum said. In the future, zip hours may be extended to sunrise and sunset to enhance the visual experience, he said.

Bynum noted that first-time zip liners shouldn’t be worried about being able to stop at the end of each run.

“We have fully trained guides who control all the braking,” he said. “The guests just get on and have fun.”

Those who have tested the five lines now in place have given good reviews, Bynum said.

“Everybody we’ve had up there has had a kick in the pants, even people who have done zip lines before,” he said.

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