Aerial adventure park opens in Bailey

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Adventure grows on tree ... houses

By Corinne Westeman

Whether you’re 7 or 70, there’s always adventure to be found among the sunny treetops and the shade of the forest floor.


That’s why Treehouse Adventure Park has set up its huts, ropes and zip lines among the pine trees of Bailey, just across from Riverbend Market & Eatery along U.S. 285.

The adventure park, which opened in early June, already has seen more than 500 people strap themselves into the harnesses and make their way across the eight courses.

“It’s a playground for everyone,” manager Leland Schomker said. “ ... People like the aesthetic — that it’s built into the trees. And it gets their adrenaline pumping.”

The land was unused before owner Nick Fullerton bought it last year, marketing director Monique Bright explained. Fullerton grew up on his family’s adventure course in South Dakota and traveled around the country to others to find the best elements from each to bring incorporate into his adventure park.

Construction on Treehouse Adventure Park took eight months, and a company was brought in to build the courses, trails and rock walls. The logs used on the courses, Bright pointed out, were cut from that property.

The courses only spread across four acres of the 12-acre property, leaving room for possible expansion, Bright said.

And as far as visitors go, not a single day has gone by without a mix of locals and out-of-towners harnessing up, she said.

To go through the courses, the instructors teach the visitors how to strap themselves in and use the equipment. After that, though, they have two hours to go as fast or as slow as they want through the courses, Bright explained.

The eight courses range in difficulty, with Black Jack Pass being the most difficult, Schmoker said.

“Even for people in good shape, it’s a challenge,” he said.

Many of the staff are Conifer- and Bailey-area residents, including Schmoker who grew up in Bailey and said there wasn’t very much to do. But, he hopes now the adventure park will help people — young and old — stay out of trouble.

“I want (the park) to get people active and coming to Bailey,” he said.

Among those who came to Bailey for an afternoon of adventure was James Isham, 14, and his cousin Karina Sanders, 17. The two were visiting their grandparents, who live in the area.

Isham, who was visiting from Goodland, Kan., has gone rappelling and rock-climbing before, and said the experience was somewhat similar. He said he especially enjoyed the zip-lining opportunities on the different courses.

Likewise, Sanders — who’s from Aurora — was also enjoying herself, saying that she would come back and recommend it to others.

“It’s something new — overcoming fears and feeling the environment,” Sanders said of her experience at the adventure park. “It’s natural. The trees aren’t being hurt — they’re supporting us. ... It’s calming, once you get past the fear.”

Want to go? Treehouse Adventure Park

Where: 60117 U.S. 285, Bailey

When: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to sunset; Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to sunset

Cost: $39 for two hours for ages 7-12; $49 for two hours for ages 13 and older

For more information: visit treehouseadventurepark.com.