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Posted On 20 Jul 2016
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Cool fun in the great White Mountains


Sunrise Zip lineThe snow is nearly gone at Sunrise Park Resort, so they are putting away the skis and boards and trading them in for harnesses and helmets. This year, Sunrise is introducing a new Zip Line Tour that is over a mile long!


This will be the longest zip line tour in Arizona. The new “Tour” is built into the forest with six zip lines that spread through the trees and across a ski run for well over 3100 feet and then head down the mountain in tandem for an additional 2,300 feet and speeds reaching 55 miles-per-hour.


The landing platform at the end of the sixth line is on a 50’ tower where you can choose how to land: Jump off onto an airbag; repel 45 feet or just walk down the steps. “We are creating an adventure,” says Brian Bressel, general manager — “An adventure that will appeal to thrill seekers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.”


Sunrise Mountain reaches a towering height of 10,700 feet. Activities include a tube slide, bungee jump, mountain biking, disc golf course, archery courses with 3-D targets and the air bag jump (at the end of the zip line).


The “scenic” chairlift rides are appropriately named because you ride through tall aspen and Douglas fir, above wildflowers and get an incredible mountain view above the forest – It is a photographer’s dream. A great way to get exercise is to hike up to Sunrise Peak along the trails and then ride the chairlift down or, conversely, ride the chairlift up to the top and then hike back down. Either way you get a great workout.


Just minutes from the Mountain is Sunrise’s 100-room lodge located above the shores of Sunrise Lake where you can enjoy a rustic experience with views that are absolutely breath-taking.


You’ll find an indoor pool, game room and lounge. On the second floor is the Black Diamond Bar and the Summit Restaurant, famous for its “Western Apache Cuisine hosted by Executive Chef Nephi Craig as he conducts culinary demonstrations, tasting dinners and workshops. Some items on the menu are the Three Sisters’ corn fritters, Apache fries, Pozole, special breads along with steaks, fish and chicken as well. Craig has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Food & Wine Magazine, Arizona Republic and Newsweek.


The Marina is located behind the hotel and rents kayaks, peddle boats, motor and row boats — perfect for fishing or just having fun on the water. Across from the General Store at the entrance to the Park is the Snowy Mountain Horse Stable that offers unique horseback adventures as well as wagon rides.


Sunrise plans to open in mid-May through September. In general activities run from 10 am till 4 pm. Zip Line Tour hours will start at about 8 am. Please check the Sunrise Park Resort Web site for other activities and events that happen throughout the spring, summer and fall for specific days and hours of operation.


If you like the outdoors, having fun, and getting out of the scorching heat in the valley – Sunrise Park Resort is the answer for your family and friends.

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