Ready for an epic Iowa adventure? Fly 70 feet above the ground on ziplines as long as 1,000 feet during a guided tour of the beautiful, haunting, and historical Union Park in Dubuque.
Sky Tours at YMCA Union Park Camp is located at 11764 John F Kennedy Road.
See the Union Park ruins from high above as you soar through the air.
Feel the need for speed?
The first of nine ziplines is the Bunny Run, where you'll fly over a deep ravine at the edge of the course. For the next zipline, you'll soar over a quiet and secluded valley to land on the hillside. After a short walk through the woods, you'll launch from 45 feet and enjoy a 360-degree view of Union Park's Horseshoe Hollow. From the fourth zipline landing point, you'll enjoy a ride from a platform to an easy landing on solid ground on a bluff. The fifth line, named Air Strike, zips through dense vegetation and over Union Park's bowling alley ruins.
The views from above are magical.
The sixth line is fast, as you zip along at nearly-ground level and land along the far end of the eastern valley of the course. The seventh line is more than 800 feet long and they get pretty fast as you zip down the hillside. You'll see the Union Park pool, and then land on the hillside. The eighth line crosses over the seventh, making it the Midwest's first double-layered zipline. The last line starts on an elevated take-off platform and you'll zip through a tree corridor to see Horseshoe Hollow.
There are two guides to help with each group.
Guides are trained and certified in ziplining safety. They know the terrain, the course, and the equipment. Many Sky Tours guests are first-time zipliners, and the guides know how to put everyone at ease.
The tour takes about two hours.
Sky Tours takes care of all of the necessary safety equipment. They even offer bottled water at two places on the course.
While ziplining, guests are double-clipped to a 1.2-inch steel cable at all times while in the air.
This particular zipline course was designed for people with average strength and stamina, so don't worry if you aren't a hardcore Cross-Fit beast of a human. The short hikes are no more strenuous than climbing three flights of stairs.
Trained and certified guides are with the ziplining group throughout the entire tour.
The zipline tour is like a nine-hole golf course. The tour takes about 2 hours and includes a few short hikes from one landing spot to the next launch spot. You'll get an amazing view of the historic Union Park ruins as you fly through the air.
Anyone over the age of 10 who weighs between 70 and 270 pounds is allowed to zipline at Sky Tours.
Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the reserved time so the guides will have time to fit everyone in the group with a helmet, climbing harness, and lanyard with safety carabiners.
Zipliners should wear close-toed shoes and have their hair tied back.
The Sky Tours guides recommend that any body piercing jewelry be removed before ziplining, for safety. Avoid wearing loose clothing like scarves and skirts. Short-shorts are a bad idea, too. Zipliners spend a lot of time flying through the air in harnesses, so dress appropriately for the activity and for the (often unpredictable) weather.
Sky Tours can accommodate groups of up to 12 people at a time.
Call ahead to reserve a time for your group to make sure you all get to zipline together. Sky Tours tries to accommodate larger groups, too. If you call ahead, they can make special arrangements for groups of more than 12 zipliners.
All guests must complete a waiver or have a waiver completed by their parent or guardian if they are under the age of 18 before entering the course.
Sky Tours accommodates young people, including Scout groups, youth groups, church groups, large families, and even corporate outings. Larger groups should call or email to book a reservation.
Sky Tours welcomes first-time zipliners.
In fact, most of the tour participants at Sky Tours are first time zipliners. The guides conduct a training session and orientation before starting the course so everyone feels comfortable. They also check everyone's gear at each zipline starting and landing point to make sure everyone is secure.
For those seeking a special type of ziplining adventure, the Night Flight presents a unique kind of thrill. Fly through the pitch black night air during this unique tour. Call Sky Tours for details.