In the treetops just outside of Flagstaff, adventurers challenge the limits of the body and mind as they maneuver obstacles up to 60 feet above the ground.
Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course (FLG X) is located within Fort Tuthill County Park, a hub for all things outdoors and community-oriented. The adventure course opened in 2012 and has been steadily growing ever since.
“Word of mouth is our biggest advocate,” said manager Rachel Buzzard. “Every year we get busier and busier.”
FLG X added a zip line course in 2016 which features nine routes and provides an opportunity for people to get involved even if they don’t want to tackle the adventure courses.
“It’s really something for everybody,” Buzzard said.
She also points out that Fort Tuthill is open to the public, allowing friends and family members to follow along from the ground and cheer on those who are in the trees or take photographs if they don’t want to participate in either type of course.
The Kid’s Adventure Course is open to young adventurers ages 7 to 11, as long as they meet the 4’7” height requirement with their arms raised above their head. Those ages 12 to 15 can take on the adult course with accompaniment from an adult. The adult course is open to ages 16 and up, with a weight limit of 275 pounds to ensure a proper harness fit, and height requirement of 5’11″ with arms raised above their head.
Children must be accompanied by a guardian while on the Kid’s Adventure Course. This route can be completed up to three times for the price of admission, and allows adventurers to build up their physical skills and confidence.
The adult courses range in difficulty from green, indicating minimal elevation and skill necessary to complete, to black, located at the highest elevation and requiring advanced skill to complete. Each of the five courses contains a mixture of 10 to 17 different obstacles such as rope swings, hanging nets, suspended bridges and more, with zip lines connecting each.
No matter how far they make it in the end, Buzzard said people tend to come away from the experience with a sense of accomplishment.
“You can stop wherever you want on the course,” she said. “It gets harder and harder as it goes, and people know that, but yet they push themselves past that.”
FLG X values safety above all else. Guests are asked to arrive on time to allow employees to go over the rules and safety equipment with them before beginning on the green course.
While the park is open rain/snow or shine, severe weather conditions will temporarily close the course. As monsoon season gets underway, close lightning strikes, high winds and heavy rain will force closure. Guests who wait longer than an hour following these closures can be issued a rain check to return when the weather is more ideal.
Environmental consciousness is also high on FLG X’s list of priorities—the obstacles and connecting platforms remain in place through tension rather than holes drilled in the trees.
For these reasons and more, FLG X is a popular destination for anyone looking to test their limits and have unique fun with friends or family. During the summer especially, time slots fill up fast.
“Definitely book a reservation,” advised Buzzard. “Wear close-toed shoes, eat a good breakfast. You’re going to be active; you’re going to be at 7,000 feet. Just expect to have a good time and be challenged. It’s not like anything else you’ll do with your family.”
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” —John Muir