Here are a few great reasons why WEEKDAY canopy tours are the best kept secret around:
REASON 1. THERE’S MORE OF A CHANCE TO SEE WILDLIFE! The Navitat course is quieter on weekdays without the whooping, woo-hooing, weekend crowds (who can blame them? it is exhilarating) and you have a much better chance of seeing the wild life who may run for the hills with more people around .. (Wait, Did I say hills? These are definitely not hills – they are HUGE mountains- and you will be zipping from ridge to ridge.)
REASON 2. IT’S POSSIBLE THAT YOU’LL WIND UP WITH A SMALLER TOUR GROUP! We can never guarantee it, but often the weekday tour groups aren’t full so you may get an even more personalized experience with a smaller tour group! So, you Los Angeles dwellers looking to escape the crowds of the city, (and the heat) look no further than a weekday canopy tour at Navitat.
REASON 3. THERE MAY BE LESS PEOPLE TO LAUGH AT YOUR FUNNY FACE WHILE LEAPING OFF THE LAST PLATFORM ON THE NEW TRUBLUE RAPPEL! Another NEWBIE this season is the free fall rappel option off the last tree platform. (yes, I said OPTION. You can choose to stick with the same method you’ve already mastered on the prior two rappels) This optional way down is sure to bring out your “I’m just gonna make this expression with my face so the others won’t see my nervousness.” Hey, whatever works.
REASON 4. MORE TIME TO EAT and EXPLORE WRIGHTWOOD! The check-in and check-out time during the week is quicker and less crowded. Our weekends are almost always sold out, so you are more likely to have to wait in line for those must-have Navitat shades or tee-shirts. During the week, you are in and out in a flash and can spend that extra time enjoying the cuisines of Wrightwood. (okay, so there are only 5 restaurants in Wrightwood, but they’re unique and GOOD!)
Convinced yet?? You should be! Grab your friends and click the button below to book your WEEKDAY NAVITAT ADVENTURE:
As a new business to the LA market, Navitat is happy to support our local public radio stations. Why? Simple. It’s a win-win. Not only do we as a business get to support important on-air programming, but we also get the benefit of reaching listeners like you: intelligent, inquisitive and (since you’re reading this, we can only assume) adventurous!
Experience also tells us that, simply put, public radio listeners expect the best. When searching the market for businesses you want to support, you look for those with solid reputations and a history of community involvement. We’re just getting started here in the greater Los Angeles area, so allow us to introduce ourselves:
“Navitat” combines “navigation” with “habitat;” which is exactly what you’ll be doing on a Navitat canopy tour – navigating our forest habitat in a NEW and EXCITING way.
On our 3.5 hour adventure, you will soar between trees on 10 thrilling ziplines, take in your surroundings on 4 aesthetic sky bridges, and get up close and personal with the trees on 3 different rappels including the new TRUBLUE RAPPEL.
Chastity Dotson and Stephanie Arellano, two best friend actresses from Studio City, CA, have been giving each other birthday surprises for years!! This year, Stephanie got her best surprise yet when Chastity brought her to Navitat for a canopy tour! Chastity even made her wear a blindfold for 30 minutes before the tour so she wouldn’t guess what they were doing. Watch the video below to see Stephanie’s reaction when she found out:
We caught up with them afterwards at the Yodeler (a local Wrightwood restaurant) and they were even more excited and animated than they were in this video! (I know that seems impossible but seriously, they were!) They raved about their experience!!
How does ziplining in NC compare with ziplining in CA?
During our opening week here at Navitat Wrightwood, we were lucky enough to be visited by a guest that has also zip lined at our Navitat Asheville location. Although a lot of us on staff have zipped both locations, it’s rare that we get to hear a guest perspective on the differences between the two courses. The guest’s name is Maddison, and we asked him to say a few words about his experience zipping BOTH courses. Below is a photo of Maddison’s Group and below the photo you can read what Maddison had to say….
“I’ve been to Navitat Asheville in the summer of 2011 several times and plan on going back at least 4 or 5 more times this summer (As I live in Asheville). The Wrightwood CA course is a vastly different course from Asheville; with massive trees, steep terrain and more thrilling zips that leave you in awe of the extreme tranquil silence which leaves only the wooded sound of massive trees healthily crackling in the wind all whilst you sit on the very top of the canopy. The Wrightwood Location offers a great glimpse of the vast Angeles National Forests’ extreme environment by allowing visitors to get a birds eye look at the untouched forest floor from the vertigo inspiring trees. Wrightwood is a more intense course than Asheville due to the higher heights and the longer zips. One key element I noticed about the course at Wrightwood is how the temperature varies so greatly as you ascend and descend on the course, you get to taste the cool mountain air on some zips and breathe the warm desert updraft on others. Wrightwood is NOT for anyone with a fear of heights, at times you are on platforms that sit on the very top of the tree. I also have never been zipping on a course that the platforms are wrapped around gigantic Christmas trees with pine-needles that taste of Tangerines. The Asheville course is a much more cozy, rain forest like course as you fly closer to the ground and in parts through tunnels of foliage. I told Amy and Kevin (our fantastic guides on the tour), that the Zip line is almost like riding in the same car but driving through a different state, the two courses’ scenery are very very different from each other. I would recommend that any thrill seeker try BOTH courses.”- Maddison
There you have it folks. The verdict is …. BOTH courses are awesome! So, why not zip both?
Socal Wanderer wandered their way into Wrightwood for a Navitat Canopy Adventure…
Socal Wanderer is a popular series from the award winning KCET Public Broadcasting Station. They’re know for seeking out Los Angeles’ Hidden Gems and then video blogging about their experience. We were THRILLED when they chose Navitat as a potential topic for their series.
Host, Jacob Soboroff, was admittedly, a tad nervous about the prospect of soaring above the forest at heights over 300 feet off the ground and speeds up to 55 mph. It’s always exciting to watch the progression of an apprehensive guest. Jacob conquered his initial fear and accomplished the feat of ziplining almost 2 miles of total cable while taking in the epic views of Southern California. Take a look at the video below to see how things turned out for Jacob — We’re pretty sure Socal Wanderer found their Navitat experience to exceed their expectations:
The popularity of our company mascot, Chester A. Corn (the squirrel) is ever growing! Often people call us and ask, “Are you the zipline company with the squirrel?” Yes, we are. Well, we’re the canopy tour with the squirrel and 10ziplines, 3 sky bridges, and 3 rappels, but who’s counting?
It all started with a “name our squirrel” contest leading up to the opening of our original site in Asheville, NC. The lucky winner got to win free tickets and we got a name for our squirrel! Since then, Chester has won over most all of our guests with his cuteness.
Of course, when we opened our second site in California, Chester wanted to come along. Since Socal is much larger than Western NC, it has taken a little time for Chester to gain recognition, but slowly he’s gaining his popularity on the west coast as well. He’s appeared on several billboards around LA and yes, Chester caught the Hollywood bug for stardom. For a minute, we thought about giving him gelled hair and shades to make him fit into the Hollywood scene but he wasn’t thrilled and he is truly an outdoorsman at heart.
The Navitat Wrightwood property is full of unique stories and history. One story we think is especially cool is the story of a magnificent tree that rests at the base of our property only a few hundred feet away from the San Andreas Fault. (The fault line runs right across the front edge our our property!)
This handsome Jeffrey pine that we’ve dubbed “Old Andy” is a true testament to the strength and stability of trees. According to the local forest service, this particular tree survived the Southern California earthquake of 1812 registering a magnitude of 7.5 and then the earthquake of 1857 registering a 7.9! WOW!
“How do they know the tree was in the earthquake so long ago?” you may be thinking. Well, they measure ring widths under a binocular microscope using a dial caliper and examine all significant departures from normal growth trends and interpret them taking all possible environmental factors into account during a given year. Btw, for those of you that aren’t into math, this means that “Old Andy” is well over 200 years old! And he’s got the scars to prove it!!
After hearing of “Old Andy’s” determined longevity and strength maybe you will feel even more secure to know that the Navitat course is ENTIRELY tree-based. (click here to learn how Navitat is different from other canopy tours) The trees are the supporting structure for our zipline cables and our platforms. Not only that, but we do everything we can to minimize our impact on these trees! We use growth blocks to separate the cables from the trees. (no tree stranglers here, just tree huggers) We also have Arborists come to our property and check the health of the trees periodically. Uh-huh, that’s right. We CARE about these trees! They are our livelihood here at Navitat, so it makes sense that we would want to treat them with the utmost care and respect. Plus, they’re beautiful.
If you’re interested in exploring this amazing property while traversing ziplines, crossing bridges, and learning more about these old growth pine trees that are saturated in history, head on over to our website and
If there’s one thing we know here in Southern California, it’s that Socal is over flowing with natural beauty, every where you turn. Here I sit looking out my office window at the incredible, jagged, snow covered peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains, when only this weekend, I was a mere hour away gazing over the rugged Laguna Beach cliffs staring into the Pacific Ocean. How lucky are we to be in such close proximity between two entirely different eco-systems?!! Very lucky indeed!
That’s why I’m calling all you Laguna Beach folks to come check out what we have to offer here in the San Gabriels. We’re too close to you for you not to take a day for exploration. I can’t think of a better way to explore the mountain terrain than taking a Navitat Canopy Tour through the tree tops of Ponderosa and Jeffrey Pines. Talk about experiencing Socal Nature in an entirely new way!! You will soar through the air on ziplines and slowly traverse over suspended rope bridges in order to access places in the forest that would otherwise be impossible to get to. (The terrain is too steep to hike to many parts of our forest)
Let’s also talk about Socal wildlife. In Laguna this weekend, I saw a whale, seals, and dolphins! I felt so lucky! Now, I’d love to share with you coastal dwellers the wildlife you can look forward to seeing in our Socal Mountains. On the Navitat property, we’ve seen bobcats, bears, deer, snakes, and an assortment of birds. Although we don’t see all of those animals everyday, we do see gorgeous red tailed hawks soaring above our property EVERY single day, often in pairs. No matter what you happen to see the day you come take a tour, one thing is for sure, you won’t be disappointed!!
So what do you say to trading landscapes for a day?! I say, start driving. See you soon!!
Hey San Diego! We know you don’t have much reason to leave your lovely city what with your near perfect weather… BUT – what if you could drive just over 2 hours for an incredible outdoor eco-adventure that you won’t soon forget??
We’re talking about flying between HUGE conifers, traversing rope bridges, and rappelling over 40 feet! That’s right, Navitat Canopy Adventures in Wrightwood offers Zipline Canopy tours very close to San Diego in the GORGEOUS San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California.
It’s close enough for just a day trip, but why not make it a whole weekend and enjoy our quaint little town nestled in the trees. There’s plenty of lodging options and several restaurants to choose from.
Check out the music video below that gives a quick overview of our tour experience and then head here to book your tour! We even have a pre-season SALE going on that you won’t want to miss!!! We are booking tours now and will open for the season on March 31st!! We are open 7 days a week!!!
Geico’s popular commercial released at the beginning of the new year featuring Maxwell The Pig in his newest adventure was filmed RIGHT HERE at Navitat Canopy Adventures Wrightwood, CA. We had a fantastic time working with the production crew to help them produce this hilarious commercial advertising Geico’s new mobile app. Take a gander at the commercial below and let us know what you think! Does this make you want to go ziplining at Navitat? We’re sure you will also feel a surge of “pure. adrenaline.”
Is Maxwell the world’s coolest pig? Yes, we do believe so…
Here are some photos of the production crew and the Navitat staff working together to make this commercial happen: