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Autumn at Sonoma Canopy Tours - September 27, 2015

We just finished a fantastic summer season here at Sonoma Canopy Tours.  Our new course "the Challenger" is up and running and is receiveing rave reviews.  Challenger has 3 Zips.  One is 1500 feet long.  It also has 4 bridges. 2 rappel's one ending with a 45' freefall.  We do recommend that you have ziplined before if you decide to do the Challenger, but it is definitely not required.  You can choose your own comfort level with many options while completeing the new course.  So come and Challenge yourself at SCT.  Our Night Tours on our Classic Course have become so popular that we will be continuing them into the Fall and beyond.  The couse is lit up and looks beautiful. It's a great time to do some star gazing with that special someone.  We are running 20 Tours on weekends on the Classic and are still operating during the week too.  So come on out to Occidental and enjoy some Fall fun at SCT.

If you do our Classic course and decide to take on the Challenger that same day, you can add that on for just an additonal $69.  We look forward to seeing you


Challenger - August 8, 2015

The opening of our new Challenger Course has beem delayed by a few weeks.  We now expect the opening to be around the first of Sept.  We have had a landslide of inquiries and interest in our new course and excellent reviews from the handful of employees who have had the pleasure of taking some test runs on it.  As its name implies, it is a  more "challenging" course.  We do recommend that you have done our Classic Course or  have other zipline or ropes course experience before you take on this new course.  While waiting for the Challenger to open, we recommend you take one of our Night Tours.  Give us a call at 888 494-7868 and we can let you know open dates.  and help you make a reservation.  Nothing better then ziplining at night under a full moon and a heaven full of stars above you.  Don't miss out, make your reservations now.


NIght Tours and Challenger Course - July 25, 2015

We are having a very busy summer season here at Sonoma Canopy Tours.  There are people coming from all over the United Staes and many international guests as well.  Some have been coming to the day time Tour on our Classic Course,  and then staying to do the NIght Tour as well.  We have recently added Thurday evenings to our calender for Night Tours.  Eveyone is enjoying our brand new beautiful Welcome Center.  A very lovely setting next to the famous Dutch Bill Creek.  Our new Epic Course, the Challenger, will be opening by mid August.  Check back with our website to see updates on opening day.  It is going to be a thrill ride of an adventure, so don't miss it. 


Summer Tours - July 9, 2015

We are having an awesome and very busy summer season here at Sonoma Canopy Tours Come join us for the memory of a lifetime. We are offering 18 Tours on weekdays and 24 on weekends. We also have Night Flights on Friday and Saturday that begin at 9:00 PM on our classic course, and are $99.00 per person.  Come check in at our brand new Welcome Center. Yes we do have real restrooms, the porta potties are GONE. So don't let summer end without creating a memory with your family and friends. We will see you all there.


Exiting times at Sonoma Canopy Tours - July 3, 2015

It has been an exciting week here at Sonoma Canopy Tours.  Our new Welcome Center is now open.  It is beautiful and sitting right along the picuresque Dutch Bill Creek.  Come early to check in, have a seat on the patio and enjoy the outstanding forest views before heading up for your Tour.  We also have kicked off our Night Tours adventure  It is our same Classic Course done under the moon and stars.  Call us 7 days  to check on availability.  NIght tours will be running throught Nov.1 only, Don't miss out on the fun 


Love the Moon and the Stars - June 29, 2015

In addition to the Night Flights at Sonoma Canopy Tours - why don't you and your friends visit Wine Country Star Party 


Night Flights Begin Friday, July 3, 2015 - June 26, 2015

Night Flights (Classic Course)

Experience our same great Classic Course (described above) after the sun sets. Along with the thrill of zipping quietly through the night time forest we take the time to view the night sky from our tree top platforms. Our guides will point out the constellations and other topics of interest. A unique way to spend your evening.


Union Hotel Pizza - June 20, 2015

After your flight - you and your family can enjoy a great Italian meal at the Union Hotel in Occidental.


Night Flights Launching Soon - June 20, 2015

Enjoy our trees by day?  Just wait until our night flights begin at night.


Local Lodging - June 12, 2015

Occidental Hotel, Occidental, CA


Our new Welcome Center Open Soon - June 12, 2015

No more porta-potties


Renovations are beginning - November 3, 2014


Family Activities Around Sonoma County - June 30, 2014

Sonoma Canopy Tours is WILD about animals

The Wild Cat Foundation and Conservation Fund:

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Wild Cat Education & Conservation Fund - June 30, 2014

The Occidental-based Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund will be hosting their 3rd Annual Cheetah Challenge on Saturday, July 12, 2014 from noon to 4pm.

For More information contact:  Bob Diceley - 707-874-3176 or


KRON 4 Summer Adventure Video - June 28, 2014




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Special thanks to KRON 4 for featuring Sonoma Canopy Tours on their 2014 Family Adventure Guide.

We love kids of all ages - they just have to be over 10 years of age and must weigh over 70 pounds.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


From Yelp - June 18, 2014

Sonoma Canopy Tours was nice enough to give the nonprofit I run (Real Options for City Kids) a discount so that we could bring a bunch of our high school participants.  As a good Executive Director, I of course had to attend  That being said, that was one of the more memorable and exciting adventures we have taken our young people on.  I'll have to admit I did have a few butterflies flapping their wings in my stomach as I was standing high above the ground on a crowded perch with 6 high schoolers and 3 adults.  But, once you start zipping down the lines (for some routes, it is difficult to see the end platform as it is so far away), the adrenaline kicks and the fun begins.  It was so nice to see lots of smiles on our participants' faces.


Life Time Memory - June 18, 2014

“Life Time Memory”  from Trip Advisor
5 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2014NEW

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I took my daughter and her fiancé on the canopy tour. It was an amazing experience. Although my wife was scared of heights, our guides continually reassured us of their expertise and all the safety elements built into the canopy tour. By time we got to the longest zip, she was totally at ease and able to enjoy our time in the trees. We were amazed at the variety of elements included in this canopy tour...from long zips, to the rope bridges, the awesome spiral staircase and then the rappel. WOW. When we got back down to the welcome tent, we had an incredible sense of accomplishment. The entire canopy tour team; from the greeting in the parking lot, to the ladies in the gift shop; and especially our guides, were incredibly friendly and funny. First class experience and I'd highly recommend this to all of our family and friends. Sonoma Canopy Tours is a "must do" activity in Sonoma County

Visited May 2014

Summer 2014 is here! - June 18, 2014

Sonoma Canopy Tours is ready for you!  Whether you are planning a family reunion, a wedding, an anniversary or honeymoon - Sonoma Canopy Tours has a wonderful Northern California Redwood Forest experience.  Located in Occidental, CA, Sonoma County, Sonoma Canopy Tours is in the midst of the wine country and very close to the coast.

We have 7 ziplines, 2 sky bridges, a spiral staircase, and an exciting rappel - you get to enjoy each of the elements on the 2.5 hour tour.


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Great for an Anniversary Celebration! - July 9, 2013

We loved our tour! My husband and I came for our first year wedding anniversary and it was such a great way to celebrate! We had never ziplined before and I think this was the perfect first time. James and Emma made us feel very safe, they explained everything really well and helped us laugh off the nerves. They were funny and fun to be with along the way. James is super knowledgeable about the Redwoods and it was fascinating learning stuff along the way. Afterwards on our drive through the redwoods we kept using the terms he taught us. Emma was the perfect person to help get us strapped in and coax us to leave the platform. She told us she is in nursing school and that makes total sense, she's so calm and reassuring. I really loved that there were several zips because it takes time to get a little more comfortable and I didn't want it to be over before I had a chance to enjoy it. When we planned the trip we saw that some places charged upwards of $60 for only one zip. $99 for several zips, plus a spiral staircase in a tree, plus a couple of foot bridges, plus all the safety aspects and the demonstration is well worth it, definitely well priced! We had an amazing time and cannot wait to do it again! Thanks! 

Jessica N, Fremont, CA


Trip Advisor Award - July 8, 2013

OCCIDENTAL, CA – July 1, 2013 Sonoma Canopy Tours today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

 “Sonoma Canopy Tours is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year in a row,” said Bruce Wohlert, Business Manager at Sonoma Canopy Tours.  “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.”

 “TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

Sonoma Canopy Tours is located in Occidental, Ca, approximately 1.5 hours North of San Francisco.  The first flight was July 1, 2010 and Sonoma Canopy Tours has received national recognition for US News and World Report as one of the Top 10 Canopy Tours in the United States.  $1 from each canopy tour flight is donated to at-risk youth organizations to incentivize their youth and to date Sonoma Canopy Tours has provided donations or free flights for hundred deserving youth.



Local Hotel Special Offer! - June 27, 2013

The Occidental Hotel offers a great special for Sonoma Canopy Tours' guests.

Check out the link and call today!

We'll be seeing you soon.


Welcome Sue Bonzell of KZST! - June 27, 2013

Sue - you and your family picked a rare Northern California June day - it felt like January with the rain and cool weather!  I heard you screaming in my office - you must have had a great time.

Summer is a great time to zipline in Sonoma County.  It's an awesome family experience and perfect for locals with out of town visitors!


Another form of flying! - April 27, 2013

Fly high over the wine country with Calistoga Balloons!  View the vineyards from the balloon and then enjoy an awesome breakfast! Visit  or call 888-995-7700 for more information!


More Sonoma County Activities - April 9, 2013

Summer is fast approaching! Grab your calendar and plan a trip to Sonoma County. Sonoma Canopy Tours is a great place to soar through the mighty Northern California Redwoods, but there are some great activities on the ground too!

Getaway Adventures will take you biking through our awesome vineyards or kayaking down the Russian River. Check out the Sonoma Serengeti at Safari West - the animals are terrific!


The Curious Traveler Paid Sonoma Canopy Tours a Visit - April 9, 2013

Sonoma Canopy Tours was honored to host Shannon Switzer, The Curious Traveler a few months ago. Check out Shannon's great article! Are you ready to book your flight yet?


Giving back to our Community - April 8, 2013

Sonoma Canopy Tours advances social justice by donating $1 from every tour booked to give at-risk youth an outdoor adventure.  Most benefactors are located in the Sonoma County area.  A partial list of recipients is shown here


Save the Date - March 26, 2013

Social Advocates for Youth is having a fundraiser on Saturday, May 4th. Sonoma Canopy Tours is donating 10% of our sales to this great organization!  Visit

See you there!


Welcome - March 20, 2013

Welcome to Sonoma Canopy Tours' Blog!