Each participant must be 10 years old and weigh a minimum of 70 pounds up to a maximum of 250 pounds.
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/adult on the Canopy Tour experience.
Sonoma Canopy Tours is designed for participants in reasonably good health. There are some stairs to climb and each participant must be able to put their arms above their head to be able to slow themselves on the lines during the tour. That’s it!
Each participant must be able to follow your Guide’s simple directions, climb a 30 feet spiral staircase, and be willing to rappel down at the end of the tour – with your Guide’s help, of course. Even though ziplining doesn’t take much physical effort, we encourage you to consider your comfort level with heights and the number of ziplines on the tour – people with a serious fear of heights should not participate. In addition, ziplining is not for those with recent joint or bone injuries, heart conditions, or pregnant women.
You may not participate in the canopy tour is you are: Pregnant or think you may be pregnant; Under the influence or have consumed alcohol prior to the tour, used illegal drugs, or legal drugs the guide may consider will impair you in any way.
Any of the following medical conditions will not prohibit you from participating; however, we recommend you consult your physician prior to participation, share the medical conditions on the Participant Waiver, and discuss any concerns with your guide:
Heart disease or any other cardiac condition that may require immediate medical attention; Hemophilia; Take any blood thinning medications; Epilepsy; Asthma; Diabetes; Insulin dependent; Severe allergic reactions; Severe, recent, reoccurring or existing injuries.
If you feel like you have questions regarding you or someone within your group whose ability to participate in one of our courses due to a recent injury, disability, or visual impairment, we require that your canopy tour be booked in advance so that our staff can be prepared to accommodate you. Please notify us 48 hours prior to your booking so that we can discuss the details of your visit.
Our Classic Course contains seven zips which vary in length and speed, topping out at approximately 25 miles an hour. We utilize a hand braking system operated by the participant which requires active participation. The tour guide provides hand signals to the participant signaling when it is time to slow down when approaching the platform so that they arrive at a safe speed. If a participant with a vision or other impairment is on the tour, the tour guides will use their voice (amplified by a megaphone) and will tap on the line to signal when it is time to slow down. The visually impaired participant must follow voice commands and line tapping by the guides. On the Challenger Course, the guides operate the breaking system and there is little active participation involved for the participant. As a general rule for all adventurers, failure to demonstrate the ability to safely brake before the platform may lead to Sonoma Canopy Tours staff canceling the tour mid trip, at which point the participant will be lowered to the ground and returned to the main office.