Palo Duro Adventure Park to introduce rappel site

Each staff member of the Palo Duro Adventure Park & Zip Line was required to become a certified instructor for the new rappel site.

Instead of making your way across the Canyon, visitors of the Palo Duro Adventure Park & Zip Line can rappel down it.

"The idea is to get people outdoors," General Manager Mel Smith said. "This is reality right here."

The park has now been certified by the Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA) to have visitors rappel from a cliff, 140 feet to the canyon floor.

"Just for the general public to come out and say, 'I'm going to learn how to rappel,' it's very unusual, very rare and doesn't happen in very many parts of the country."

Smith said the PCIA required each staff member to become a certified instructor. He said the addition of the rappel site is for the adventure, though a lot of learning is done.

"It's also a skill, because there's a lot that goes into it with the ropes, and with the positioning of your feet," Smith said. "So for someone who has never done this we're going to teach them how to do it."

PCIA members also visited the park to certify the site.

"The site verification is what's required for us to do this," Smith said. "They had to make sure that there's access to return to the top of the canyon as well."

Visitors can now make reservations online.