This post is a part of a series on our blog called “Wolfe Creek Wednesday”. Each Wednesday, we’ll be posting a fun fact, story, or a newsworthy piece of information about Wolfe Creek Preserve that we think you’ll find interesting! Although we’re best known for our world-class zipline course, our beautiful facility is also home to an array of indoor and outdoor activities, rich history, and a natural setting that we take great care to protect. We’re excited to have you join us each Wednesday so we can share more about our mission to make Wolfe Creek Preserve a place where people of all ages can have fun adventures and make lasting memories with loved ones!
Pinzgauers on the Preserve
Think that ziplining at Wolfe Creek Preserve is the most exciting ride you’ll experience when you visit us? You might be surprised by how much you’ll love the ride to the top of Wolfe Mountain in one of our rugged six-wheeled off-road Pinzgauer Swiss Military Troop Carriers. Whether you’re ziplining or embarking on a relaxing hike through nature, one of our certified drivers will drive you to your take off point in a vehicle as outdoorsy as we are!
The original prototype for the Pinzgauer vehicle was created in 1969 and after perfecting the vehicle, production began in 1971. Militaries in countries across the world saw the potential in such a durable vehicle that could carry many passengers, so places such as Switzerland, Thailand, and Austria began using Pinzgauers to carry soldiers and army supplies. Pinzgauer vehicles can carry up to 2 tons, seat troops of soliders, and can climb 45 degree inclines. When we heard these statistics, we knew that these Pinzgauer vehicles would be perfect for safely transporting guests and guides to the top of Wolfe Creek Mountain to begin tours!
Rather than tiring guides and guests out by making them walk to the top of the mountain, we love the convenience and fun that the Pinzgauer vehicles bring to each tour. Guests and guides alike love winding up the mountain in such a rugged vehicle, looking out the open air windows of the vehicle at the abundance of trees whizzing past, catching glimpses of fellow zipliners soaring through the skies, and climbing higher into the Ozark skyline. Though the drive to the top of the mountain only lasts a few minutes, our Pinzgauer vehicles make the ride exciting and fun because you have the opportunity to ride in a vehicle that outdoor-enthusiasts and car-fanatics dream about! Also, you’ll be sharing the backseat with thirteen of your friends or fellow zipliners so it’s a chance to warm up for the zipline or hiking adventure that you’ll begin once you reach the top of the mountain!
All in all, the Pinzgauer ride to the top of Wolfe Mountain is an authentic adventure just like everything else at Wolfe Creek Preserve; full of fun, outdoors, and excitement! Whether you choose to zipline on our world-renowned zipline course, take a hike down Wolfe Mountain, mine for gemstones at our Ol’ Blue Mining Station, host a truly memorable party at the Prospector Pavilion, or simply kick your feet up and relax on one of our rustic but expansive observation decks, you’ll cherish the time that you get to spend with family and friends while at Wolfe Creek Preserve. We love providing unique, authentic experiences for family, friends, co-workers, teammates, and more, and our Pinzgauer vehicles are only one aspect of the incredible opportunities we offer for outdoor adventure at Wolfe Creek Preserve. Make sure that you experience a ride in one of these rugged vehicles by coming out to visit us this year! If you’re interested in booking a tour for your family and friends to come along with you and reserving one of our beautiful pavilions to spend time at after your tour, be sure you call Wes at (800) 717-0998 so that he can help you plan a customized adventure for your loved ones.