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Crystal Springs Resort Guided Activities at the Adventure Center

Come join us for a season of fun, excitement, and outdoor adventure!

MOUNTAINTOP HORSEBACK RIDING
Discover the most unique way to take in the breathtaking views of Crystal Springs Resort. Imagine being surrounded by the beautiful fall foliage while listening to the sounds of nature as you and your four-legged companion meander along the shaded trail of the Hamburg Mountain Wildlife Preserve. Relaxation has never been more fun. Perfect for riders of any skill level. Learn More

HIKE & KAYAK AT MOUNTAIN CREEK
Catch the shuttle to Mountain Creek, where your scenic adventure will begin aboard the gondola. As it carries you to the peak of Hamburg Mountain, you’ll experience a bird’s-eye view of unique geological formations, including multi-colored farmlands, pastures, lakes and natural mountains of the Great Appalachian Valley. Once you reach the top, you’ll be guided through the extensive network of trails that wind throughout the Resort, offering a wide variety of terrain for all abilities. At the conclusion of your hike, you’ll receive a short lesson on the basics of paddling and water safety, after which you can embark on your kayak journey around Mountain Creek Lake. Meet at the Adventure Center in Minerals Lobby.

HIKE AND CANOE AT MINERALS RESORT.
Let your imagination run wild as you explore scenic Hamburg Mountain. Discover our Resort’s unique history, geology and archeology with a tour through the Native American woodlands as you are guided to the top of the mountain on a 2 mile/800 ft. elevation gain. The hike along this network of paths and cliffs around Mountaintop Lake offers an unbelievable sight seeing opportunity, filled with a variety of birds, mammals, fish, and reptiles. At the conclusion of your hike, you’ll receive a short lesson on the basics of paddling and water safety, after which you will have free time to enjoy the lake and delight in the ancient art of canoeing. Meet at the Adventure Center in Minerals Lobby.

FAMILY BIKE AT PAULINSKILL TRAIL.
Hop aboard our Resort Adventure Bus for a scenic ride to the historic Paulinskill Rail Trail, once part of the New YorkSusquehanna and Western Railroad line, in nearby Lafayette, NJ. Coast through a diverse landscape that features rock outcroppings, farmlands, small towns, forests and wetlands. Bikes and helmets are included. Dress in layers. Backpack suggested. Children must be at least 8 years old. Meet at the Adventure Center in the Minerals Lobby.

FISHING AT THE MOUNTAINTOP.
This introduction to freshwater fishing includes a basic how-to of the sport, plus the basics on various fish bait, lure fishing and casting techniques. Our instructor will patiently walk you through everything from casting, to fly selection, and presentation to ensure you have the knowledge needed to become an independent angler. Meet at the Adventure Center in Minerals Lobby.

ARCHERY AT THE MOUNTAINTOP.
Let your adventurous side take over as you release your first arrow at the top of Hamburg Mountain. Our skilled guide will teach you how to safely mount and draw re-curve bows to release a set of arrows at a traditional short-distanced target. Afterwards, cool off with a dip in the lake, canoe ride, or enjoy a round of beach volleyball. Meet at the Adventure Center in Minerals Lobby.

SURVIVAL SCHOOL AT CRYSTAL SPRINGS RESORT.
Food, water and shelter…without these three basic ingredients, humans cannot survive more than a week. But you can! Welcome to CHIPs Survival School, your destination to become a fearless leader with the ability to exceed your own limits and most importantly … survive.

  • Learn to master the skills necessary to excel in stressful situations.

  • Learn the basics to secure ingredients needed to control your destiny.

  • Learn to find tools, use tactics, and natural resources provided within your vicinity.

  • Learn, firsthand, what the pros do to over- come, adapt, and thrive.

Let our experienced military trained staff guide you through a series of outdoor curriculum with hands-on exercise in:

  • Securing a water source

  • Natural and field first aid

  • Compass and land navigation

  • Starting a fire with wood

  • Foraging edible plants, nuts, fruits

  • Fishing/hunting/trapping

  • Camouflage and concealment

  • Leadership skills and exercises

Each student receives a complimentary continental breakfast at Minerals Hotel, REI survival kit, lunch and a CHIPs Survival School t-shirt. Meet at the Adventure Center in Minerals Lobby.

FISHING AT THE QUARRY.
Discover the beauty of the sparkling fresh-water quarry located right in the heart of Crystal Springs Resort. Stocked for fun to accommodate our “catch & release” activity, it’s a perfect way to relax and brush up on those baiting skills. Rods, bait and instruction provided.

NIGHT TIME NATURE CRITTER CRAWL.
Shed light on the dark and exciting world that emerges when the sun goes down. Join April Oleksy, a knowledgeable area resident, on this nighttime nature critter crawl along the protected Quarry Road wetlands, a fun way to discover the creatures of the night. Be prepared for the appearance of owls, bats and other elusive nocturnal critters. Bring a jacket, sturdy shoes, and of course, a flashlight. Meet at the Adventure Center in Minerals Lobby.

THE WALLABY TALES TRAVELING ZOO SHOW.
This zoo brings an amazing, comical and educational presentation where animals, education and fun collide!

ARCHERY AT THE QUARRY.
Located adjacent to the fresh-water quarry at Crystal Springs, our newly built archery range showcases the finest in guided archery. A unique rustic log construction sets this facility apart for fun and entertainment, and makes it an ideal place to take pictures and capture memories of your vacation. Bows, arrows, and instruction provided.

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