Ziplining consists of sliding down a cable suspended by a pulley mounted on a slope that runs from one distant point to another. By employing the power of gravity, the relatively simple setup enables the tourist to be launched safely from the top point to the bottom by harnessing their bodies to a pulley that traverses an inclined cable connecting the two points.

Zipline tours consist of courses often located in mountainous landscapes usually with tall trees where several ziplines are scattered throughout essentially creating aerial bridges with a platform on each end for footing where the visitor will be launched around through. The actual altitude of each platform varies, some relatively close to the ground while others are located in the height of pretty tall treetops.

Zipline activities sometimes are a part of larger tour campaigns that can include hiking and climbing outdoors.