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This is the cliffhanger ride. You can see the views in the background are fairly impressive.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
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51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Hours vary by season, generally 10:00am-9:00pm, call prior to visiting
Best time to visit
Summer, Fall, Spring
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is an amusement park and natural cave facility with a distinctive location on a 7,000 foot mountain. The park operates year round, but late spring through late fall is the main season and when all the rides are open. This is a family friendly park in the sense that it has attractions for kids of all ages. There are enough slow rides and shows to keep younger kids entertained and enough thrill rides to keep older kids from getting bored. The main attractions are a gondola up the mountain, cave tours, and several fast rides. There are also concerts in summer and Christmas lights in winter.
The caves were discovered in the late 1800s and opened soon thereafter to the public. Access was difficult given the mountain location, so visitation was limited. The attraction shut down around World War I. After a long hiatus, the caves reopened to the public in 1999. Additional park rides and attractions such as the restaurant, gondola, large swing, and alpine coaster were added in 2003. More rides and facility upgrades have taken place in recent years.
The visit was in mid-September. The weather was pleasant, and crowds were few. The park is busier in the summer, but max wait times for more popular rides are rarely more than 10-15 minutes. There were no waits in September. For those with a taste for speed and thrills, paying for an all access pass to take the rides is money well spent. It had rained heavily the night before, so unfortunately the giant swing was closed. All other rides were open. The alpine coaster was great, very fast, and will really get your heart rate up. Fortunately no one stopped midcourse, but if someone had, it might have been hard to stop the coaster in time. The roller coaster also was a good choice for speed. A zip line ride was reasonably fun but not as exciting. A cliffhanger ride in which swings rotate around a central pivot is standard fare for most parks, good views but little glory. Kid-oriented rides included a small Ferris wheel and a dumb ride called Giddy Up that is supposed to duplicate a wagon? Not really sure, but it sucked. Also, a walk through maze seemed like a good choice initially but got old after 10 minutes of walking in circles. There are two 40 minute cave tours and a longer one that involves headlamps and crawling. King’s Row Cave was chosen because the formations looked interesting and because it was possible to leave the tour early. The tour guide was pleasant and informative. Cave temperature is a cool 58 degrees year round. The most impressive aspect was varied stalagmites and stalactites at the bottom of a 150 foot staircase. It's a tour that will appeal to most tastes. This park was fun, and views were great. While it does not merit a special trip, if you are around Glenwood Springs and looking for quality entertainment, it’s a solid choice.
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