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Historic Fairy Cave Tour

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Historic Fairy Cave Tour 2016-11-05T06:46:20+00:00

The Historic Fairy Cave Tour is a 40 minute guided walking tour and is appropriate for most fitness levels. This tour leads you on a quarter-mile-long underground stroll through hidden regions, some of which were only recently excavated.

Discovered in the 1950’s, these areas were not previously accessible except to a few hardy cavers willing to crawl and wiggle through them.

Two years in the making, close to 1000 tons of rocky debris were removed by hand with buckets and wheelbarrows to create this amazing cave tour. You’ll see highly-decorated rooms and even a section of underground canyon with fifty foot ceilings.

In 1897 the Fairy Cave was one of the first caves in the U.S. to have electric lighting installed. Today’s cave tour includes a historic lighting section called History Lane, which is illuminated with replica Edison and Marconi-style light bulbs. You will experience a portion of the Fairy Cave as a visitor would have viewed them over 100 years ago.

  • The Cloud Room with a subaqueous calcite ceiling
  • The Head Office, where deeply penetrating tree roots are visible
  • The Eternal Towers underground canyon
  • A trip through the Darrow Tunnel, which took three years to build, starting in 1897
  • Briefly exit the tunnel to visit Exclamation Point, with panoramic views of Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Canyon and the Colorado River
  • The Pendant Room with its bulbous formations, carved by air and water
  • History Lane historical lighting section, with lighting design based upon Glenwood Springs Historical Society archival photographs
  • A candle-lit side trip into the Back Passage Room
  • The magnificent Register Room with it’s brilliantly-rich saturated colors created by interaction with hot springs waters
  • The Reflection Room with formation-reflecting pools reflecting stalactites, stalagmites and soda straw formations
  • Views of Jam Crack Passage with rich colors, popcorn-covered stalactites, and beautiful flowstone
  • This is a walking tour designed for persons wearing regular street clothing and street shoes. As in our other cave tour, flip-flops are not recommended
  • The packed fine pea-gravel floors are generally level, though there is one very gradual short slope with a handrail
  • There is one short section containing two sets of 9 steps with a connecting level platform
  • Passageways between cave rooms average approximately 5 feet (1.5 meters) wide
  • There are three narrow sections (smallest = 25 inch or 63 centimeters, only at shoulder height) which take only a brief second to step through
  • There is one reduced headroom of 5.5 feet (1.7 meters) portion which is well-lit and requires briefly ducking your head underneath it
  • 80+ year old visitors with canes have walked this tour without difficulties
  • Our apologies, this cave tour is not wheelchair accessible.

What Our Guests Say

“We really enjoyed the park! The cave is one of a kind. Great formations. We will definitely come again!”
Sarah & Daniel ~ Palisade, Colorado
“Good length. Our guide was informative and answered questions well.”
Patrick & Marilyn ~ Boulder Colorado