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Eighth Wonder: The Story of Glenwood Caverns
and the Historic Fairy Caves


A new book, "Eighth Wonder: The Story of Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves," offers readers a detailed chronicle of the history of Colorado's largest show cave.

From its formation millions of years ago by the combination of fresh water from the Colorado River and hot mineral water from the springs for which its hometown was named, to its discovery in 1895 by Charles Darrow and its subsequent development, the book includes beautiful images of cave formations, educational illustrations and rare historic photographs that date back to the early 1900s.

A timeline and a collection of then and now photos show the evolution of the tourist attraction and demonstrate that while much has changed, the beauty of the caves remains the same.

"Eighth Wonder" book cover image, authored by Richard Rhinehart, Mandy Gauldin, & Shiela Kendall, photos by Norm Thompson & Ken Headrick

MORE ABOUT THE BOOK

  • The complete history of Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves, once called the "Eighth Wonder of the World".
  • "Eighth Wonder" authored by Richard Rhinehart, Mandy Gauldin, & Shiela Kendall, photos by Norm Thompson & Ken Headrick
  • Splendid full-color photographs of stalactites, stalagmites, and underground curiosities along the visitor trail and in hidden off-trail chambers.
  • Rare historic photographs of the cave and visitors from 1900 through the 1990s.
  • "Then and now photographic images" show changes within the cave.
  • The geological story of the cave, created over millennia by hot springs water and the action of microbes.
  • Book size:  7" x 10" x 1/8",  64 pages
  • Publisher: The Donning Company Publishers, published 2012

BOOK PURCHASE INFORMATION:

  • "Eighth Wonder: The Story of Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves" is available for $9.95 at the General Store gift shop at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

"Eighth Wonder" book cover image, authored by Richard Rhinehart, Mandy Gauldin, & Shiela Kendall, photos by Norm Thompson & Ken Headrick

GLENWOOD CAVERNS & HISTORIC FAIRY CAVES


Experience a glimpse of the past as you travel into the pristine underground world of Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves. You'll discover some of nature's most amazing scenery that was millions of years in the making, hidden away deep inside Iron Mountain. Learn about the living caverns system that is home to thousands of formations, including stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, cave bacon, flowstone, and more! USA Today rated Glenwood Caverns "One of the Top 10 Places to Go Underground!"

Choose from our two guided tours, which vary in duration and degree of difficulty.

Cave Tour - a 70-minute walking tour appropriate for most people
Wild Tour - a two-hour, on-your-belly extreme caving experience

 
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