FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is located just off I-70 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, midway between Aspen and Vail, approximately 160 miles west of Denver and 90 miles east of Grand Junction.

To reach the Park, at Glenwood Springs take exit 116 off of I-70, and turn north toward stop light, moving into left-turn lane. Turn left at the stop light, travel a short distance along the hotels, watching for the overhead tram, and watching on the left-hand side of the road for our sign.

Turn left on Devereux, and take the next right into our parking area access road. The ticket office for the Park is at the Tram Base.
Discounts are available for AAA, Military and Seniors 65+, and Groups.
- AAA members receive 10% off the tram.
- Military and Seniors receive 10% anything purchased at the park.
- Group discounts are available to groups of 20 or more.
Be sure to tell the cashier prior to purchasing to receive these discounts. Please call (970)945-4228 ext. 0 for more information.
Yes. Some of our rides and tours have age and height limitations in order to ensure the safety of our guests. There are also some activities in which expectant mothers or persons who have heart or respiratory problems should not participate.

Attraction
Restriction
Alpine Coaster*
– You must be at least 8 years old and 56" tall to ride the Alpine Coaster alone.
– Riders minimum 38 inches tall and 3 years or more in age can ride in the same car with an adult (minimum age 16 yrs).
– You must be at least 16 years old to carry a passenger.
– For children unable to ride alone, riding with full-priced adult, the child's cost is 1 ticket ($4).
– Maximum combined weight 350 lbs.
Cliffhanger Roller Coaster*
– You must be at least 56" tall to ride the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster alone.
– Riders must be at least 48" tall to ride with an adult (adult minimum age is 16 yrs).
Climbing Wall*
Min 45 lbs, Max 250 lbs
Giant Canyon Swing *
– Must be 48 inches.
– Maximum combined weight 800 lbs
Giddy Up*
36" minimum height. Max combined weight 750 lbs
Laser Tag*
– Recommended 5 years and older. (Due to size of the vest and the young kids dropping the laser guns.)
– There is a charge for each vest that goes out.
Maze*
– Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
– Adult is free with child under 5.
Mine Wheel*
– Under 51 inches tall must ride with adult.
– Minimum 51" height to ride alone.
4D Motion Theater*
– Rider must be able to sit in a motion seat by themselves or sit in the non-motion seats. – Child may sit in lap of adult in a non-motion seat.
– Not recommended for children under 3 years old.
– Children under 3 yrs are free if sitting in lap in non-motion seat.
Soaring Eagle Zip Ride*
Minimum 42" tall.Combined weight: min 100 lbs, max 450 lbs)
Wild West Express coaster*
– Suitable for all ages.
– 48" minimum height to ride alone.
– 36" minimum height to ride with adult.
Cave Tour
– An adult must accompany children under 12.
– Tour is not recommended for persons who are pregnant or have heart or respiratory problems
– Lower section of cave tour includes 127 steps.
Wild Tour***
– Ages 10 - 17: must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older.
– Not recommended if you are claustrophobic, are pregnant, or have heart or respiratory problems.
* A Release of Liability Waiver must be signed prior to riding or participating in the Bungee Jump, Alpine Coaster, Cliffhanger Coaster, Giant Canyon Swing, Climbing Wall, Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, Wild West Adventure Wagon, Maze, Laser Tag, Sluice Box, Mine Wheel ride, Giddy Up, Speleobox Cave Simulator, Wild West Express coaster and 4D Motion Theater. To save yourself time, please download, print and bring this waiver with you. One waiver per person is required. Riders younger than 18 must have a parent's or guardian's signature on the waiver.

*** Anyone younger than 18 years of age must have a parent's or guardian's consent and signature on a Wild Tour Liability Waiver to participate.

Q. How should I dress for the walking cave tour?
A. If you're going on a cave tour you will want comfortable walking shoes. You may also want a long-sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, or sweater because it's 52 degrees in the cave. Some people seem fine in a T-shirt, but this may be due to physique and metabolism.

Q. Can I take pictures and video in the cave?
A. Yes you can. However, in order to protect the caves no tripods are allowed.

Q. Can my infant go on the cave tour?
A. Yes, we even offer front packs up top you can borrow to carry them. Back carriers are not allowed. If you are worried the infant will disrupt the tour, stay toward the back and if they continue to be a nuisance ask your guide if you may leave early.

Q. Can I take my food, water, and backpack in the cave?
A. No, these items are not allowed. There are places in the cave where a backpack will scrape against the cave and damage formations. These restrictions are for the protection of the cave. Storage lockers are available near the start of the cave tour where you can store your items for a quarter.
Current Weather Conditions: click here
Average Monthly Temperatures (courtesy of weather.com)

 
High
Low
January
36°
13°
February
44°
19°
March
53°
26°
April
63°
31°
May
72°
39°
June
84°
45°
July
89°
52°
August
87°
51°
September
79°
43°
October
66°
33°
November
49°
23°
December
37°
15°

Some rides and attractions are seasonal. Rides may be closed at any time due to weather or maintenance. We maintain a ride status list on the Hours & Tickets web page, but for the most up-to-date information please check with Tram Base personnel before purchasing tickets and passes.

more Frequently Asked Questions:
Yes, children can enjoy many of the Park's activities; children-oriented activities are listed below. For more details on the various Park rides and activities, seasonal closures, etc. please refer to our Attractions web page and our Thrill Rides web page.

  • Alpine Coaster - riding alone or with an adult in an individual car, you'll be cruising down an alpine slope surrounded by Colorado’s gorgeous scenery
    You must be 8 years old & taller than 56" to ride the Coaster alone.
    Children must be at least 3 years of age and 38 inches tall to ride with an adult 16 years of age or older. Your child's cost is 1 ticket ($3). Max combined weight 350 lbs

  • Conestoga Wagon - Simulated wagon experience with sights, sounds and feel of the Old West.   Suitable for all ages. Under 3 is free.
  • Discovery Rock - gem stone sluice box mining and a sand pit fossil dig
  • Climbing Wall - a 32' climbing wall with five routes of varying difficulty
    Minimum weight 45 lbs
  • FortWhereAmI Maze - Kids love finding their way through the labyrinth of twists and turns in this fort-style maze. Compete against the clock and each other for fun and prizes.   Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Giddy Up - Lifts up to seven riders into the air, and then lowers them back down to the ground in a bouncing motion that creates a negative G-force, providing a thrilling ride every time   3" Minimum height. (Maximum combined weight 750 lbs)
  • Iron Mountain Tramway - gondola ride with incredible mountain views
  • Laser Tag - old West shoot-out using the latest in wireless laser technology
    Recommended 5 years and older. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Mine Shaft Shootin' Gallery - an electronic shooting gallery with animated, Western-themed targets that test each shooter's skills and concentration
  • Mine Wheel - This Ferris-wheel-style ride carries you 'round and 'round, with views of the Adventure Park and the Roaring Fork Valley below
    Minimum 51" height to ride alone, Minimum 36" height to ride with adult
  • Wild West Express family coaster - Zip around the track through bumps and kid-friendly curves.
    48" min height to ride alone 36" min height to ride with adult
  • 4D Motion Theater - Enjoy the first 4D theater in Colorado - with moving seats, surround sound, and special effects that make you feel like you're inside the movie!
    Riders must be able to sit in a seat by themselves; Not recommended under 3 yrs; Small children may sit in lap of adult in non-motion seats
  • Cave Tour - a 70-minute guided walking tour of Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves (Strollers and backpacks are not allowed inside the caves. Small children should be carried in arms or in a front pack.)
    For more info on our Cave Tours visit our Cave Tour Web Page
Yes. The Lookout Grille serves wine and beer. The Iron Mountain Saloon serves beer and margaritas during the summer months. You must be at least 21 years of age, with valid identification, to purchase an alcoholic beverage.
The Park is located on top of Iron Mountain at an elevation of 7,100 feet in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Because our weather can be unpredictable, it's a good idea to check the local weather forecast. The caverns stay a cool 52 degrees year round. To maximize your enjoyment, please bring a light jacket or sweater and wear comfortable walking shoes.
We accept: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, cash or traveler's checks. Payment is due upon arrival. Sorry, we do not accept personal checks.
We're committed to protecting our beautiful mountain landscape and priceless natural wonders:
  • Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves is protected by two airtight doors forming an airlock, as well as temperature and humidity monitors.
  • When building the Iron Mountain Tramway, the towers were brought in by helicopter so that no trees were removed from the mountainside during construction.

Charles W. Darrow, a pioneering Glenwood Springs attorney, opened the Fairy Caves to the public in 1895. History does not record why he chose the name Fairy Caves, but historians have speculated that it was because fish-tail-like helictites found within the cave may have reminded Darrow of the wings of fairies.

Victorians frequently discussed the possibility of the existence of fairies, and perhaps Darrow and his family were familiar with the popular works of Andrew Lang, a Scottish scholar who published an extensive best-selling book series of fairy tales for children in the late 1800s.

Fairies have always symbolized good luck and happiness. Nineteenth-century tourists, as well as today's visitors, share a desire for good luck and happiness. Another theory of the origin of the name Fairy Caves is that one of Darrow's daughters felt that the light from her lantern reflecting off the droplets of water in the cave looked like fairies dancing around the caves.

No matter what the real reason for the name Fairy Caves, the caves were magical and had an emotional appeal for the early Colorado pioneers. Both children and adults enjoy the fantasy of glittering fairies dancing around within the cave to bring good luck and happiness to all.

Glenwood Springs offers an incredible range of activities year-round, including the world's largest hot springs pool; world-class white water rafting, kayaking, and fishing; golfing; scenic hiking and biking trails; spas; shopping; dining; downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing; horseback riding; hunting; wildlife viewing; festivals; free music concerts; and more. Click here for our trip planner, or call the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association at 970-945-6589 for more information.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado is located just off I-70, exit 116, and is close to several airports. Eagle County Airport is 30 miles east of town; the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is 40 miles to the south; and Walker Field in Grand Junction is 90 miles to the west. Amtrak's California Zephyr has year-round, daily arrivals in Glenwood Springs from points east and west.
Yes, discounts are available to groups of 20 or more. Please call (970) 945-4228, or (800) 530-1635, ext. 111, or send us an email at info@glenwoodcaverns.com for more information.
The Iron Mountain Tramway and Adventure Park, including the Adventure Park Gift Shop and the Lookout Grille, are wheel chair accessible. Because of the stairs and walkways that allow for safe foot travel through the cave's natural terrain, we're unable to allow wheel chairs or strollers into the caverns. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but are bound by Mother Nature's creation and the safety of our valued guests.
For your safety, the tram and attractions will close when severe weather conditions exist, such as high winds, lightning and heavy rain. They will re-open as soon as conditions are favorable.

In the event of a tram closure, transportation will be provided using buses. Please check in at the tram base or upper tram to obtain a bus pass.

Rain checks will be issued in the event that ALL of the following rides are closed for more than 60 continuous minutes due to weather: Alpine Coaster, Cliffhanger Coaster, Zip Ride, Giant Canyon Swing and Glenwood Canyon Flyer. Please visit Guest Services to receive your rain check.

Keep in mind that storms come and go quickly and your best option may be to wait out the storm!
Parking is available at the Iron Mountain Tramway Station. To minimize parking congestion, we encourage guests to experience Glenwood Springs by walking, biking or taking the bus to the Park.
No, we do not allow pets on the Iron Mountain Tramway or inside the Park.
Ride Glenwood offers free transportation seven days a week. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority also serves Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley. Visit www.rfta.com for schedules and routes.
Yes. You are not allowed to bring radios, cassette recorders, sleeping bags, luggage, bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, alcohol, or coolers into the Park.

Yes. Our Annual Thrill Pass provides unlimited access to most of the park’s attractions for a full year. Annual passholders also receive discounts on all attractions, as well as in the gift shop and restaurants.
Annual Tram Pass holders enjoy unlimited rides on the Iron Mountain Tramway for a whole year, plus discounts.
Read more about our pass options and prices.

Yes. Your tram or cave tour ticket must be applied on the same day of visit by the ticket holder. This can be completed at the Gift Shop before you leave the Park for the day. This does not apply to the purchase of a Day Pass.
Smoking is allowed only in the designated smoking area located outside in the plaza area. Smoking or the use of any tobacco products is prohibited in the gondola cars, inside the Visitor's Center, including the restaurant and gift shop, and the inside the cave.
Please plan to spend at least a half day to enjoy the Park. If you're taking a Wild Tour, plan to spend the whole day so that you'll have time to enjoy the Park's other attractions as well.
The Park is open year-round. Summer is our busiest season, and there's always something fun going on. If you'd like to avoid the crowds, visit during the other three seasons, but please keep in mind that some of our attractions are seasonal.
July 12, 2010 – Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves are not included in plans to possibly close some U.S. Forest Service (U.S.F.S.) caves in Colorado. The potential closures are due to presence of a fungus that is affecting the bat population in some caves and abandoned mines. Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves has very little, if any, bat population.