New Historic Fairy Caves Tour
at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
The new Historic Fairy Caves 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 Caves were 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 Caves as a visitor would have viewed them over 100 years ago.
Sneak Peek: The Historic Fairy Caves at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Highlights of the tour include:
- 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.
Both cave tours last about 50 minutes and are appropriate for most fitness levels.
ABOUT THE CAVE TOURS
- 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.
- Since a portion of the Historical Fairy Caves Tour is outside, please be prepared for unpredictable Glenwood Springs Colorado weather.
- Please remember that food and liquids of any sort (water, formula, juice, etc.) are prohibited in the caverns. Make sure children are well-fed prior to entering the cave.
- An adult must accompany children under 12.
Small children should be carried in arms or in a front pack.
- Because occasional narrow passageways and our concern for the safety of our guests, backpacks and strollers are not allowed in the cave. Storage lockers are available for rent along the Caver's Corner walkway near the Upper Cave Entrance.
- Due to the elevation (7100') and slight exertion required, the tour is not recommended for persons who are pregnant or have heart or respiratory problems.
- Cameras are allowed inside the cave. Please be courteous of the other visitors in your tour group when taking pictures. Mono/tri-pods are not allowed inside the cave.
- The maximum number of guests allowed on the historical tour is 20. Maximum on King's Row Tour is 28
MORE CAVE TOUR INFORMATION
- "Before You Visit" planning guide, including applicable cave tour rules
- Confessions of a Glenwood Caverns Tour Guide: Kathy Miller
- Interview with Bob Koper, longtime Glenwood Caverns tour guide
- "History of Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves" in Glenwood Springs
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 guided tours, which vary in duration and degree of difficulty.
Walking Cave Tours (2) - appropriate for most people. The King's Row with 127 steps to climb is more strenuous than the Historic Fairy Caves Tour.
Wild Tour - a two-hour, on-your-belly extreme caving experience