In its ninth season, Music on the Mountain is an outdoor music lover’s dream-come-true. It takes place at America’s only mountain-top theme park where an eclectic mix of bands, lots of dancing, spectacular Colorado views, plenty of good food and thrifty drink specials converge for 10 festive summer nights.
Cost of admission? Concerts are free with the donation of a canned good; beans and soups of all varieties and Spaghettios are popular choices. Not only is Music on the Mountain outstanding entertainment for visitors to Glenwood Springs and the locals who live here, the event helps stock the shelves of the Lift-Up community food pantry, a cause that helps individuals and families in need. At last count, Music on the Mountain attendees have donated a total of over 62,000 cans of food!
Getting here is easy too. Hop aboard the Iron Mountain Tramway or one of the Cavern’s new adventure vehicles for a ride from the valley floor to the top of Iron Mountain where the festivities take place. Because the concerts are quite popular, there can sometimes be a wait to get to the top of Iron Mountain. Our advice is to relax and make friends with your neighbors in line while the Glenwood Caverns staff handles the work of transporting people to and from the mountain-top.
Planning & timing. With the exception of Sunday concerts on June 11, and September 10, when the Park closes at 8 p.m., bands take the stage at 6 p.m. and entertain crowds until closing time at 10 p.m. During the concerts the park is fully operational with outdoor rides open until dusk; so go ahead and take a turn while you’re here. For the best value, we recommend purchasing the Funday Pass, just $38 with the free tram ride.
The lineup. The season starts out strong with the Summer Kick-off on Friday, May 26, featuring the Missing Link Band, and from there it doesn’t miss a beat. Consider planning your Glenwood Springs vacation to coincide with one or more Music on the Mountain concerts. The combo of music, festival atmosphere and mountain-top adventure is certain to be high point of your trip. See the complete Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park events calendar here.
Friday, May 26 — The Missing Link Band (blend of classic rock, dance, funk & groove tunes) all sponsors are showcased at this opening event
During the Summer Kick-off, Maciej Mrotek and partners will present two performances of the Dance of the Sacred Fire during the concert. The mesmerizing, high energy show features flame throwing and fire breathing!
Saturday, June 3 — Whiskey Stomp and the Logan Brothers (two popular local bands) sponsored by KSPN/Lift AMT
Saturday, June 10 — Bryan Savage (solo jazz saxophone and flute virtuoso) sponsored by the Hotel Glenwood Springs
Sunday, June 11 —Integrantes Del Norte (upbeat Latin music) sponsored by Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Enjoy a free tram ride after 2 p.m. with the donation of a can of food for the Lift-Up food pantry. The band plays from 4 to 8 p.m. for this special Sunday event.
Saturday, August 19 — Fifty50 (classic, modern and original rock) sponsored by Swire Coca-Cola
Saturday, August 26 — The Gerry Goodman Band (Stevie Ray Vaughan cover tunes, classic rock) sponsored by Young Services
Saturday, September 9 — Already Gone (American resort rock) sponsored by Community Banks of Colorado
Sunday, September 10 — Christian Music on the Mountain (The Orchard from Carbondale) sponsored by Glenwood TV
Enjoy a free tram ride after 2 p.m. with the donation of a can of food for the LiftUp food pantry. The band plays from 4 to 8 p.m. for this special Sunday event.
Saturday, September 16 — Poser (classic rock) sponsored by Bighorn Toyota
Saturday, September 23 — Emotional Rescue (Rolling Stones cover band) sponsored by Glenwood Insurance Agency