The Journey and the Destination

Ride the Iron Mountain Tramway for the best views in Glenwood Springs.

For a scenic and relaxing getaway to the top of Iron Mountain and a casual meal at The Lookout Grille, half the fun is getting there.

Your ride in a safe, comfortable, fully-enclosed gondola on the Iron Mountain Tramway begins at 6,000 feet and gently lifts you to 7,100 feet on the trip that is 4,300 feet long. The tram is a modern European pulse design by Leitner-Poma of America, with slowdowns on the way as other visitors enter and exit at the ends.

High above the trees, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of Storm King Mountain, Lookout Mountain, Mount Sopris and the Elk Range in the distance, Red Mountain, the Flattops Wilderness, the Colorado River, an active limestone quarry and Glenwood Springs.

Adding to the ambiance, from November through February, during Winter on the Mountain, the Park is adorned with over a half million lights. Rides and attractions, outdoor fire pits, a warming tent decorated as the North Pole and events like FAC with live music and food and drink specials offer visitors lots of options for things to do at the mountain-top theme park.

No matter when you visit, you can take in the spectacular views and recharge your batteries with a meal at the family-friendly Lookout Grille restaurant, with burgers, sandwiches, wraps, vegetarian options, a kids’ menu and beverage choices including beer and wine.

You’ll descend via the tram with another pleasant ride and go home with treasured memories to recall for years from the excursion of just a few hours.

Dare to Drop on the Haunted Mine Drop

Haunted Mine Drop

The world’s only drop ride to go underground is located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, at America’s only mountain-top theme park. Will you dare to drop on the Haunted Mine Drop? One of USA TODAY’s most-anticipated theme park rides of 2017, it’s also in the running for the 10 Best New Amusement Park attractions.

USA Today included the Haunted Mine Drop in its list of the 12 Most Anticipated Thrill Rides of 2017, alongside attractions from Disney, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is the only park in Colorado and the only family-owned park on the list. You can see what owner Steve Beckley has to say about the ride in this story and interview from the Post Independent, as well as general manager Nancy Heard having some fun with reporter Kevin Torres on this Unique 2 Colorado story.

USA Today included the Haunted Mine Drop in its list of the 12 Most Anticipated Thrill Rides of 2017, alongside attractions from Disney, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is the only park in Colorado and the only family-owned park on the list. You can see what owner Steve Beckley has to say about the ride in this story and interview from the Post Independent, as well as general manager Nancy Heard having some fun with reporter Kevin Torres on this Unique 2 Colorado story.

Join in the Holiday Cheer with Extended Holiday Hours

Are you having family and friends in town for the holidays? Show them a good time with great views at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park where Winter on the Mountain is in full swing, every week there’s Friday Afternoon Club, and with our Funday Pass they’ll have unlimited access to rides and attractions!

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Holiday Hours

  • Fridays & Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sundays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Christmas Day: Closed
  • Christmas Break (Dec. 26 – Jan 6): 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • New Year’s Day: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 14: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Winter on the Mountain

Winter is magical at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. From mid-November through late February, we light the Park with a half million lights — that’s 35 miles of light strands on the buildings and attractions! The plaza is a focal point, with fire pits for roasting s’mores, a giant Christmas tree with a light show, a warming tent decorated as the North Pole, and during the holidays Santa and carolers add to the holiday spirit. The Alpine Coaster is lighted for nighttime rides, and the Haunted Mine Drop4D Motion Theater and laser tag arena are open as well.

 FAC

Every Friday through Feb. 16, the Lookout Grille hosts Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) from 5 – 8:30 weekly, with live music, food and drink specials, and free tram rides after 4 p.m. with a coupon clipped or downloaded from that Friday’s Glenwood Post Independent. A single coupon is valid for up to four people.

Winter Funday Pass

Want to ride one of the top theme park rides in the country? The Haunted Mine Drop is open all winter, along with the Alpine Coaster, 4D Motion Theater and laser tag. To enjoy them all over and over, choose the Winter Funday Pass for the best value. It includes the tram, unlimited turns on the rides and attractions, including two guided cave tours for just $42 per adult and $37 per child, ages 3 to 12. A round-trip ride on the Iron Mountain Tramway is $16 per adult and $11 per child. You can purchase tickets online, at the tram base, or you can upgrade your tram pass to a Funday Pass at the General Store at the top.

Let your holiday spirit soar at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, America’s only mountain-top theme park!

Food for Play

From snacks to healthy food options, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park serves up delicious treats and meals that satisfy.

For many visitors to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, the theme park experience isn’t complete without the smell, stickiness and flavor of cotton candy and funnel cakes. For many other visitors, healthy food is essential for a happy visit.

Bob Stepniewski, the Park’s food and beverage manager, caters to both tastes. “It’s a fine balance,” Bob says. “People don’t come up here specifically to dine. They eat because it’s a convenience and they need to have some lunch.”

Three years ago, customer demand drove him to buy a Tiffany-style popcorn wagon and offer popcorn, cotton candy, and funnel cakes. “That’s what people want,” he says. “It’s the smell you think of when you come to the amusement park. I’m open to other options.”

The latest menu change added “grab and go” items, such as chicken salad wraps and a hummus-and-pretzel kit that make a quick snack without a long wait. “We’re offering something that’s healthier,” Bob says. “We do specials on a daily basis over and above our regular menu.”

The menu includes yogurt parfaits with fresh fruit and granola; seasonal salad options such as fresh berries, dried cranberries, feta cheese, walnuts and mandarin oranges; and gluten-free buns and brownies.

“When we make homemade soups here, we’re very in tune with being gluten free so people can be confident that they can have that,” Bob says. Several years ago, he created a book of ingredients for each dish so diners can check for themselves.

Bob, who started out in the hospitality industry as a teenager growing up in Wisconsin and worked in a hotel when he moved to Colorado at age 25, sold ski vacations for 15 years until he returned to the kitchen seven years ago at Glenwood Caverns. His right hand in the kitchen at the Lookout Grille, Mark Lambert, recently graduated from the Escoffier Online International Culinary Academy.

“I have been in the hospitality industry nearly all my life,” Bob says. “Ten or 15 years ago, people weren’t as health conscious as they are now. We are sensitive and empathetic to our guests. It’s a fun environment. Every day, I’m just thrilled to be a part of it.”