Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Iron Mountain Hot Springs Welcome David Panter as CEO

Using his background in operational excellence, Panter will lead the businesses through some exciting upcoming developments, including the opening of the park’s new record-breaking roller coaster, Defiance.

Today, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Iron Mountain Hot Springs, popular destinations in Glenwood Springs, announced the appointment of David Panter as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Panter’s experience and knowledge of leading teams, operational excellence, and brand innovation will serve the parks as they prepare for a summer filled with the arrival of exciting new attractions, featuring Defiance, the highest elevation looping roller coaster in the United States. Panter’s leadership will facilitate the continued growth and evolution of both properties.

“I pride myself on building world-class teams and getting the most out of a company’s potential, and I am excited to build upon the solid foundation at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Iron Mountain Hot Springs,” said Panter. “These businesses are a staple in the community, and I am very thankful for the opportunity to partner with such an amazing team to help them grow.”

Panter brings a wealth of experience and knowledge including leading teams from companies such as Campbell’s Soup, Oakley, Estee Lauder and most recently as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Boulder-based Charlotte’s Web. With a BS in mechanical engineering, MS in industrial engineering, and an MBA, David has spent over 25 years in progressive operations roles within various industries including medical devices and pharmaceutical, food, retail products, and specialty brands. He excels at building world-class teams and optimizing a company’s potential from small privately-owned businesses up to the some of the largest publicly-traded companies in the world.

“We couldn’t be happier to have David on board,” said Steve Beckley, Owner/Operator. “David brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, and we trust him to build our teams and continue to make our guests smile. ”

Panter will work with and report to owners Steve and Jeanne Beckley. He will be responsible for creating and implementing plans and policies for both companies. He’ll oversee all day-to-day business activities across the two organizations including revenue, budget creation and management, marketing and sales, operations, food & beverage, retail, inventory management, finance, human resources, and internal systems and technology.

Giant Canyon Swing POV

Photo op from Exclamation Point

If you’re looking for the ultimate thrill, look no further! The Giant Canyon Swing is a one-of-a-kind cliffside amusement at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. The swing takes guests nearly vertical at the height of each swinging arc and hits a top speed of 50 mph delivering potent, tummy-tickling, negative G-forces, all perched at the edge of a cliff on top of a mountain. That cliff is 1,300 feet above the Colorado River.

Spring Break Staycation!

glenwood gondola

Staycations, holistays, nearcations…Whatever you call getaways close to home, their popularity continues as pent-up demand for long-delayed travel has people itching to escape the confines of home. Luckily, spring breakers in western Colorado have a unique destination with world-class attractions just a few miles away.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs has everything a family needs to build wonderful memories. The fun begins with a scenic ride on the Glenwood Gondola to the top of Iron Mountain to spend the day at the only mountain-top theme park in America.

Once there, they can enjoy two walking tours of Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Cave, which has been named one of the best cave tours in America by USA TODAY. The Alpine Coaster provide thrills and chills, while the 4D Motion Theater and Laser Tag Arena deliver laughs for the whole family.

glenwood gondola

Top it off with breathtaking, panoramic views, lunch at the Lookout Grille and shopping for souvenirs at the General Store and this staycation is one they’ll remember for years to come. Stay the night at one of the park’s lodging partners to get discounted admission!

Open daily beginning March 12! See our Park Calendar for hours.

Through March 7, the Funday Pass with Unlimited Alpine Coaster rides is $44/adult and $39/child 3-12. Starting March 8, prices are $47 and $42.

Behind the Scenes – Alpine Coaster

Alpine Coaster

See how it works with this great Behind the Scenes video of the Park favorite, Alpine Coaster! Everyday our maintenance team inspects and prepares the Coaster for fast turns and thrills down 3,400 feet of track. Stay tuned for more Behind the Scenes videos of all the thrilling rides at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

Fairy Cave Tour at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Fairy Cave Reflection Pool

Take a virtual tour of the Fairy Cave at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. This tour leads you on a quarter-mile-long underground stroll through narrow, winding passages, to natural water features and includes a stop at Exclamation Point—a viewing balcony with magnificent panoramas.

Named by C.W. Darrow who began giving tours in April 1896, the Fairy Caves was 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. On your tour, you will experience a portion of the Fairy Cave just as a visitor would have viewed it over 100 years ago.

Theme Park in Glenwood Springs, CO

Glenwood Springs Theme Park

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park tops the list of things-to-do in Glenwood Springs. As one of the town’s most popular year-round attractions, the mountain-top theme park is nestled in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Glenwood Caverns features a dizzying array of activities that will bring out the kid in everyone. Explore the caves below, exciting thrill rides, dining, children’s activities, special events, and so much more.

Winter Alpine Coaster POV

Winter Alpine Coaster POV

Watch the Winter Alpine Coaster POV and get a sense of what it’s like to race down 3,400 feet of track down the mountain side. USA Today and Park World Magazine named the Alpine Coaster one of the 10 Best Roller Coaster Rides of Your Life. 

 When you’re riding the Alpine Coaster, you control your own speed and it enjoy the ride at your own pace! The Alpine Coaster is open year-round making it an all season thrill. 

An Intimate Glenwood Springs Wedding Venue

Weddings at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, you will find an intimate Glenwood Springs wedding venue. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers a one-of-a-kind mountain-top setting for a unique wedding experience. Accessible by scenic gondola ride, with incredible views of the Roaring Fork Valley, Mt. Sopris and Colorado River.

Gondola Giving

Gondola Giving

Glenwood Caverns invites you to GIVE at the base of the Glenwood Gondola for our community-minded event, Gondola Giving. Beginning at 2 p.m.,  we will be continuing the tradition of collecting food donations for Thanksgiving meals to community members in need. Guests who bring in non-perishable food items will receive one free gondola admission ticket for our Winter on the Mountain Kick-Off event beginning at 5 p.m., or you can donate grocery gift cards of $20 or more for 4 gondola admission tickets to be used at the event and be entered to win great prizes! Prizes included Annual Thrill Passes and soak passes to Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Donations can be dropped off at the Bighorn Toyota truck parked at the gondola base, then pick up your free gondola passes at the cashier window. The free passes are valid Nov. 23, 2019, only.

During Gondola Giving, local radio broadcaster, Jim Williams will be riding the Glenwood Gondola from 2-4 p.m., broadcasting live to keep the giving going. With special interviews from Glenwood Caverns Employees and later, Santa will give a special interview before making his debut appearance. A special thanks to Bighorn Toyota for collecting cans in a beautiful Toyota truck to later be sent to local food pantry Lift-UP.

See you at the Glenwood Gondola base for Gondola Giving and the Winter on the Mountain Kick-Off!