Not a Thrill Seeker? A Dozen Things to Do Instead

Theme parks like Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park tend to attract people who like the adrenaline rush of a scary ride. Not everyone is a thrill seeker, however. Here are 12 things to do if you’d rather not swing out over a 1,300-foot cliff.

  • Ride the Gondola. Getting to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is part of the fun. The Glenwood Gondola will whisk you up and away to the mountaintop theme park, but don’t worry; the ride is smooth and quick with amazing views of Glenwood Springs.
  • The Alpine Coaster. Before you say, no way, consider that this thrill ride allows you to control your speed. Let the throttle out all the way for maximum acceleration, or pull back for a speed you’re comfortable with. Either way, having the wind whip through your hair as your ride down the mountain is pure joy.
  • The Mine Wheel. This ride is not just for kids. Whatever your age, climb aboard this old-fashioned Ferris-style family ride updated with a mining theme. You’ll go round slowly, and as you reach the pinnacle, you’ll catch sight of the beautiful park and mountain scenery.
  • Laser Tag. Have fun ducking for cover and taking aim at friends and family. This lively game is a hoot. Be warned, however, kids are especially good it.
  • Meander through the General Store for all sorts of fun gifts, snacks and souvenirs. From sacks of colored stones to slingshots, homemade fudge to home décor, and tee-shirts to toys, you’ll find lots of eye candy to enjoy or to take home.
  • Check out the view. The Adventure Park has a couple of viewing decks. Climb the stairs at the Visitor’s Center for spectacular views of Glenwood Springs, the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers and Mt. Sopris in the distance. Another viewing deck is located near the Giant Canyon Swing. Even if you don’t ride, you can watch others as they swing out over Glenwood Canyon which can be thrill enough.
  • Cave tours. Two caves tours, the Historic Fairy Caves and King’s Row are not to be missed. Both offer different perspectives on the amazing underground world. See thriving cave formations that include stalactites and stalagmites, cave bacon, popcorn, soda straws and flowstone.
    • Catch a show. Glenwood Caverns offers a lineup of live entertainment almost all year long, whether it’s Friday Afternoon Club and Two for Tuesdays during the summer, Music on the Mountain which goes into September, Octoberfest in the fall, Winter on the Mountain during the holiday season, or special artist engagements. To see who’s playing, check out our always updated events calendar.
    • 4-D Theater. These 15-minute shows will put a smile on your face. The theater is equipped with moving seats, surround sound, and special effects that make you feel like you’re actually inside the movie!
    • Grab a bite. Sit for a spell and savor something delicious. The Lookout Grille serves a variety of meals as well as adult beverages. For a grab-and-go pick-me-up, stop by the Snack Shack or Popcorn Wagon.
    • Strike a pose. Smile for the camera—your or ours. Take fun snaps in the Giant Mountain Chair at the Visitors Center. You can also bring home souvenir photos taken on the Fairy Caves tour, Alpine Coaster and other rides or dress up in western style for a full-on photoshoot at Silk’s Saloon Old Tyme Photos.
    • Pan for gemstones. Purchase a bag of dirt from the General Store and try your luck at finding an unexpected “gem” at our sluice channel. As you do so, imagine what it must have been like for prospectors who spent their days panning Colorado mountain streams in hopes of flushing out tiny flecks of precious metal.

Not a thrill seeker? Not a problem. Have all the fun without the faintness of heart. Learn more and plan a visit to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park today.

Share Your Mountain-Top Adventure with our #BigMtnChair Photo Contest!

If you’ve visited Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, you’ve more than likely snapped a picture of our iconic Big Mountain Chair. Here’s the good news, you have four chances to win another mountain-top adventure with your photos! The #BigMtnChair photo contest will give you four chances to win another memorable day at Glenwood Caverns.

Here’s what you need to know:

To enter, show us your favorite photos taken at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on the #BigMtnChair, tag us in the comments and include the hashtag #BigMtnChair. Share them in a comment on our Facebook page or Instagram with the #BigMtnChair tag between May 6 and May 27, 2019. It’s that easy!

e’ll select one winner each week who will win two Funday tickets, a $116 value, to spend a thrilling day here. On June 3, we’ll announce one grand prize winner. That person will win two Annual Thrill Passes and two of our Glenwood Caverns jackets, a package valued at $360!

How will we select the winners? We’ll look for those that best reflect our mountain-top theme park message, those that make us smile and those with the most likes, retweets and shares.

To enter on…
  • Facebook, please post the photo on in a comment on one of the weekly posts about the #BigMtnChair contest on our page and include #BigMtnChair in your comment;
  • Instagram, tag us at @glenwoodcaverns and include #BigMtnChair in your comment.

Then, ask your friends to like your entries.

The #BigMtnChair contest starts Monday, May 6, 2019. Weekly winners will be announced on May 10, May 17 and May 24. The grand prize winner will be announced on June 3, 2019. Sometimes, our team will choose the weekly winners and sometimes we’ll ask for votes.

The Fine Print:
  • The photo must belong to you.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must have permission to use the image of anyone in the photograph.
  • Photos must be family-friendly.
  • Watermarked photos are acceptable, and you may use filters to enhance the image.
  • Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has the right to reuse photo entries with credit to the photographer. We may ask your permission to use it in our advertising as well.
  • You may enter as often as you’d like.
  • Winners are selected at the sole discretion of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

Now, let’s see those photos!