Cave History

Our History

The Historic Fairy Caves, an attraction within Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, was a thriving tourist destination in the 1890s, thanks to Charles W. Darrow, a pioneering Glenwood Springs attorney. Darrow and his family homesteaded the top of Iron Mountain, including the cave entrance. Today, you can tour Historic Fairy Caves as a part of the Cave Tour.

Darrow opened Fairy Caves to visitors in 1895. At that time the known extent of the cave was about 800 feet. Today Glenwood Caverns, including the Historic Fairy Caves, has more than 16,000 known feet. When the Fairy Caves opened to the public, visitors could get to the caves by walking up a trail, by riding a horse or burro, or by being transported in style in a horse-drawn carriage. Today, you travel to the Historic Fairy Caves in a gondola on the Iron Mountain Tramway.

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Reservations are required for Wild Cave Tours. This tour is not included in the Funday Pass. Call 970-945-4228 or 1-800-530-1635, ext. 0 Learn more about Cave Science and History >

The most highly decorated cave room in Colorado!

40 min guided walking tour suitable for most fitness levels.

For those seeking an authentic cave adventure.

Learn more about the rich history of our caves!

  • It was definitely fun we went on a day of October fest! I would recommend wear something cozy gets cold up there especially on rides… read more

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    Maria_Sunshine
    10/18/2020

    5 star ratingView was amazing and lots of fun for the kids, Long wait for the tram ride down the mountain

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    Michelle N.
    10/18/2020

    A very good experience & adventure!!Must try rides: Mine Drop, canyon swing, alpine coaster, cave toursNot worth – eagle zip line, 4D theatre

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    Shruti Shah
    10/18/2020
  • Don’t like the tram but when we got to the top it was nice.

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    Mari Rivas
    10/18/2020

    5 star ratingGreat family time Loved pretty much everything. Rides were fantastic. Staff was great, place was clean and all in all a great time. Awesome cave… read more

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    Jeremy C
    10/17/2020

    5 star ratingMake sure you spend time here! We visited the Caverns on a recent trip to Colorado and had one of our best days at the Adventure Park! We were a… read more

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    juliejH4295WR
    10/16/2020
  • Had a wonderful time here. I am pregnant so I really couldn’t ride anything except the gondola. The cave tours are really cool. In all… read more

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    Glendarika Garcia
    10/16/2020

    Fun even in a pandemic. Take a gondola to the top of a mountainside. Grab a pound of fries and a souvenir cup of Sprite… read more

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    R Cusick
    10/15/2020

    Very pricy but, worth it. Had a great time.

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    Patrick Duffy
    10/14/2020
  • The mine drop was amazing. I have never been to a ride that doesn’t give time to think and get the adrenaline rush. The drop… read more

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    Karthik Ravi
    10/12/2020

    I had a blast! The extreme rides are some of the best in the country! and the caves are amazing

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    mike hall
    10/12/2020

    Fun stuff!

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    harry layton
    10/12/2020
  • 5 star ratingDon’t Miss this gem! Our favorite part of this unique little mountain amusement park was the cave tours. In particular- a big shout out to Cole, who was… read more

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    jeaninemartinez
    10/11/2020

    4 star ratingSurprisingly good time The Adventure Park is a real surprise! You can see the Tram ride from all over Glenwood but can’t really see the park till you… read more

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    Brian K
    10/10/2020

    4 star ratingMost Unique Amusement Park Who would think that you could enjoy an amusement park on top of a mountain? In terms of the number of rides it has… read more

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    MichaelLong1963
    10/06/2020
  • This place is amazing!! Family friendly and the staff is very nice and funny to and that helps relax your nervous from the rides. We… read more

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    Breanna Archuleta
    10/05/2020

    Probably the most anxious I’ve ever been in my life to ride the canyon swing and it was so fun. Would have rode again if… read more

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    Lisa Brummett
    10/05/2020

    Must do when you visit glenwood springs co good for adults and kids

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    Sami Shab
    10/05/2020
  • All of the staff are pretty friendly and helpful except for the gift shop staff is extremely rude.

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    Sam T
    10/05/2020

    So much fun!

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    Greg Spivey
    10/05/2020

    Family time!!!

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    Jaime David Vazquez
    10/05/2020
  • This was my first time at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and it was by far the most exciting and beautiful place I’ve been to in… read more

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    Lisa Dorsey
    10/05/2020

    Had a blast! Only rode the gandola which tbe view was amazing! It was still awesome watching all the others riding their rides they have…… read more

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    MzLaPez Lopez
    10/05/2020

    Super fun gondola ride up the cliffs and then a little amusement park on top and caves to explore.

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    David Kraus
    10/05/2020