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!

  • If you are into thrills and adrenaline, then this place is for you! From swings that are located on a cliff side, to rollercoasters on… read more

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    Josh Souxayavong
    6/08/2021

    5 star ratingGreat family day trip! 2 hr 45 min drive from Denver and so worth it. Enjoyed the gondola ride up the mountain to the… read more

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    Zilla R.
    6/07/2021

    Great family day trip! 2.5 hr drive from Denver and so worth it. Enjoyed the gondola 🚠 ride up the mountain to the park, took… read more

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    zilla roston
    6/07/2021
  • 5 star ratingMultigenerational Visit Came from MN and spent the entire day here with three children/grandchildren. We did every ride (many multiple times!) and enjoyed our Cave Tour with… read more

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    Leah Z
    6/05/2021

    5 star ratingWe rode our bikes from Hotel Colorado to the park. very easy. We got there at 1015 am on June 15. 10 minute line to… read more

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    Mike W.
    6/05/2021

    5 star ratingWorth the stop We decided to stop in Glenwood Springs on our road trip back from Denver to Las Vegas. We stayed at Glenwood Springs Hotel and had… read more

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    Meredith J
    6/02/2021
  • This place is great for kids 6-16!! The park is very clean and the staff is fabulous!!! My husband and I took our 9 year… read more

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    Christina Tanksley
    6/02/2021

    We went on Memorial Day, which may have been a terrible idea…. we only got to tour one cave and ride one ride because the… read more

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    Sheena Horob
    6/02/2021

    Hands down the most insane experience! Every single attraction is unique and heart stopping! Mine Drop literally takes your breath away! Also The Canyon Flyer… read more

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    Stephanie
    6/01/2021