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!

  • Fun, fun,fun!!! The only way up or down is on a Gondola and you’ll see some breathtaking views.
    I stopped in with my sister and we…
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    Suly Bolanos
    1/26/2021

    Had a lot of fun here! A lot of stuff was closed either for winter or because of Covid but there was still a good… read more

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    Brigham Flint
    1/20/2021

    If I could give this place 10 stars – I would. We went at the end of December and the crowds were low, attractions were… read more

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    Jessica Moore
    1/13/2021
  • 5 star ratingOh my did we ever have a blast today even though there’s the COVID and the Park was operating at 30%. We grandparents,… read more

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    Jackie R.
    12/19/2020

    5 star ratingFun for everyone! Great experience for everyone! Not everything was open due to the season but it was nice to walk around! The mountain rollercoaster was a blast!… read more

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    JJ M
    12/18/2020

    If I ever get questioned about my most memorable/best experience adventure park/rides, the answer will be Glenwood Caverns Adventure park.
    This is probably one of those…
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    S L
    12/01/2020
  • 5 star ratingWe took our 2 kids to do the cavern tours. We road the Gondola up, kids enjoyed. We first did the Kings Cavern,… read more

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    D F.
    11/29/2020

    5 star ratingGreat for family with kids 5 and older Incredibly fun. My kids were 6 and 8 and they had a blast. Amazing views and very thrilling rides. We went during the pandemic so… read more

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    jmarievw
    11/22/2020

    5 star ratingGlenwood handles stress in a seemingly effortless manner. Made this a part of our trip through CO, Summer 2020. First arrived to see the caves & that was a smart move.
    Education before recreation….

    We…
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    Phoenix
    11/20/2020