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.

Wild Tour Testimonial

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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 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

    Had an amazing time with the family here. The cave tours were cool. The Alpine Coaster was a blast. The holiday lights were beautiful.

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    Eric Simonsen
    11/30/2020

    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
  • So amazing! All we did was the gondola and cave tours but, the cave tours were amazing and here’s the ding dang deal, I think… read more

    Jesse Rhoads Avatar
    Jesse Rhoads
    11/27/2020

    A wonderful way to spend a day with the whole family. My Son is 4 and about 42 in tall. He was able to ride… read more

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    rebekah tresslar
    11/20/2020

    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
  • 5 star ratingCalled off work that day to drive 3 hours from Denver to hide and go on an adventure! Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park called out to… read more

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    Alice Q.
    11/16/2020

    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
    11/14/2020

    Great fun , great views – Totally worth the trip! The caverns are awesome and all of the rides are super fun and some terrifying…. read more

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    Carrie Soto
    11/12/2020
  • The Fairy Cavern is cool, but the other one around back is even better. The tour guides are knowledgeable, and the people working here are… read more

    Alec Black Avatar
    Alec Black
    11/12/2020

    Great adventure for all ages! This is the third time we’ve taken our family there and the Giant Canyon Swing and Mine Drop are a… read more

    SR Wells Avatar
    SR Wells
    11/11/2020

    Alpine coaster is a must! Mine drop was great as well.

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    Rich Thorpe
    11/02/2020
  • Beca one of the tour guides for the cave tour and she is amazing! I have done the cave tour twice and been lucky enough… read more

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    Junior Ortega
    11/02/2020

    Had a great time here with my family. No crowds short lines and an awesome team of employees. Great for big kids and adults as… read more

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    Jim Evans
    11/01/2020

    5 star ratingHad a great time yesterday at the adventure park. It was a great way to spend Halloween exploring caves. The staff was awesome. Very friendly… read more

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    Sydni H.
    11/01/2020
  • 5 star ratingBuena opción. Una opción si estas fuera de temporada de ski. El precio ronda los 59$ incluye las atracciones limitadas arriba. La.idea de poner un pequeño parque… read more

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    Marcial_Orozco
    11/01/2020

    Fun little amusement park with great views. Kings Cavern tour was made even better with Becca giving a “light show”! All attractions are included in… read more

    Angel Bischoff Avatar
    Angel Bischoff
    11/01/2020

    5 star ratingThis is a wonderful little park up on top of the mountain outside of Glenwood springs Colorado. I had a blast on the rides that… read more

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    Matt K.
    10/29/2020
  • Cannot wait to go back! My daughters and I had a blast.

    Areli Amaya Loera Avatar
    Areli Amaya Loera
    10/28/2020

    Enough attractions to keep you busy but not overwhelm you. Some great stuff for thrill-seekers and great stuff for the more timid.

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    Ruthanne Dyson
    10/28/2020

    Excellent theme park. Rides are a complete thrill every time. I have an annual thrill pass!!

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    alejandra hurtado
    10/28/2020
  • Don and Becca were amazing!! My boyfriend and I went to Glenwood Adventure Park to see the caves little did we know there were rides… read more

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    mageeia
    10/27/2020

    Very fun super small park. The swing, caverns and alpine coaster were our favorite.

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    Marilyn Castorina
    10/27/2020

    Most amazing place! One of the best times I’ve ever had!! Great views, food & people. Staff is very friendly & helpful. Tom, that was… read more

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    Amber England
    10/27/2020