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Glenwood Gondola: New Name, New Experience

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is excited to reveal the name of its soon-to-open new attraction. Beginning in March, Glenwood Gondola will transport visitors from the valley floor in Glenwood Springs to America’s only mountaintop theme park. 

The staff at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has been hard at work since fall when the park temporarily closed to install a new high-capacity gondola to transport visitors to and from the mountaintop.  Currently crews are working closely with a team from Leitner-Poma to install the newly named Glenwood Gondola.

Elevate Your Adventure

Set to open March 2019, Glenwood Gondola, with its tagline “Elevate Your Adventure,” signals a new era for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. “We’ve chosen a new name to emphasize just how much difference it will make in our guests’ experience. The 44 detachable cabins that won’t stop on the way up or down the mountain are going to more than triple our capacity and decrease the ride time,” general manager Nancy Heard said. “So, instead of waiting in line at the base or the top during peak season, our guests can spend that time enjoying the park. This also allows us to offer more events, even during the summer. Our Music on the Mountain schedule is greatly expanded with more Colorado bands for this year, and locals will still be able to enjoy live music during Friday Afternoon Club.”

Glenwood Gondola Progress Report

 Heard added, “At this point, the heavy excavation, the removal of the old concrete footers, is completed. All of the footers for the new gondola have been poured. The two columns for the supporting structure of the base terminal were installed last weekend. This week, the terminal for the base will be constructed. Next comes the support structure for the top and then the terminal building itself. After that, the tower assemblies will be flown in and the haul rope, or cable, will be installed. Finally, the gondola cabins will be attached. Once assembled and operational, testing will be conducted, followed by the commission by Leitner-Poma and licensing by Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board.”

Spring Grand Opening Planned

 A March grand opening celebration is planned for the new Glenwood Gondola and the re-opening of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Guests can expect to enjoy faster transportation up and down the mountain with few or no lines, and a fresh, new look throughout the Park.

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