Go to great heights without all the gear. Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, you can ride Glenwood Gondola at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park for a mountain of fun on spring break! And if you do, take some time away from the chairlift for a vacay day at America’s only mountaintop theme park.
No skis, no board, no problem! Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers a thrilling alternative to the slopes. Though skiing and snowboarding go boot-in-binding with what most people think of as a Colorado spring break, slope-side sports aren’t the only exhilarating form of recreation in Glenwood Springs.
Ride the Lift Up
If you’ve never visited Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, you might be surprised to learn that one of the first people you’ll meet on arrival is a lift operator. That’s right, just like at a ski area, our lifties will help you board the Glenwood Gondola. The gondola is made by Poma, a company that began in the French Alps in 1936. The earliest versions paved the way for lifts that made steep mountainous terrain accessible at ski resorts in Europe and the U.S. However, unlike riding the lift at the slopes, you don’t need to haul your gear aboard, just get comfy in the cabin and enjoy the views of Glenwood Springs unfold below as you ascend Iron Mountain to the park entrance.
Peak Ski-Free Fun
When you debark, there’s no slipping and sliding around in the snow. Glenwood Gondola slows to a near stop for an easy transition from the gondola cabin floor to a snow-free concrete walkway. But just like at the ski area, the real excitement begins once you get moving.
As you enter the Main Plaza at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, take a minute to get oriented. Check our “trail maps,” the large signs that show where all the park’s rides, attractions, restrooms, and dining options are located. To ensure you hit all the sites and attractions, make a plan to navigate the park. If you have questions, ask the Adventure Park Ambassador, located at the Guest Services Gazebo.
Adventure Park Tickets
Just as ski resorts have their signature runs, bowls or glades, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has its’ can’t miss experiences. The Park is internationally famous for its stunning caverns and high-flying thrill rides. For those who want to do it all, the Funday ticket is the best value with admission to both cave tours and unlimited access to all open rides and attractions. Other admission options include a Gondola-only ticket and the Gondola & Caves ticket.
Off the Beaten Path
Backcountry skiing is out-of-the ordinary, often guided and always memorable. At Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, go off-piste on our cave tours. The King’s Row cave tour boasts the second largest cave room in Colorado and the Historic Fairy Caves tour features a reflecting pool and an overlook with views of Glenwood Canyon. Guests rave about the variety and abundance of cave formations, gorgeous lighting that shows them off to advantage, and knowledgeable guides who educate and entertain along the way.
Pinnacle of Excitement
You don’t need skis or a snowboard to go downhill or catch big air! The Adventure Park’s thrill rides are a scream and every bit as exciting as the steeps at Sunlight Mountain Resort’s East Ridge. For a cruiser run where you can accelerate or slow down, hop aboard the Alpine Coaster. The ride races down Iron Mountain, but you control the throttle, adjusting speed as desired. As temperatures hit the 40˚F mark, the Adventure Park’s other rides open for the season. Check ride status here. Feel the wind in your hair on the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride and feel the effects of zero gravity on the pendulum-style Giant Canyon Swing.