Interesting & Unexpected
A mountain is ideal for many things – hiking, skiing, hang gliding, but it’s not the most logical location for a theme park. Yet, situated 7, 100 feet above sea level in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, is America’s only mountain-top theme park. How exactly did Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park end up there?
Well, follow the path of curiosity long enough, as Steve and Jeanne Beckley did and you might find yourself in some interesting and unexpected places. What started out as a spelunking hobby in college became a quest to explore the private and nearly forgotten Fairy Caves, the closed-to-the-public Colorado cave fiercely protected by its then owner, Pete Prebble.
Steve and Jeanne Beckley
What began over two decades ago as nagging curiosity to explore a little known cave in Glenwood Springs has become America’s only mountain-top theme park, a place where the thrills run deep and the sky’s the limit!
Hard work pays off. Check out a small sampling of accolades the Beckleys and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park have received over the years!
- The Haunted Mine Drop was voted the Best New Theme Park Attraction of 2017 by USA TODAY readers
- The Alpine Coaster was named one of the 10 Best Roller-coaster Rides of Your Life by USA TODAY and Park World Magazine
- The State of Colorado awarded the Beckleys the 2001 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative
- Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association named them Citizens of the Year for 2002
- The Haunted Mine Drop was named one of the 12 Most Anticipated Thrill Rides of 2017 by USA Today
- The Giant Canyon Swing was named one of the 10 Most Extreme Theme Park Rides in the USA by USA TODAY
- Glenwood Caverns was named one of the 10 Best Caves in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards
- Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ranked in the top 4 for Best Family Fun in Sunset magazine Travel Awards
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- Michelle N.10/18/2020
It was definitely fun we went on a day of October fest! I would recommend wear something cozy gets cold up there especially on rides… read moreMaria_Sunshine10/18/2020
A very good experience & adventure!!Must try rides: Mine Drop, canyon swing, alpine coaster, cave toursNot worth – eagle zip line, 4D theatreShruti Shah10/18/2020
Great family time Loved pretty much everything. Rides were fantastic. Staff was great, place was clean and all in all a great time. Awesome cave… read moreJeremy C10/17/2020
Make sure you spend time here! We visited the Caverns on a recent trip to Colorado and had one of our best days at the Adventure Park! We were a… read morejuliejH4295WR10/16/2020
Had a wonderful time here. I am pregnant so I really couldn’t ride anything except the gondola. The cave tours are really cool. In all… read moreGlendarika Garcia10/16/2020
Fun even in a pandemic. Take a gondola to the top of a mountainside. Grab a pound of fries and a souvenir cup of Sprite… read moreR Cusick10/15/2020
The mine drop was amazing. I have never been to a ride that doesn’t give time to think and get the adrenaline rush. The drop… read moreKarthik Ravi10/12/2020mike hall10/12/2020
Don’t Miss this gem! Our favorite part of this unique little mountain amusement park was the cave tours. In particular- a big shout out to Cole, who was… read morejeaninemartinez10/11/2020
Surprisingly good time The Adventure Park is a real surprise! You can see the Tram ride from all over Glenwood but can’t really see the park till you… read moreBrian K10/10/2020
Most Unique Amusement Park Who would think that you could enjoy an amusement park on top of a mountain? In terms of the number of rides it has… read moreMichaelLong196310/06/2020
Probably the most anxious I’ve ever been in my life to ride the canyon swing and it was so fun. Would have rode again if… read moreLisa Brummett10/05/2020
Had a blast! Only rode the gandola which tbe view was amazing! It was still awesome watching all the others riding their rides they have…… read moreMzLaPez Lopez10/05/2020
This was my first time at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and it was by far the most exciting and beautiful place I’ve been to in… read moreLisa Dorsey10/05/2020
This place is amazing!! Family friendly and the staff is very nice and funny to and that helps relax your nervous from the rides. We… read moreBreanna Archuleta10/05/2020
This adventure park does not disappoint! A thrill & adrenaline rush around every corner!! Cherish! Girl you the bomb it’s an hour later & I’m… read moreLisa Martin10/05/2020Sam T10/05/2020