Tours of Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves
Originally discovered in the 1890s and reopened to the public in 1999, the cave remains the park’s top attraction.
- Historic Fairy Caves Tour — Newly expanded in 2013, this 40-minute guided walking tour takes guests through the discovery and development of the Fairy Caves, with recreated period lighting from when the caves were originally lit in 1897. It includes a stop at Exclamation Point overlooking the Roaring Fork Valley. The rich colors in the ceiling of the Register Room and the pendants, boxwork formations, reflecting pools and stalactites covered in cave popcorn are visible only on this tour.
- King’s Row Cave Tour — This 40-minute guided walking tour of the lower section of the cave begins in The Barn, a large fiery red chamber, and takes guests down 127 stairs into Iron Mountain on lighted walkways into King’s Row, the most highly decorated cave room in the state. A staged lighting show highlights formations including stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws and cave bacon.
- Wild Tour — The Wild Tour, a two-hour guided tour, gives visitors the opportunity to explore the rarely visited areas of Glenwood Caverns. Experienced cavers outfit each participant with a lighted helmet and all the necessary equipment. Wild Tour participants visit areas preserved in their natural state deep within the cave. This is an exciting belly-crawling and walking experience. Reservations required.
Alpine Coaster — America’s first Alpine Coaster features individual cars on tracks that race 3,400 feet through the trees and down the mountainside. The ride is exciting and varied, with bumps and waves to add to the thrill. Unlike an alpine slide, the Alpine Coaster makes hairpin turns and can operate year-round due to its track system. USA Today and Park World Magazine named it one of the 10 Best Roller Coaster Rides of Your Life.
Cliffhanger Roller Coaster — The thrills and excitement of this mountain-top roller coaster are heightened by cliff-side curves and heart-stopping drop-offs. The Cliffhanger Roller Coaster is located above the rest of the Adventure Park at an elevation of 7,160 feet, making it the highest-elevation, full-sized roller coaster in the U.S.
Giant Canyon Swing — For the truly adventurous, the Giant Canyon Swing launches riders out over Glenwood Canyon, 1,300 feet above the Colorado River. Both the ride and the views of the Canyon are breathtaking as riders soar through the air. The swing accommodates up to four riders, so friends can share the adrenaline rush of floating with zero Gs.
Glenwood Canyon Flyer — The Glenwood Canyon Flyer is perched on the edge of Glenwood Canyon, right between the Giant Canyon Swing and the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster. Riders take their seats and go higher and higher as the ride spins them around, until they are flying out over the Colorado River 1,300 feet below.
Haunted Mine Drop —The world’s first drop ride to go underground plunges riders 110 feet down inside Iron Mountain. Named one of USA Today’s Most Anticipated Theme Park Rides of 2017 and voted the Best New Theme Park Attraction of 2017 by USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.
Soaring Eagle Zip Ride —The Soaring Eagle Zip Ride begins at the same spot as in the past, but nearly everything else about it is new. Guests now board at ground level near the Alpine and are then carried backwards, 600 feet up the mountain. At the top, they reverse direction for a thrilling zip ride back down to the ground. The new configuration provides easier access and increases the efficiency of the ride to reduce wait times during the peak season.
4D Motion Theater — State-of-the-art entertainment in Colorado’s first 4-dimensional motion theater, with interactive seats and special effects that make the audience feel like a part of the show. Featuring “Rats Race,” “Bamboo Express,” “Winter Wipeout” and “Pirates Rapids.”
Climbing Wall — This 32-foot climbing wall features five different routes of varying difficulty, auto belay and a textured surface with fossils for the look and feel of real rock.
Discovery Rock — A geology learning area where guests can pan for gemstones in the running water of the sluice box mining stream. Kids can search for buried treasure in the sand pit fossil dig.
Giddy Up! — This Western-style amusement ride lifts up to seven riders into the air, and then lowers them back down to the ground in a bouncing motion that creates a negative G-force, providing a thrilling ride every time.
Iron Mountain Tramway — The Iron Mountain Tramway is a 4,300-foot-long tram ride originating on the floor of the Roaring Fork Valley, near the Colorado River. The 10-minute scenic ride inside six-person fully enclosed gondola cabins skims over the tops of the trees, with panoramic views in all directions. The cabins are wheelchair-accessible.
Laser Tag Arena — Guests engage in a new-fangled shoot-out in an Old West setting, using the latest in wireless laser tag technology. This is a popular group activity for birthday parties and team building.
Mine Shaft Shootin’ Gallery — An electronic shooting gallery with animated, Western-themed targets that test each shooter’s skills and concentration.
Mine Wheel —This Ferris-wheel-style ride carries guests around and around, with views of the Adventure Park and the Roaring Fork Valley below.
Silk’s Saloon Olde Tyme Photos — Visitors take a step back in time during a visit to the Old Tyme Photography Studio, with costumes to fit shapes and sizes from newborns up, plus props and backdrops to create the perfect souvenir.
Speleobox Cave Simulator — The Speleobox contains 300 feet of crawling cave passages that wind up, down and around inside an 8’ x 12’ structure for a fun spelunking adventure. Suitable for kids and adults.
Wild West Express Coaster — This kid-friendly roller coaster offers curves and hills on a train-themed adventure ride.
Winter on the Mountain — from November to February, the mountaintop sparkles with displays of a half million twinkling lights, lighted nighttime winter rides and fire pits to roast s’mores. During the holidays, a giant Christmas tree with a timed music and light show entertain guests in the plaza, with visits from Santa and carolers.
Dining and Shopping
Snack Shack — Open in the summer months, the Snack Shack offers casual outdoor dining and snacks including sno-cones, ice cream with flavor bursts, hot dogs, cold beer and more.
Lookout Grille — Featuring some of the best panoramic views in Colorado, the Lookout Grille offers burgers, salads, sandwiches, a great kids’ menu and more. Menu varies in the winter months. The bar serves wine, beer and cocktails.
Souvenirs — Guests can take home reminders of their visit from Silk’s Saloon Olde Tyme Photos, the General Store Gift Shop and the Trading Post. Photography packages are also available.
Note: Some attractions are seasonal; have age, weight or height restrictions; or require liability waivers or reservations. Please visit GlenwoodCaverns.com or call 800-530-1635, ext. 0, for more information.