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A coaster that you control! USA Today and Park World Magazine named the Alpine Coaster one of the 10 Best Roller Coaster Rides of Your Life. Think of everything you love about roller coasters—the exhilarating speed, racing around tight turns, flying over bumps and waves.

Now imagine that you are in full control of your speed, you are riding alone or with a friend and cruising down an alpine slope surrounded by Colorado’s gorgeous scenery.

The Alpine Coaster will race you down 3,400 feet of track until you gradually come to a gentle stop. While you are pulled back up the 1,000 feet to the starting point. On the return, relax, enjoy the surrounding wildflowers and think about your next rip-roaring trip down the mountain!

The fun is locked in. Unlike an alpine slide, you can’t fall out of the Alpine Coaster. Cars are affixed to the track and the ride is designed to take the tightest hair-pin turns at full speed. If you prefer a slower speed, just ease up on the throttle. Due its track system, the Alpine Coaster is able to operate year-round. Try it in winter when the mountainside is bedecked with snow and the rails are lit with thousands of fairy lights. It’s magical!

Fun fact. The Alpine Coaster was the first ride to be installed at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. It came about because cave tours were becoming increasingly popular. Due to long lines for the tours, park owners Steve and Jeanne Beckley thought it would be a good idea to give guests something fun to do while they waited. Turns out it was great idea! The Alpine Coaster opened in 2005 and remains a top-rated ride among park visitors.

Important note: Occasionally rides are closed due to maintenance or weather. Check our rides and attractions status to see that your favorite rides are open. Also, for the best value, we recommend purchasing the Funday pass online which includes gondola rides, cave tours and unlimited turns on all the rides and attractions!

Safety Restrictions

  • Riders must be at least 38″ tall AND at least 3 years old
  • You must be taller than 56″ to ride the Coaster and all persons over 56″ must ride alone
  • You must be at least 16 years old to carry a passenger
  • Riders over 38 inches and under 56 inches tall and at
    least 3 years of age must ride with an adult and share the
    experience together. Your child’s cost is 1 ticket ($6).
  • Max combined weight 350 lbs
  • Waiver required

  • Alpine Coaster at Glenwood Caverns
  • Alpine Coaster in Glenwood Springs

Save Time!

A Release of Liability Waiver (Exencion De Actividades) must be signed prior to enjoying all rides and attractions. To save yourself time, please download, print and bring this waiver with you. One waiver per person is required. Riders younger than 18 must have a parent’s or guardian’s signature on the waiver.

Bonus: Souvenir Photos are taken when you ride on the Alpine Coaster!

What Our Guests Say

The kids wanted to ride the coaster over and over. It’s better than the Alpine Slides and open all year!

Kaylee, Isaiah, Jeff, Lila & Hannah- Hotchkiss, Colorado

Way cool experience! Their alpine coaster is very cool! So fun to ride! Also, the Kings Cavern was unique. We had an awesome tour guide!

-Tara, March 2019