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We are Closed today


Due to High Winds

Alpine Coaster

Thrill Ride

A Coaster That You Control!

Ride included with Funday Ticket

May to October

Mid-Nov to Feb

March to April, weather permitting

Front rider is shorter than the driver
38″ minimum height, at least 3 years old
54" minimum height to ride alone

Max combined weight 330lbs

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.

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. 
  • Max combined weight 350 lbs
  • Waiver required

Save Time!

A Release of Liability Waiver (Exención Por 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!

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  • Some rides and attractions are seasonal.
  • A Supervising Companion is defined as someone that meets the requirements to ride unaccompanied and is responsible for ensuring that the Guest requiring a companion complies with rider instructions.  In addition, a Supervising Companion must be at least 16 years of age on most rides and attractions.
  • Rides may be closed at any time due to weather or maintenance. Please check at Gondola before purchasing tickets.
  • Guests with molded casts or a brace will be restricted from riding certain rides where the cast or brace may present a hazard to the Guest or others or prevent the rider from maintaining proper riding position throughout the ride. Please see our FAQ page for exact ride details.


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(online price $30)



(online price $50)



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Please note- the park is now closed through June 19th

For an unplanned Xcel energy project to upgrade critical energy systems in western Colorado. We truly regret this inconvenience. The park will reopen Thursday, June 20th at 9am.

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