Giving Thanks

The eve of Thanksgiving is a good time to stop and take stock of all we’re thankful for in life. At Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, we have plenty of thanks to give! Here’s just a few of the many things we are grateful for, this Thanksgiving and all year long:

Town of Glenwood overview

Bird's eye view of beautiful Glenwood Springs

1. Living in a beautiful place and being part of a fun community. There’s a reason that Glenwood Springs, CO was voted one of the top 5 Best Places to Live by Outside Magazine. Our residents like to work hard and play hard, and it makes for a vibrant, lively community full of activity. Whether it’s rafters and kayakers cruising down the Colorado River on a summer day, bikers buzzing up the Rio Grande Bike Path on a glorious fall afternoon, skiers and snowboarders getting in powder turns at Sunlight Mountain Resort, or springtime shoppers in downtown Glenwood Springs, the town is alive year-round.

2. Our company family. It takes a lot of people to make Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park run smoothly, and every day our close-knit team works hard to ensure that visitors have the best possible experience. Their friendly, smiling faces make the Park a welcoming place, and their dedicated work ensures that the Park is always operating safely and effectively. We truly couldn’t do it without them!

3. Having the opportunity to give back. With the recent Turkey Tram-A-Ganza, we were able to help donate over 250 pounds of turkey to Lift-Up for families in need. Our Can-for-a-Tram program during the Music on the Mountain concert series donated 10,172 cans of food for Lift-Up this year. And at last Friday’s Iron Mountain Hot Springs benefit, we were able to collect another 544 cans!  We love how the people in the community rally together to help each other out.

visitors in mineral pool

Visitors to Iron Mountain Hot Springs relax in mineral pool

4. Seeing Iron Mountain Hot Springs get off the ground. A partnership with the owners of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, the Iron Mountain Hot Springs were a dream for many years. In 2015 they finally became a reality! Soaking in the healing Hot Springs, right next to the Colorado River, is just about the most relaxing and rejuvenating experience one can have, and it is very fulfilling to see the dream come to life.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park cave tour

Family explores the historic Fairy Caves

5. Our visitors! We love seeing the excited faces of kids and adults stepping off the mountain-top tram and trying to decide what to do first. We love hearing the exhilarated screams of Giant Canyon Swing and Cliffhanger Roller Coaster riders. We love showing people around the historic Fairy Caves. Most of all, we love being a place that families and friends can come to for a break from the “real world” and just have some fun!

We hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We’ll be closed Thanksgiving Day so our employees can spend the holiday with their families, but we’ll be back open on Friday, November 27.  Come up for some post-turkey fun and adventure!

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Time for Turkey Tram-a-Ganza to benefit LIFT-UP!

Turkey Tram-a-Ganza at Glenwood Caverns Adventure ParkGlenwood Caverns Adventure Park is teaming up with KSNO and Bighorn Toyota again this year for Turkey Tram-a-Ganza on Sunday, Nov. 15, to benefit LIFT-UP’s local food pantries. KSNO’s Elizabeth Drolet will board the Iron Mountain Tramway in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, at noon for a live broadcast and will keep riding until 500 pounds of turkey, or roughly 45 turkeys, have been donated.

Turkey Tram-a-Ganza begins at noon and continues until 4 p.m. To encourage the community to participate, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will contribute up to four free tram rides for each donated turkey or $20 donation, plus an entry in a drawing for two Annual Thrill Passes or four day passes to the Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Bighorn Toyota will have a truck in the parking lot at the tram base at 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road where people can drop off frozen turkeys, register for the drawing and pick up the free tram passes. The free tram rides are valid that day only and can be used to enjoy the Winter on the Mountain light display, giant musical Christmas tree and the views of Glenwood Springs. The Lookout Grille will be open for lunch and dinner as well.

“This event was a lot of fun last year, and we were able to collect 33 turkeys for LIFT-UP,” said Nancy Heard, general manager for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. “Our goal for this year is to help even more of our friends and neighbors in need before the holidays arrive. We hope everyone in the valley will consider donating to LIFT-UP during Turkey Tram-a-Ganza. It’s a great cause, and we’re excited to be a part of it once again.”

Turkey Tram-a-Ganza at Glenwood Caverns Adventure ParkGuests who donate turkeys can also enjoy the park’s rides and attractions that day with a Winter Funday Pass. Just $25 with the free tram ride, it includes both walking cave tours and unlimited access to the Alpine Coaster and Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, both of which are lighted for rides after dark, the laser tag arena and the 4D Motion Theater. The last tram ride up the mountain will be at 8:30 p.m.; the park will close at 9.

LIFT-UP is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing essential humanitarian assistance in the communities it serves, with food pantries in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Rifle and Parachute. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park also supports LIFT-UP through its Music on the Mountain can-for-a-tram concert series, which has brought in more than 53,000 cans of food for the food pantries since 2009.

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Halloween Fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park!

We’ve been having a great time celebrating autumn and Halloween with the Mountain Fall Festival at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park! There’s so much to do this Saturday at the Park: October 31st will feature trick or treating and a costume contest, and there will continue to be haunted cave tours, Halloween games, BJ the DJ spinning Halloween tunes, and more!

We’re sharing a few pictures of the Park dressed up for Halloween…we hope to see you dressed up too, and enjoying some spooky fun with us this weekend!

Mountain Fall Festival Halloween decorations Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

A sinister sight hanging from a tree at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

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Halloween lights and frights!

Lookout Grille Halloween decorations

Come warm up with some witch's brew next to the fireplace in The Lookout Grille!

Glenwood Cavern Adventure Park Halloween decorations

A friendly pumpkin scarecrow greets visitors at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park pumpkins and haybales

Come browse our pumpkin patch or take a rest on a haybale!

For more information on this weekend’s festivities, visit the Mountain Fall Festival page.

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Haunted Cave Tours Promise Creepy Thrills

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Fairy CavesHalloween is almost here, and we hope that you’re in the mood for some spooky fun! As part of October’s Mountain Fall Festival at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, the upcoming two weekends will feature ticketed Haunted Cave Tours.

When you sign up for a Haunted Cave Tour, your group of six or less will be given a designated time to show up. Your tour will be self-guided; you’ll be given a dimly lit flashlight and sent on a journey through The Haunted Cave. Along the way, you’ll have various ghostly and frightening encounters with creatures, ghouls and more…better stick together!

“We’re going for more of a creepy atmosphere; not necessarily bloody or gory,” says Kathy Miller, Natural Attractions manager at the Park. “The cave setting itself, with dimmed flashlights, already makes it eerie, and we are just building off the environment of the caves, and what people are naturally scared of.”

There is an intricate story built in to the history of The Haunted Cave, but you’ll have to get there to find out what it is!

The Haunted Cave Tours are recommended for ages 10 and up. Plenty of frights await brave cave-goers!

The Haunted Cave Tours are offered between 5 and 9 pm on Friday and Saturday, October 23 & 24 and Friday and Saturday, October 30 & 31. For the full lineup of all the activities going on at the Mountain Fall Festival, visit the Mountain Fall Festival page.

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What a Summer!

With Labor Day behind us and the fall equinox coming up quickly on September 23rd, it’s probably time to admit that summer has come to a close. It was a great season in Glenwood Springs, CO and at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park! Here are a few of the highlights of the Park from summer 2015:

Local’s Choice Awards
The annual Post Independent Local’s Choice Awards were handed out in June, and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park was thrilled to take home several awards. We’re so pleased to be recognized by the community, and hope that everyone has a chance to experience a mountain-top sunset: there’s nothing like it!

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park tram sunset Local's Choice

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park was voted "Best place to watch the sunset" by the Post Independent Local's Choice

Best local attraction
Best place for family fun
Best place to watch the sunset
Best live music venue
Best community event or festival
Best date spot

Iron Mountain Hot Springs opened
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park owners Steve and Jeannie Beckley teamed up with locals Mogli and Coop Cooper to open Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Opened for business in August, the Hot Springs offers 16 mineral soaking pools, each with its own temperature and view, and a large freshwater family pool. Located right next to the Colorado River, it’s the perfect setting for relaxation and rejuvenation.

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Music on the Mountain concert-goers explore the park and enjoy rides before the show

The mountain was alive with the sound of music
The weekly Friday Afternoon Club ran for a successful second year, with local bands playing free shows to wind down the week. The Music on the Mountain series, now in it’s 7th year, continues to showcase popular bands around the valley and beyond….and it’s not over! Music on the Mountain runs until September 26th, so you still have a chance to catch some great concerts. Bring at least one can of food to donate to Lift-Up and you’ll get a free tram ride to the top.

We made it on TV!
Two hosts from the Travel Channel show “Thrill Factor” stopped by in August to film an episode. The show delves into the science behind our favorite adrenaline rushes. Kari Byron and Tory Belleci, the hosts of “Thrill Factor,” used the Glenwood Canyon Flyer to experiment with how sights and sounds add to the thrill of a ride.

We had fun–and we hope you did, too!
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s mission is to provide fun for all ages. Whether it’s riding the adrenaline-pumping Cliffhanger Roller Coaster, cruising down the Alpine Coaster, learning about the amazing cave formations or simply enjoying the views on the tram ride or at the Lookout Grille, there’s something for everyone. We love helping families bond and having people take a break from their daily lives to come up and enjoy themselves. We hope to see you this fall and winter, and we look forward to continuing to provide entertainment all year long!

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Glenwood Canyon Flyer featured on Travel Channel this Wednesday

Tune into the Travel Channel this Wednesday, August 19, at 6pm to see the Glenwood Canyon Flyer in action!

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Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and the crew of Thrill Factor film an episode featuring the Glenwood Canyon Flyer

Kari Byron and Tory Belleci of the new Travel Channel show, Thrill Factor, visited Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in late June. The duo were filming an episode entitled “Kari Has No Sense,” in which Kari’s senses are tested as she rides the Glenwood Canyon Flyer. She was vision and hearing deprived, experimenting with how sight and sounds add to the thrills of a ride.

The Glenwood Canyon Flyer swings riders over a 1,300-foot cliff. Riders take their seats and go higher and higher as the ride spins, until they are flying out over the Colorado  River far below! The ride has been designed to look like a giant tree and is located between the Giant Canyon Swing and the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster.

Travel Channel Thrill Factor cohosts, Glenwood Canyon Flyer

Thrill Factor co-hosts in front of the Glenwood Canyon Flyer

Along with testing out the Glenwood Canyon Flyer, Kari and Tory rode the Cliffhanger, signed autographs and took pictures with fans. They had a great time!

From “Sharing a passion for travel, adventure and science, the co-hosts dive into the engineering, physics and biomechanics that explain why these amazing rides excite adrenaline junkies across the country.”

Kari and Tory rose to prominence from Mythbusters, a popular Discovery Channel show that tests the plausibility of various myths through scientific methods, such as riding a motorcycle on water or seeing if yawning truly is contagious. Kari co-hosted the show, and Tory built sets and tested objects off-camera.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is excited to be a part of Thrill Factor, and we can’t wait to see the show! We hope you’ll be watching it too!

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Music on the Mountain Returns for August and September

Wow, summer is flying by! It’s hard to believe it’s already August, and time for the second half of Music on the Mountain! We’re excited to get back into it, and hope you are too. Make the most of the remaining summer days in beautiful Glenwood Springs, CO by enjoying free live music from some of Colorado’s best bands!

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Popular local band Fifty50 will kick off the second half of Music on the Mountain on August 15

The remainder of the concert series will kick off on August 15 with Fifty50. These hometown favorites have been honored with many Local’s Choice Awards over the years. Their blend of classic, modern and original rock is kicked up a notch with unique vocal harmonies and instrumentals, and they are guaranteed to get you moving! Fifty50 is comprised of Dave Stoltzfus, Beth Getzen Stoltzfus, Dale Loper, Jerry Larsen and Tom Mercer. Dave and Beth were friends before the band got together, and during their time together in the band their friendship turned into love. The couple got married in a surprise ceremony at their house after a Strawberry Days concert in 2007–a perfect reflection of the group’s penchant for spontaneity and fun.

Next up on the lineup for August 22 is The Goodman Band, a hard-rocking trio playing classic rock, specializing in Stevie Ray Vaughn tunes. The group has been described as the fullest sounding three-piece band there is! The Goodman Band takes pride in being able to play pretty much every type of music, and doing it authentically.

Rounding out the rest of the series will be Vidicus Maximus, Derringer, The Milemarkers and finally The Missing Link Band, who traditionally close out Music on the Mountain with a bang. September 13 will feature a special Sunday show with two Christian music bands on the bill, Kings Loyal Band and The Orchard. The music starts a little earlier for this Sunday show, with the first band taking the stage at 4pm, and it promises to be a passionate and uplifting evening.

For the rest of the shows, music starts at 6pm. Can for a Tram starts at 4pm; bring at least one can of food to donate to Lift-Up for a free tram ride to the top! There will be drink specials offered, and rides and attractions are open. For more information, visit Music on the Mountain.

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Top Ten Reasons to be Excited about the Opening of Iron Mountain Hot Springs!

The Iron Mountain Hot Springs will officially open this Saturday, July 18! It’s been a long road and a lot of work, so to celebrate we thought we’d share a few reasons why we can’t wait to visit Glenwood Springs, Colorado’s newest attraction. We hope you’re excited about it too!

1. It’s perfect for the whole family. The Iron Mountain Hot Springs features a large, freshwater family pool heated to 90°! There’s also a smaller whirlpool spa elevated above the family pool, so parents can supervise their children while soaking in the hotter water (around 92°), with a waterfall connecting the two. Two family changing rooms make visits with kids even easier.

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A view of the Family Pool from the elevated whirlpool spa

2. It’s perfect for everyone else, too. At Iron Mountain Hot Springs, it’s all about a relaxing environment–there’s a quiet zone surrounding 16 smaller, naturally formed pools. Children ages 5 to 14 must be accompanied by an adult (and kids under 5 are not allowed).

3. Iron Mountain Hot Springs is accessible. The Hot Springs are meant to be a relaxing and healing experience for everyone–including those who may need it the most. The family pool entrance offers a ramp with a handrail. Two of the pools have transfer walls and grab bars for those who need them (the walls allow a person to leave a wheelchair or other mobility device and transfer onto the wall, then into the water). The family changing rooms are also accessible, and there is an aquatic wheelchair available onsite.

4. You don’t have to leave if you get hungry or thirsty! The on-site Sopris Cafe is next to the family pool and offers fresh and delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beverages include coffee, soft drinks, beer, wine and mixed drinks. For a treat, grab a frozen yogurt, soft-serve ice cream or smoothie.

Glenwood Springs river view of hot springs, Glenwood Canyon

Enjoy the views of the Colorado River while you soak!

5. You’ll never get bored! The 16 smaller pools range in temperature from 98° to 108°. Depending on the pool you’re in, you’ll get a variety of amazing views including the Colorado River, Iron Mountain, Red Mountain, the Flat Tops and Mt. Sopris.

6. You will leave relaxed and rejuvenated. There are 14 minerals found in the water, the most abundant being iron and sulfate, known for their relaxing qualities. The healing attributes of hot springs have been recognized and used by humans for thousands of years. Whether you’re feeling tired or frazzled, or have more serious issues like asthma or arthritis, Iron Mountain Hot Springs may benefit you greatly–no doctor’s appointment required!

7. The lodge-style bathhouse! The bathhouse is designed to make your visit even more enjoyable. The on-site locker rooms have showers, hair dryers, private-label toiletries and restrooms. The use of a locker is included with the price of admission (just ask for a key card at the front desk). The two family changing rooms have a restroom, shower, sink and changing table. There are larger lockers for families just around the corner.

8. If you forget something, we’ve got you covered! The on-site retail store has swimwear, pool accessories, sunscreen and other personal items you might realize you need. There’s also a lot of gifts and souvenirs, many of them made in Colorado.

9. You’ll have help staying hydrated. It’s important to drink lots of water when you’re soaking in any hot springs. At Iron Mountain Hot Springs, there’s free water and bottle-filling stations near the family changing rooms in the bathhouse.

10. It’s a great way to wind down from a busy day. Glenwood Springs has so much to offer–that’s why it was named the Most Fun Town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today in 2011. There’s nothing better than a relaxing soak after a day of hiking, rafting, biking, ziplining, skiing…or playing at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park all day! We hope to see you there!

For more information, visit IronMountain

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Planning a summer visit to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Sunday, June 21st was the first official day of summer! In Glenwood Springs, CO and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, summer is definitely in full swing. There’s more than ever to do at the park, and you can pack in a lot of fun in a day.

Some folks at the park recently produced a video with helpful tips for having the best possible experience, and it’s a must-watch when preparing for a summer day at the park. Below are a few of the tips and suggestions covered in the video:

1. During the height of summer, plan to stay at the park a little longer, and plan your activities accordingly. There’s a chance there will be lines for the most popular attractions (such as the Alpine Coaster and the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride). It’s best to arrive at the park in the morning and head straight to those attractions to beat the lines and the strongest sun. Know that there is a lot to do, and larger crowds, so you may end up staying at the park longer than you would other times of the year.

2. In the middle of the day, head to the caves! When the sun is at it’s strongest, the caves are always a cool 52 degrees (you will probably even want a light jacket or sweatshirt). Other options to beat the heat are the air-conditioned General Store gift shop and the Lookout Grille (which also has a giant fan right outside the door).

3. When you are in the sun, protect yourself! Wearing light-colored, cotton fabrics will keep you cool and protect your skin. Don’t forget the hats, sunglasses and sunscreen! Although if you do forget sunscreen, you can use ours for free: you’ll find it at the Tram Base, at the Guest Services Shack right outside the General Store gift shop and at the refreshment stand by the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster.

Lookout Grille lunch, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park dining

Enjoy a cold beverage and refuel at the Lookout Grille!

4. Stay hydrated. Drink fluids throughout the day, and take frequent water breaks. You can buy a refillable souvenir cup at the Lookout Grille, and bring it back anytime – even during another visit – for a $1.00 refill. There’s also free ice water in the Lookout Grille and a water fountain at the Guest Services Shack.

5. Prepare for short thunderstorms. Especially during July and August, there are frequently thunderstorms in the afternoon. The weather does affect the availability of the attractions and the Iron Mountain Tramway because safety is our number-one concern at the park. However, the storms are often short-lived and are followed by beautiful weather. Heading in to play laser tag or see a movie in the 4D theater is a fun way to pass the time during a thunderstorm.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Tram Base sign, buy online tickets

Once you've bought your tickets online, look for this sign at the Tram Base.

6. Plan ahead so everyone is happy! We know that kids in particular can have high expectations when preparing for a trip to an exciting place. Buy your tickets online ahead of time so you can get up to the park quicker. And be sure to check the height and age restrictions for the rides. Talk about what rides everyone is most excited for, and plan to do those early in the day. Discuss the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms so the whole family is prepared.

7. Have fun! There’s nothing like spending a day full of fun with family and friends at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. By following these tips (and watching the video), you can ensure that everyone will leave happy and fulfilled!

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FAC is back this Friday!

After a successful inaugural year, the Friday Afternoon Club returns this Friday, June 19, at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park!

With incredible views, food and drink specials and live music every week, FAC is the perfect place to unwind in Glenwood Springs, CO at the end of the week! Let your weekday worries float away 1,300 feet above it all.

Grab a newspaper, cut out the FAC ad and bring that with you to the tram base for a free tram ride to the top (you can also print one out here).

Friday Afternoon Club free tram

Starting at 4pm, take a free tram ride (with coupon) up to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park FAC this Friday!

To kick off the FAC free concerts, the park welcomes Chris Bank and Mark Johnson. Chris and Mark have known each other and played in various groups together for 25 years, and their musical chemistry is obvious onstage. Playing a mix of jazz, R&B, Motown and more, the duo is sure to get the summer FAC started in style.

Besides being prolific performers, they are both active in the Roaring Fork community. Chris Bank has taught band and choir in Roaring Fork Valley schools for the past 15 years and is the director of school programs for JAS Aspen. Mark Johnson is an instructor for the Jazz Aspen Snowmass In the Schools education program.

We hope you’ll join us for some high altitude Friday afternoon fun! Music goes from 5-8:30pm and, starting at 4pm, take a free tram ride to the top (with coupon). For more information, visit our events page.

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