It’s Game Time!

The big game is almost here! Whether you bleed Broncos orange and blue, will be rooting for the Carolina Panthers, or are just in it for the snacks, Sunday is a good chance to kick back, relax, and enjoy the day.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is the spot to be for the Broncos-Panthers showdown! We’ll be offering appetizer specials, game-time drink specials for kids of all ages with a spinning drink wheel, and football face painting for the kids. Get a free tram ride to the top by printing off this coupon and bringing it with you (or showing it on your phone).

In celebration of the big day, here are a few random fun facts about this year’s game:
• Behind Thanksgiving, tomorrow will be the second-highest day for food consumption in the country. Americans will consume around one billion chicken wings, four million pizzas, and 325 million gallons of beer!

• For the Star Wars fans out there, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning was once named by a Star Wars author as the NFL member “most likely to be a Jedi knight.” Additionally, his nickname with the Colts was R2D2!

• Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is a pescatarian; he eats fish but not meat.

• This Sunday will mark the first time that two quarterbacks who were No. 1 overall draft picks will face off in the biggest football event of the year. Payton Manning was a No. 1 draft pick in 1998, and Cam Newton was a No. 1 draft pick in 2011.

• Additionally, their age difference is a new record: at 39 years and 26 years respectively, Manning and Newton’s age gap is the largest ever between quarterbacks at the big game.

• Finally, a 30-second commercial spot during the game will cost advertisers a record-breaking $5 million dollars!

Sunday’s weather forecast in Glenwood Springs, CO is meant to be around 40 degrees and sunny; it’s downright balmy weather for February! It’s a great opportunity to come up and enjoy the Alpine Coaster and Soaring Eagle Zip Ride before the game starts at 4:30. Click here for more info on tickets and hours. Hope to see you up here for the big game!

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2015: What a Year!

It was an eventful year for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, CO! As 2015 comes to a close, we’re taking a look at everything that happened, from new beginnings to continuing old traditions. We’re celebrating awards, milestones, events, and a year of bustling activity:

Iron Mountain Hot Springs opened! Co-owned by Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park owners Steve and Jeannie Beckley with Mogli and Coop Cooper, the Hot Springs were a big project that finally came alive in August. Nestled next to the Colorado River, the 16 mineral pools and large family pool provide relaxation and rejuvenation in a whole new setting.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park decorated ghost tree

The Mountain Fall Festival, which included spooky Halloween fun, was a highlight of 2015

We held the first annual Mountain Fall Festival. Running through the month of October and culminating with Halloween festivities like haunted cave tours and trick or treating, the Fall Festival was a lot of fun and provided extra weekend entertainment for the community.

In May, Utah resident Tamara Ames became the millionth person to ride the Alpine Coaster, coinciding with the 10th birthday for the Alpine Coaster. It’s amazing that the Alpine Coaster has provided a million zooming thrills, and we can’t wait for the next million!

The Park was honored with some prestigious awards this year. We were recognized as a Dream Big Blue Ribbon Award Winner and as one of seven regional finalists for the Dream Big Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Chamber. The awards showcase small businesses that strengthen and give back to the community, and stand out for their exceptional business practices. We were also named Glenwood Chamber’s Top Brass Business of the Year!

Additionally, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park picked up several Post Independent Local’s Choice Awards in June, including Golds for Best Local Attraction, Best Place for Family Fun, and Best Place to Watch the Sunset.

As icing on the cake, Glenwood Caverns was also one of four finalists in Sunset Magazine’s Travel Awards in the Family Fun category!

Travel Channel show Glenwood Canyon Flyer

Travel Channel film crew at work on an episode of "Thrill Factor" at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

In August, the Park was featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show “Thrill Factor.” In the episode, hosts Kari Byron and Tory Belleci experimented with sensory deprivation while riding the Glenwood Canyon Flyer. It was a lot of fun having the hosts and film crew here, and we hope they come back again!

Winter on the Mountain returned for a second year. Running from November through February, Winter on the Mountain brightens up the season with 500,000 lights, winter activities, and lighted rides and caves. We love how the Park turns into a winter wonderland!

The Park was alive with music. Music on the Mountain came back for a seventh year and showcased great bands all summer long. The Friday Afternoon Club continues to run in summer and winter with local acts like Painters Stage and Gerry Goodman. This winter we also added a special holiday music series which made the season even more festive.

The community united to give back! It was the second year for Turkey Tram-a-Ganza in November, which donated over 250 pounds of turkey to Lift-Up for local families. Music on the Mountain collected more than 10,000 cans of food for Lift-Up, bringing the total since 2009 to 53,770 cans!

Finally, while the park was closed in November for maintenance, the Alpine Coaster was upgraded with all new cars and a new distance-control system. A bullwheel bearing has been replaced on the tram, which was a huge job. Concrete and railing work was completed in the caves. Some interior painting was done and the park was thoroughly cleaned inside and out. It feels spiffed up, fresh and ready for the year ahead!

We’re so thankful for a great year, and we look forward to making more people smile in 2016. We hope to see you at the Park for more fun and adventure in the New Year!

Alpine Coaster

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Holiday Cheer and Winter Fun!

Alpine Coaster at night wiht lights

The Alpine Coaster is lit up for a magical, zooming ride!

Christmas Week is almost here! With fresh snow and holiday spirit, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is definitely feeling like a winter wonderland. Winter on the Mountain is in full swing with 500,000 lights, a giant musical Christmas tree, lighted thrill rides, fire pits and s’mores, and much more.

Santa Claus Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Santa and Mrs. Claus are frequent visitors to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Photo credit: Randy Schriever

Santa and Mrs. Claus are regular visitors to the Park (check out our interview with the jolly man himself)! We wanted to make sure that all the kids who want to sit on St. Nick’s lap and tell him their Christmas wishes will have the chance, so we’ve extended Santa’s hours at the North Pole. He will be available on December 18 and 19 from 5 to 8 pm, December 20 from 3 to 6 pm, and December 21, 22 and 23 from 5 to 8 pm.

The mountain is alive with holiday music! December 19, 20 and 21 will showcase accomplished pianist and singer John Riger, and December 22 and 23 features the O & O Duo. This musical duo is comprised of Colorado native, multi-instrumentalist and singer Obadiah Jones and Israeli singer Orian Peled. This will be the last weekend of holiday music, so don’t miss the chance to see these engaging, talented performers!

We are also continuing the weekly Friday Afternoon Club, a free concert every Friday from 5 to 8:30 pm. This Friday, the band Painters Stage will bring their reggae tunes and gypsy rhythms mountain-top for a fun and energetic show.

We hope to see you at the Park for Christmas cheer and good times! Click here for more information on tickets and hours. Happy holidays!

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10 reasons to spend a day (or two) in Glenwood Springs during your Colorado ski trip

Glenwood Caverns and Iron Mountain Hot SpringsAdd some “whee,” “ooh” and “aah” to your Colorado ski vacation with a day trip to Glenwood Springs, home of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and the Iron Mountain Hot Springs. There are seven mountains — Vail, Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Beaver Creek, Snowmass, Buttermilk and Sunlight — located within an hour of the park, making it an easy way to mix things up a bit this year. Breckenridge, Winter Park, Powderhorn, Steamboat, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Ski Cooper and SolVista are within two hours. Here are 10 reasons you’ll want to spend a day here:

  1. Colorado’s newest hot springs destination, the Iron Mountain Hot Springs, opened this summer with 16 hot mineral water pools on the bank of the Colorado River. (aah!)
  2. The state’s longest Alpine Coaster is located at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, and it races 3,400 feet down the mountain with hairpin turns, bumps and waves. (whee!)
  3. The Adventure Park’s Winter on the Mountain includes a dazzling display of a half million lights covering the buildings, rides and trees, plus fire pits for roasting s’mores and a giant, musical Christmas tree. (ooh!)
  4. There’s a steamy freshwater family pool and a jetted whirlpool spa at the Iron Mountain Hot Springs that the kids will love. (whee!)
  5. Friday Afternoon Club on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns features live music, drink specials around a cozy fire and free tram rides, making it fun and easy on the wallet. (ooh!)
  6. The soaking pools at Iron Mountain Hot Springs are filled with pure mineral water — no chemicals — and range from 99 to 108°F for a rejuvenating après-ski experience. (aah!)
  7. The Soaring Eagle Zip Ride at the Adventure Park provides and exhilarating ride with beautiful views, day or night. (whee!)
  8. The Sopris Café at the Iron Mountain Hot Springs serves fresh, delicious food and a variety of hot and cold drinks, including beer, wine and cocktails. (ooh!)
  9. It’s always 52 degrees and humid inside Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves, which feels wonderfully warm on cold winter days. (aah!)
  10. You can save 20% on admission to both attractions with a Ride & Relax Combo Package. (whee!)

There are two options for the Ride & Relax Combo Packages, both of which include a day pass for the Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Choose a Funday Pass for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, which includes unlimited access to the park’s winter attractions, for just $48 per adult and $39 per child (ages 3 to 12), or a tram and cave pass for the Adventure Park for $38 per adult and $29 per child. Passes must be used within seven days of purchase. Available at either location.

Winter on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and closed Monday through Thursday, through Feb. 28, 2016. During the holidays, it will be open daily Dec. 18 to Jan. 3. It will close at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve and be closed Christmas Day. More information about the park, including hours of operation and a list of which attractions are open, can be found at GlenwoodCaverns.com or by calling 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228, ext. 0.

Iron Mountain Hot Springs is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It will close at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve and be closed Christmas Day. More information is available at IronMountainHotSprings.com or by calling 970-945-4766.

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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

Gold
Best local attraction
Best place for family fun
Best place to watch the sunset
Silver
Best live music venue
Bronze
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.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Music on the Mountain

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 travelchannel.com: “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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