The Missing Link Band To Play Last Concert of Music on the Mountain

The Missing Link Band will close out this year’s Music on the Mountain concert series on Saturday, September 21. The group has been performing at Glenwood Caverns since before Music on the Mountain officially existed! This band has not only helped the park become a prime live music venue, they’ve also been there to witness first hand how much the park has changed over the years.

“The Caverns has grown in every aspect. As far as music goes, every year that we’ve played, it’s been more professional. The first year, there was no stage, we just played on the sidewalk! The next year, there were lights, the year after that, more changes….it’s just become a more professional situation every year. Crowds are getting bigger, and there’s more diversity,” says Nick Kuhlmann, the band’s drummer and sound engineer.

The male members of The Missing Link Band; the band will close out the concert series this year

“It just gets more special every year. It’s definitely the coolest place to play, it’s my personal favorite place to play in the valley.”

The Missing Link Band started with Kuhlmann on drums, Paul Barker on bass, and Erik McPherson on guitar and lead vocals. They later added female vocalists, Holly Guerin and Kimberly Saddler.  The band prides itself on offering a variety of music that appeals to all types of people. “We want to appeal to ages eight to 88. We want to give people the best from all genres: country, rock, R&B. Having female vocalists gives us the ability to be diverse, we can cover songs that feature both male and female vocalists,” says Kuhlmann.

“Missing Link is a good way to describe how we fit into the music scene in the valley. There are country bands, classic rock bands, southern rock bands…but we play all those genres; we’re the ones you call when you want a mix of everything.”

People in the valley have responded well to the band over the years. “At our shows, we see quite a few of the same people every time. People seem to appreciate it. Also, besides being good musicians, we have one of the best sound systems out there!” says Kuhlmann.

The Missing Link Band has traditionally performed the last show of the series. “There are two reasons we like to play the last show,” says Kuhlmann. “First of all, the weather. It’s usually a really nice up there this time of year, and being able to see Mt. Sopris and the whole mountain range in the fall is the best. I’ve looked at the weather and it looks like we will be in the middle of a high pressure system; no rain expected for the whole week.”

“Secondly, it’s my birthday! There’s nothing I’d rather do on my birthday play up there in front of a great crowd.”

Some of the band’s favorites to play are “Jackson” by Johnny Cash and June Carter, and “1963 (Oh What a Night)” by The Four Seasons. “I personally like the female vocalist songs; Carole King, songs that are a little more melodic. As a drummer, one of my favorites is “Walk Like an Egyptian” by Cyndi Lauper. It’s just fun to play,” Nick says. “We just try to give the crowd as much dance music as we can, and add in some eclectic music too.”

The Missing Links’ 2012 performance not only set record attendance numbers at the park, it also featured a very memorable experience for the band and anyone who was in attendance that day. A flash mob had organized to put on a dance during the song “Beautiful Day” by U2, and dancers from troupes across the region surprised the crowd by assembling, seemingly out of nowhere, to perform a choreographed dance and then disperse afterwards. Read more about the flash mob here.

“It was one of the coolest things that has ever happed for us as a band,” says Kuhlmann. “No one was expecting it. A lot of people took away good feelings from that experience.”

Kuhlmann credits the employees for making the park what it is. ““There are really great people that work up there,” he says. Kuhlmann looks forward to the show in part because one of the park managers, Bob Stepniewsk​i, gets out his percussion instrument and joins the band onstage!

As the concert series winds down, Kuhlmann would like to remind people to continue to support local music. “I would want everyone to know that there are a lot of good bands in this area. Just because you hear ‘local band,’ it’s not ‘Jim Bob and his brother Jim Bob playing somewhere.’ These are professional musicians. For example, in our band, our members have played professionally and toured in different parts of the country. I got my start in Chicago and LA. There are really good musicians out here; the best quality that you would get under any circumstances.”

This Saturday is a perfect opportunity to support local musicians and have a great time doing it. Celebrate the last show of the year and wish Nick Kuhlmann a happy birthday! Bring at least one can of food for a free tram ride to the top. There will be drink specials, food, and open rides and attractions. For more information, visit Music on the Mountain.

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Don’t Miss Acoustic Mayhem: ‘Genre-Impaired Americana’

Here’s the bad news: there are only two Music on the Mountain concerts left this season. Now for the good news: this Saturday’s show will feature Acoustic Mayhem performing their first time at the park, and the band is ready to kick it into high gear!

Acoustic Mayhem will take the stage at Music on the Mountain Saturday, September 14

“We’re definitely fun, and a little goofy,” says group member Lorraine Curry. “We are all having a great time when we perform, and that energy travels off the stage and into the audience.”

Acoustic Mayhem has been around for a decade. They came into existence when the group members were sitting around a campfire at a music festival, jamming and hanging out. The band’s eventual fiddle player, Mark Bruell, suggested the friends form a band, but take up instruments that they don’t usually play.

“It was slow going at first!” laughs Curry, who is a classically trained cello player but picked up the bass for Acoustic Mayhem. She had played bass before, but not as a member of a formal band. “We wanted to challenge ourselves,” she said. Her husband and bandmate Craig was primarily a guitar player, but he plays dobro and mandolin in the band.

“We tried to play strictly bluegrass at first, but that didn’t last very long,” says Curry. “Now we call our music ‘genre-impaired Americana’. We play swing, rock, country….just everything that we like.” She cites an eclectic mix of music influences, including country and bluegrass musician Tim O’ Brien, John Hiatt, and legendary Western swing band Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.

The band has some originals in their playbook–“Elliot Leonard writes some really nice tunes,” says Curry–but they will mainly be performing an upbeat set of covers. Some of Curry’s favorites are “It’s a Good Day,” by Peggy Lee, “Jambalaya” by Hank Williams and “Mambo Italiano” originally performed by Rosemary Clooney. “None of our songs will make anyone depressed!” says Curry.

The band has opened for the likes of The Drew Emmitt Band, folk rockers The Mammals, and Austin-based alt-country artists The Gourds. Acoustic Mayhem mainly plays in the Roaring Fork Valley, although Lorraine, Craig and Elliot recently went to Austin to perform in restaurants and nightclubs there. Sunday’s performance will feature the entire five-piece band: The Currys, Mark Bruell, Elliot Leonard, and Dan Rosenthal.

“We just have so much fun when we are together!” says Curry. “We’ve been looking forward to playing Music on the Mountain all summer. Everybody should get in the mood to move. Wear your dancing shoes!”

The show starts at 6 pm. Along with live music there will be drink specials, food, and open rides and attractions. Starting at 4 pm, bring at least one can of food for a free tram ride to the top! For more information, visit Music on the Mountain.

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The Orchard and New Creation Church To Play Special Sunday Show

Can’t get enough Music on the Mountain? You’re in luck! A special Sunday show has been added to this week’s lineup. The show will feature two bands from local churches, The Orchard and New Creation Church Worship Team. Both groups bring the promise of fun times and good music for all ages.

The New Creation Church Worship Team plays energetic, uplifting and inspirational music

“We’re very high energy, not what people would think of as a church group,” says Melissa Hefferon, leader of the New Creation Church Worship Team, which performs contemporary Christian rock. “It’s definitely music that anybody would enjoy. ”

The team often performs at their church in Glenwood Springs with over 40 people including a choir. At Music on the Mountain they will bring a smaller group with five vocalists and a full band–still a big group by any band’s standards, but according to Hefferon they are a tight-knit group. It’s a good thing because, as Hefferon says, “we are together all the time!”

“We are so blessed to have so many great musicians and vocalists,” she says. “We have lots of mixed ages–from teenagers to people in their 60’s. But we all have the same purpose. Our primary focus is to help people feel a spiritual connection.”

The group often writes their own music, says Hefferon. “We have various people who like to songwrite, and we are very collaborative!”

“You should definitely come out,” Hefferon says of Sunday’s show. “Between the two bands, there are lots of different styles of music.”

Jerry Alcorta of The Orchard is also looking forward to Sunday’s show. “We played last year, and it was a blast. There was a good turnout, and we had fun playing music and hanging out!”

Formerly the Church of Carbondale, The Orchard performs progressive Christian music at their church, but often at other venues they will branch out. “We’ve played Carnahan’s, BeerWorks [both in Carbondale]…all around. We like to cover U2, Johnny Cash, Dave Matthews–all kinds of stuff.”

Blending life, music and faith, The Orchard knows how to have a good time!

A particularly memorable experience was when The Orchard played at First Friday in Carbondale. “One of the new art galleries had asked us to play,” says Alcorta. We set up on Main Street and everyone gathered around, sitting on the sidewalk, just listening. We got lots of positive feedback from that show. Not that many bands get to play in the middle of the street!”

The faith-based band offers a memorable experience. “You can expect to have a good time!” says Alcorta. “It’s upbeat, uplifting music meant for dancing, and for having a good time.”

Sunday’s show starts at 4 pm, and starting at 2 pm, bring at least one can of food for a free tram ride to the top. For more information, visit Music on the Mountain.

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Lizard Skinner: Local Favorites Unite for One-of-a-Kind Performance

Crowds attending this Saturday’s concert are in for a big treat, as Lizard Skinner makes its debut at Music on the Mountain. The band, fronted by local rock ‘n’ roll mainstays Louie Girardot and Steve Skinner, is a collaboration between The Steve Skinner Band and Louie and the Lizards.

Lizard Skinner, a mixture of Louie and the Lizards and The Steve Skinner Band, plans to tear it up this Saturday at Music on the Mountain

Louie and the Lizards, a very popular band in the valley for more than a decade, disbanded when Louie’s brother, the band’s guitarist, left the group.  “I tried to keep the band going, but it just wasn’t happening without him,” remembers Girardot. He eventually joined Steve’s Skinner’s band The Natives, playing keyboard.

Lizard Skinner will present the best of both bands–originals and covers. “It should be pretty epic!” says Girardot. “You can expect a really high energy, rock ‘n’ roll show that will cover classic and contemporary rock. We’ll play everything from old Rolling Stones tunes to Jane’s Addiction.”

Girardot has been playing music his whole life; he started playing the piano at six years old and knew he was destined for a life filled with music. “I played bass instruments throughout school; I was actually a tuba major at Colorado State University,” he says. Though he has since moved on to other instruments, Girardot still has tuba on the brain. “I’ve had the itch recently,” he says. “I’ve actually been looking for one on eBay.”

Girardot and Skinner go way back; they have been playing together on and off since the mid 1990’s. “Steve is an exceptional songwriter,” says Louie. “I have a lot of fun playing his music. For him, fun is number one. So we have a great time playing together.” Their friendship runs in the family; their daughters were best friends in grade school.

Asked about the band name’s similarity to Lynyrd Skynrd, Louie just laughs. “I was just looking for ways to sync up the names of the two different names. It was just too good to turn down!”

Saturday will be a special day for Louie and the rest of the band. It’s not only Lizard Skinner’s first advertised appearance, but a reunion of sorts. Louie’s brother Michael will be coming in from Durango to perform with the band, and all the original members of Louie and the Lizards will be there, except for the drummer (Corey Spagnolo of The Chambers Brothers and The Natives will be on drums).

Says Louie, “Any of the old fans of Louie and the Lizards who’ve been itching to hear the old tunes–this is their opportunity. It’s going to be nuts!”

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Lizard Skinner! Bring at least one can of food for a free tram ride to the top. For more information, visit
Music on the Mountain.

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Bring out your inner party animal with The Rock Dogs at Music on the Mountain

Roaring Fork Valley locals The Rock Dogs will take the stage this Saturday, August 24th. It’s the last concert for the month of August, so bring your family and friends for one last celebration of summer before we head into fall!

The popular band plays all over the Western Slope (they’ve appeared at Mountain Fair, Strawberry Days, and the Redstone Castle just to name a few) as well as in Moab and other spots across the region. Glenwood Caverns is pleased to bring their cheerful sound and easygoing attitudes to the Adventure Park!

The Rock Dogs bring fun and danceable tunes to Music on the Mountain Saturday, August 24th

We spoke with bassist Tom Mercer, one third of the trio that makes up The Rock Dogs along with Dale Loper on guitar and Dan Brennan-Combs on drums (Tom and Dale trade off on lead vocals throughout their shows).

GCAP: So how did The Rock Dogs get their start?
TM: We started playing together in 1991. We came together from a variety of different bands, but we didn’t know each other that well. So you could definitely say that music brought us together.

GCAP: What kind of music do you guys play?
TM: We play rock music, spanning from the 1960’s to today. It’s not hard rock, though…you aren’t going to hear any metal or acid rock. It’s all upbeat stuff, that you can either dance to or enjoy listening to. We play some originals but mostly covers. Different songs work with different crowds, so we try to pick what we think will work for the crowd in front of us.

GCAP: So who are your favorite artists to cover?
TM: Well, whatever will get people up and moving around. The Beatles, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Bruce Springsteen…those are a few of our favorites, but it’s really all over the place. The main rule is that is has to be crowd pleasing.

GCAP:
Any memorable shows from all your years together?
TM: One thing that sticks out is a show seven or eight years ago, we were playing on the sun deck on Aspen Mountain. There were a group of people dancing and out of nowhere they formed a human pyramid. There were three or four layers of people. It was really incredible!

GCAP: Besides the possibility of human pyramids, what else can people expect at a Rock Dogs show?
TM: Honestly, just to have a good time, to have fun with their friends. It’s not about the band, it’s about the people. Everything else will just fall into place. It’s all about fun; that’s what we are there for. We don’t take ourselves too seriously.

GCAP: You’ve played at Music on the Mountain in the past, correct?
TM: Yes, we’ve performed twice before. It’s a great venue. People really enjoy being up there. When the weather is good, there’s really nowhere better to play in Glenwood Springs. Plus the staff, especially Bob (Stepniewski, the restaurant and retail manager), has been great to work with.

GCAP: Anything else to share about your upcoming show?
TM:
Just that we are really looking forward to it! And we want to tell people to bring lots of cans of food for Lift-Up, get a free ride up and come see us. It’s a win-win.

For more information, visit Music on the Mountain. Bring at least one can of food to donate and get a free tram ride to the top! Hope to see you there!

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All The Pretty Horses rides into Music on the Mountain

Music on the Mountain’s concert series continues with All The Pretty Horses performing this Saturday, August 17th.

The band is comprised of Olivia Pevec (vocals), Frank Martin (mandolin, guitar, steel guitar, and vocals), Ashton Taufer (upright and electric bass), Mateo Sandate (guitar and vocals), and Aaron Taylor (drums).

The band originally formed around exploring the music of Bob Dylan, but they soon expanded their focus to other legends, including acclaimed country singer George Jones and leading jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. “We also grew passionate about the traditional music from our country’s rough beginnings,” says Ashton Taufer. The mix of influences and genres led the band to create a sound all its own, and today All The Pretty Horses is known as an “American musical melting pot.” They are typically described as country rockers, but they are much more than that. “With our twangy voices, a jazz-trained rhythm section, a pair of tele guitars, plus steel and mandolin, we bring a unique history and passion in music,” says Taufer.

All The Pretty Horses performs this Saturday, August 17th

Having formed in 2010, the group is relatively new but they have already been recognized for their talent. They received 3rd place in the Post Independent’s 2013 Local’s Choice Awards, and also won a “Stevie” for best local band of 2013, an annual award given out by Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale.

The band performs “originals and choice covers that have been rearranged in our own unique way,” says Taufer. “We are moved to discover the beauty that comes with darkness, and we love to make people dance!”

Steve’s Guitars is a favorite spot for the band, and in 2010 they released a live album recording there (they are currently working on a studio album, scheduled for release in 2014). They’ve also made recent appearances at Strawberry Days, Garfield County Fair and the Crested Butte Arts Festival.

You can get in the spirit for their upcoming performance by catching a preview of the band’s original songs and arrangements here.

This weekend will mark All The Pretty Horses’ first show at Glenwood Caverns, so come welcome them to the mountain on Saturday! Along with great music, there will also be drink specials, food, and rides. Bring at least one can of food for a free tram ride to the top. For more information visit Music on the Mountain. See you there!

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Fifty50 promises 100% fun at Music on the Mountain this Saturday

Local’s Choice winners Fifty50 will take the stage August 10th on the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park stage, as Music on the Mountain returns after a mid-summer hiatus. So, if you’ve put your dancing shoes away, it’s time to dig them back out because Fifty50 will be sure to get you moving!

Fifty50 performs at the return of Music on the Mountain Saturday, August 10

The band is comprised of Beth Getzen Stoltzfus, Dave Stoltzfus, Dale Loper, Jerry Larsen and Brian Brown. “We have such a great chemistry,” says Beth Getzen Stoltzfus. “What sets us apart from other bands is the harmony blend between myself, Dave, and Dale. A lot of our songs are harmonies the whole way through. You don’t see that with a lot of bands.”

The band has been together since their first gig at Rivers Restaurant in Glenwood Springs in 2002, and over the years has developed quite the following in the Roaring Fork Valley. They’ve been honored with Local’s Choice Awards seven times; in 2012 and 2013 those Local’s Choice Awards were gold. “It’s very moving for us that the community chose us,” remarks Stoltzfus. “It’s a big honor. We’re just regular working folk, but music is our passion. We are so happy that people appreciate us.” They play all over the valley at festivals, bars (the Black Nugget in Carbondale is a favorite spot) and private events.

Fifty50 won the gold Local's Choice Award in 2012 and 2013.

“We have so much fun on stage!” exclaims Stoltzfus. “There’s no stress, no egos, we’re just friends–a family, really–and our performances just show our love for each other and for what we do.”

“We try to speak to all ages, from young teenagers to older people,” says Stoltzfus. “We are very eclectic in our choice of music, and there’s something for everyone.” The band performs a mixture of classic rock ‘n’ roll covers (Grace Potter is a favorite of Beth’s) and original songs. The band shares songwriting duties, and often times they will come up with new songs just by playing around at practice. “We’ll get a jam going, add some words, and then we’ll go ‘hey, there’s a song!’”

Beth and Dave were acquaintances before the band formed, and playing together led to a good friendship and then something more. The couple were married in 2007. “We had played Strawberry Days, and right after the show we had a party at our house and got married!” laughs Stoltzfus. “We told our friends we were getting married and they said, ‘Oh, finally, good for you guys, when’s the wedding?’ We said ‘no, you don’t get it–we are getting married right now!’”

This will be the band’s second year playing Music on the Mountain. “We are excited to play there again. The views are so fantastic! The crowd is a lot of fun, and the people that work there are great. It’s a well-rounded experience,” Stoltzfus says.

The name Fifty50 came into being by chance. “We were trying to come up with a band name. I wanted it to be called ‘Before 9’ because I’m always wanting to be in bed at 9pm! But then Dave and I were coming back from Taos, and we saw a road sign for ‘50 west and 50 east…the sign said 50/50. I said, ‘that would be such a great name.’ It’s perfect because Dave and I have a 50/50 partnership, and the interaction between the audience and the band is a 50/50 collaboration…and when you put 50 and 50 together that’s 100%, which is what we put into all our shows!”

“We have had so much support over the years,” says Stoltzfus. “We are just so honored that we can live, work, and play in this valley.”

Join Fifty50 in celebrating our beautiful valley this Saturday, August 10 at Music on the Mountain. As always, there will be drink specials, food, and rides will be open. Bring at least one can of food for a Lift-Up Food Bank donation and get a free tram ride! For more information visit http://glenwoodcaverns.com/music-on-mountain-glenwood-springs.html

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Get outta that heat with a Wild Tour!

Wild Tour at Glenwood Caverns Seems like the mercury is rising just about everywhere … except inside Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves. The forecast is calling for a high of 91 in Glenwood Springs, 93 in Denver, 92 in Colorado Springs and a whopping 98 degrees in Grand Junction! The forecast for Glenwood Caverns is always the same: a comfy 52 degrees.

The King’s Row Tour and the new Historic Fairy Caves Tour can get you into this cool cave for 50 minutes each and they’re both a lot of fun. But to really escape the heat, try a Wild Tour. It’s a 2-hour, on-your-belly adventure through rarely visited sections of the cave. You’ll get fitted with a lighted helmet and all of the necessary equipment before joining an experienced caver for an underground exploration you’ll always remember. And, don’t forget, it’s 52 degrees in there!

You’ll need a reservation to get in on a Wild Tour, so call 970-945-4228 or 800-530-1635, ext. 0, to schedule yours today. It’s $60 per person and the minimum age is 10. These photos were taken this week by Wild Tour guide Kathy Miller. Sure looks like they’re having fun!

Couple on Glenwood Caverns Wild TourTight squeeze on the Wild Tour at Glenwood CavernsGlenwood Caverns Wild Tour

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Top Ten Reasons Glenwood Caverns should be the Eighth Wonder of the World

Recently, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association entered Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves into VirtualTourist.com’s contest to crown “The Eighth Wonder of the World.”

Tourism boards, chambers of commerce and visitor bureaus around the world are sending in nominations to the website, which is a leading travel research website and community. The public is being asked to vote for their favorites out of the more than 200 submissions, and the “Wonder” with the most votes will be crowned the winner and will be featured in a national broadcast TV segment.

The Original Seven Wonders of the World is a list, compiled in the second century B.C., of man-made structures built during the classical era.
The Seven Wonders are:
Great Pyramid of Giza
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
Colossus of Rhodes
Lighthouse of Alexandria

We think Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park should be named the Eighth Wonder of the World! While the caves were formed naturally, it definitely took a lot of manpower to get them ready for the public viewing. Charles Darrow and his team first opened the Historic Fairy Caves to visitors in 1895, and the work continues today, with the recent completion of the Historic Fairy Cave Tour, showcasing even more natural beauty and amazing formations.

In the spirit of the Late Show with David Letterman, we’d like to offer our own Top Ten Reasons Glenwood Caverns should be the Eighth Wonder of the World:

Ad from 1897 proclaiming the Fairy Caves as the "Eighth Wonder of the World." It appeared in a publication called the Avalanche Echo.

10) The original owners of Glenwood Caverns claimed it first, in 1897, well before most of the other contestants even existed.

9) Glenwood Springs is a lot easier to find than Ephesus and Halicarnassus!

8) Seeing any of the Seven Wonders means being prepared for sweltering heat: the average summer high in Giza is 96° and in Olympia it is 97°! The Historic Fairy Caves, on the other hand, are a cool 52° year round–perfect for a hot summer day.

7) Most major attractions only invite you to take pictures, but if you take the Wild Tour you’ll be invited to get dirty, crawl on your belly and go deep into rarely visited areas of the caves!

6) We’re not sure, but we don’t think any of the current Seven Wonders offer drink specials and live music (Music on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns does, though!)

Cave Bacon is formed when the water drops flow down a sloped ceiling of a cave and build up calcite in a thin line before dropping to the floor.

5) The best things in life involve bacon
(cave bacon, that is!)

4) Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves were explored/excavated by enthusiastic cavers, not Greek slaves.

3) You’ve got to go diving underwater to see what’s left of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, but it’s only a short tram ride up Iron Mountain in Glenwood Springs to see the Historic Fairy Caves and King’s Row in the most highly-decorated show cave in Colorado.

Carved wooden bear on guard at Glenwood Caverns

 

2) There are no scary, hollow-eyed, naked Roman statues at Glenwood Caverns, only carved happy Wooden Bears.

1) Many of the Seven Wonders are known for their impressive height—but perched on the edge of the canyon 1300 feet above the Colorado River, Glenwood Caverns stands WAY above them all!

Do you think Glenwood Caverns should be the Eighth Wonder of the World? Cast your vote! Visit www.virtualtourist.com to vote for Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves. Voting is open until Sept. 30.

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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Offers Free Funday Passes to Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Annual Passholders

In a show of solidarity for the Colorado amusement industry, loyal fans of the iconic Royal Gorge Bridge and Park have another option this summer, and it’s free. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, based in Glenwood Springs, is offering a one-day pass at no cost to all current Royal Gorge annual passholders.

Royal Gorge Bridge and ParkThe owners of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park know how important loyal fans are to the success of any business and they’re big fans of Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. Following the tragic fire that closed this Colorado landmark, the Adventure Park is offering current Royal Gorge Bridge and Park annual passholders a free one-day pass anytime during 2013. The mountain-top park that’s home to Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves, thrill rides and family activities is based in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

“Our hearts went out to everyone at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park last week,” said Steve Beckley, who owns Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with his wife Jeanne. “Each year we take our whole management team to visit another theme park that’s known for its excellent customer service. We visited Royal Gorge in 2011, and everyone had a lot of fun. We were all impressed with their operation and are hopeful that they can rebuild and reopen very soon.”

In the meantime, Royal Gorge passholders can enjoy a day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on the house. The Funday Pass includes a ride on the Iron Mountain Tramway and park admission, two walking cave tours and unlimited access to the Alpine Coaster, Giant Canyon Swing, Cliffhanger Roller Coaster, Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, Wild West Express family coaster, Mine Wheel, GiddyUp, Fort WhereAmI giant maze, 4D Motion Theater, climbing wall and laser tag arena.

To claim the free one-day pass, Royal Gorge Bridge and Park annual passholders can bring a valid annual pass and a photo ID to the ticket office at the base of the Iron Mountain Tramway at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. The offer is limited to one Funday Pass per passholder; for family passes, the offer is good for the same number of family members covered by the Royal Gorge pass. Anyone with questions about the pass is encouraged to call 800-530-1635, ext. 0.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. this summer, with the last tram ride up at 8:30 p.m. For more information, including fall and winter hours of operation, visit http://glenwoodcaverns.com or call 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228, ext. 0.

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