Kick Off Summer with Doctor Robert at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park this Friday!

Beatles tribute band Doctor Robert, making an Abbey Road in downtown Crested Butte

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park kicks off its summer Music on the Mountain series this Friday! All summer long, great bands will be performing mountain-top. The opening show on May 24 will feature Doctor Robert, a Beatles tribute band based out of Crested Butte, Colorado.

Doctor Robert is composed of Ben Wright from Carbondale, Casey Falter from Bailey, Colorado, Kevin Reinert, originally from the Chicago area, and Karen Janssen, hailing from the state of Washington. The band formed in 2010, after Reinert saw a Beatles Tribute band at a wedding and was impressed by how much fun everyone – band and audience – was having. A few years later, he decided to gather some local musicians to form their own Beatles tribute band. “Our first gig was an outside party where we only knew about 15 songs–we probably played each song twice, and definitely had lots of fun!”

Today, Doctor Robert knows a whopping 105 Beatles tunes–that is half of the original Beatles’ entire catalogue! Knowing so many songs “allows us some flexibility to tailor each song to the crowd’s mood,” says Wright. “The Beatles’ music is so diverse–it runs the gamut from ballads to high-energy dance to psychedelic music and everything in between.”

Doctor Robert gets their name from a slightly lesser-known Beatles track: the song “Doctor Robert” refers to John Lennon’s “special” doctor who helped him procure drugs during the bands’ experimental phase. “We see music as the drug that ‘can help anyone in need’, which is a line from the song,” explains Wright.

Wright points out that because people of all ages know about the Beatles, “we’ve been able to play a variety of gigs, from a concert at a library for four-year-olds to bars to private parties and weddings. We’ve met so many wonderful people and everyone has their own stories about what this music means to them.”

Doctor Robert has already experienced a lot in their short time together. They’ve opened for members of popular bands like Yonder Mountain String Band, The Head and the Heart, and Rose Hill Drive; they’ve played a wedding at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (“we warmed up while looking at displays of manatees and moose!” says Wright); they’ve skied 26 inches of fresh powder in Taos that happened to fall during a four-show run there; and last summer they were chosen to open the 1st Annual “Big Denver BBQ” on the 16th Street Mall in Denver. This Friday will mark the first time Doctor Robert will play at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. “We’re really looking forward to it!” says Wright.

Whether or not you are a Beatles fan, you can expect to have a good time at a Doctor Robert show. “We love playing this music, and we think it shows!” says Wright. “We try to stay true to the arrangements, but at the same time add our own interpretations. Everyone in the band is multi-instrumental, so we enjoy switching instruments in the set. It’s also fun to change people’s minds about tribute bands or even about the Beatles. Sometimes people say, ‘I didn’t think I liked the Beatles!’ or some such thing.” The band doesn’t try to impersonate the Beatles, they just want to play their music for people to enjoy. They do like to wear retro-ish suits at their shows (and a dress for Karen Janssen), a small touch that adds to the performace. “We feel it brings a level of respect to the songs, and people seem to enjoy the effect,” Wright says.

“People’s reactions have been overwhelmingly positive. It’s fantastic to see folks of all ages appreciating our take on this awesome catalogue of music,” says Wright. “After every show, we get to hear great memories or stories about the music, and the people we meet are so kind and such passionate live music fans.”

Share your love of live music and get in the summer groove Friday, May 24 with Doctor Robert and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park! For concert info, visit http://glenwoodcaverns.com/music-on-mountain-glenwood-springs.html. To learn more about Doctor Robert, go to www.doctorroberttribute.com and visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DoctorRobertTribute?fref=ts.
See you on the mountain!

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Glenwood Caverns Celebrates Summer, 10th Anniversary and 5th Season of Music on the Mountain on May 24

Reflecting Pool at Glenwood Caverns

Reflecting pools seen on the newly expanded Historic Fairy Caves Tour provide a unique perspective on these beautiful formations.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colo., will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a summer kick-off party and live music on Friday, May 24. Guests will be able to enjoy an evening of Music on the Mountain by Beatles tribute band Doctor Robert and a free tram ride in exchange for a canned food donation to benefit the LIFT-UP food pantry.

“We have so much to celebrate this year,” said Steve Beckley, who owns the Adventure Park with his wife Jeanne. “In addition to the 10th anniversary of the Adventure Park, we have just opened the expanded Historic Fairy Caves Tour and added six new gondola cabin cars. All of our rides and attractions will be open, and we’re looking forward to the fifth season of Music on the Mountain to support LIFT-UP.”

Steve and Jeanne Beckley opened Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves to the public in 1999, transporting guests from an office behind the Hotel Colorado to the top of Iron Mountain on buses during the summer. The response was so positive that they decided find a way to keep the caves open year-round. The tramway, which the original owner Charles Darrow proposed to the city in 1903, opened in 2003, along with the mountain-top restaurant and visitor center. The Beckleys rebranded the destination Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park that year and have been adding family-friendly rides and attractions ever since.

Doctor Robert

Beatles tribute band Doctor Robert kicks off the fifth season of Music on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

Kicking off the fifth season of the popular Music on the Mountain benefit concert series, Doctor Robert is a new generation of Beatles tribute band, committed to the accurate reproduction of more than 100 songs of The Beatles’ repertoire. Their high-energy shows are full of Beatles magic, as Casey Falter, Karen Janssen, Ben Wright and Kevin Reinert recreate some of the most band’s demanding musical compositions.

The “cans-for-a-tram” rides will begin at 4 p.m. and the band will play from 6 – 10 p.m. The Lookout Grille and Snack Shack will be open for dinner and refreshments; drink specials including $3 glasses of wine, $3.50 Coors Lights and Coronas, and $4 well drinks, will be available in the plaza.

Cliffhanger Roller Coaster at Glenwood Caverns

Unlimited rides on the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster — America's highest-elevation roller coaster — are included in the Funday Pass!

During the summer kick-off party on May 24, guests will also be able experience the newly expanded Historic Fairy Caves Tour, the King’s Row Cave Tour and the park’s rides and attractions. A Funday Pass, just $35 with the free tram ride, includes both walking cave tours and unlimited access to the Alpine Coaster, the Giant Canyon Swing, the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster, the Mine Wheel, the Wild West Express Coaster, the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, the Fort WhereAmI Maze, the 4D Motion Theater, the Laser Tag arena, the Speleobox cave simulator, the climbing wall and the Giddy Up! Western ride.

The Music on the Mountain series continues throughout the summer and fall: June 1, Already Gone; June 8, Night Plane; Aug. 10, Fifty50; Aug. 17, Little Friday; Aug. 24, The Rock Dogs; Sept. 7, Lizard Skinner; Sept. 8, contemporary Christian music; Sept. 14, Acoustic Mayhem; and Sept. 21, The Missing Link Band. This year’s sponsors include Bighorn Toyota, Community Banks of Colorado, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, AMT Network, Perri’s Collision, Swire Coca-Cola, Glenwood TV, Glenwood Insurance & Pinnacol Assurance and Hotel Glenwood Springs.

The park will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 24. Beginning on May 25, it will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with later hours for most of the Music on the Mountain concerts. The last tram ride up will be half an hour prior to closing. For more information, visit www.GlenwoodCaverns.com or call 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228, ext. 0.

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Glenwood Caverns Hosts Caving Rescue Seminar

The Colorado Cave Rescue Network (CCRN) holds a caving rescue seminar roughly every two years in Colorado, alternating between Cave of the Winds in Colorado Springs and Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves, located at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. The most recent seminar took place April 13-14 in Glenwood Springs, with one day at the Glenwood Springs Community Center and one day in the caves at Glenwood Caverns. The two-day event catered both to cave explorers wanting to learn the basics of rescue and to rescue personnel wishing to increase their knowledge in the field.

“The seminar is really to update cavers on how to rescue people,” said Ken Headrick, a tour guide at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and a volunteer during the seminar. “We spend one day at the community center with a classroom setting to learn about cave rescue, and then we actually perform a real rescue on the second day. They hide people in the cave, and the scenario this year was four lost people we had to find. It took a few hours, but it was overall the best rescue we’ve had.”

This year’s seminar attracted 34 participants from around the state, in addition to 22 volunteers, ranging from locals such as Headrick to caving experts and speakers from the Front Range. A number of volunteers were also required to handle the logistics of the seminar, such as caving gear. One of the key areas of focus during the seminar was evacuations involving extreme injuries, such as broken backs, which prevent cavers from crawling out themselves. A large portion of the weekend was dedicated to packaging cavers onto litters, which were then carried out of the caves by other members of the group.

“For the search and rescue personnel, it gives them the experience to actually practice a cave rescue,” said Marty Reames, director of the CCRN as well as an instructor for the National Cave Rescue Commission (NCRC). “From the caver’s perspective, it provides an education on what it really takes to get someone out. We end up creating safer cavers by helping them realize the ramifications of getting hurt.”

The next major cave rescue seminar in Colorado will be held in May of 2014 in Divide, CO. This weeklong session will be an NCRC event.

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2013 Glenwood Springs’ MUSIC ON THE MOUNTAIN
Summer Schedule

2013 Glenwood Springs’ MUSIC ON THE MOUNTAIN
at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park: Summer concert & band lineup

Breaking News! Glenwood Springs’ MUSIC ON THE MOUNTAIN Summer 2013 kicks off May 24 so mark your calendars. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is proud to present the fifth season of its popular Music on the Mountain concert series. Enjoy summer evenings filled with music, drink specials and a free tram ride up and down the mountain in exchange for a canned food donation to benefit the LIFT-UP food pantry.

The exact music line-up was recently finalized and here are the concert dates:

  • May 24, 2013 Summer Kickoff Concert
    Dr. Robert
    A Beatles tribute band
  • June 1, 2013
    Already Gone
    American resort rock
  • June 8, 2013
    Night Plane
    Acoustic rock
  • August 10, 2013
    Fifty50
    Classic Rock
  • August 17, 2013
    Little Friday
    Blues oriented, straight up groove
  • August 24, 2013
    The Rock Dogs
    High-energy rock n’ roll grooves
  • September 7, 2013
    Lizard Skinner
    Eclectic mix of classic and California surf rock
  • September 14, 2013
    Acoustic Mayhem
    Folk, rock, bluegrass, cajun, irish and more
  • September 21, 2013
    Missing Link Band
    A blend of dance, rock, funk and groove tunes
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New Cabin Cars For Glenwood Caverns Tram

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will be adding new tram cabin cars to the existing tram cable system Monday April 29 through Wednesday May 1. The Park will be closed during that time. For more details on the project I spoke with the Park’s Tram Manager Wade Beattie.

a group of tram cabin cars leave the Glenwood Caverns tram base in Glenwood Springs

Tram cars at the Adventure Park Tram Base in Glenwood Springs.
                                                              photo by Doug Davis

Wade explained that he and a crew of four or five other Adventure Park staff will work together with a similar-sized team from Leitner-Poma of America to carry out the job at the Glenwood Caverns tram base in Glenwood Springs. Leitner-Poma, located in nearby Grand Junction, Colorado, and their parent company, Poma, is a world leader in tramways & chairlifts, with close to 8000 installed world-wide.

The tram line currently has four pods (groups) of three cabin cars per pod for a total of 12 cars attached to the tram cable. The new addition entails adding two more pods of 3 cars each, for six additional cars, which translates to a 50% increase in tram seating capacity.

Wade reported that the new cabin cars were shipped from Switzerland, and have been traveling towards the west coast via ocean freighter.

Wade added that there are some logistics involved with the new cabin car installation. Because the cabins are very sturdily built and are not lightweight, a small long-arm crane is required to support the cars while they are being attached to the cable line.

“When the work is completed an Acceptance Test will be performed by a registered professional engineer from the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board,” Wade states. “We do tram maintenance all the time, and the state does surprise inspections, so they’re a very safe form of transportation.”

“In the meantime we’ve been re-upholstering all the seats in the existing tram cars. We will also be polishing the cabin windows, and replacing some windows… in effect all tram cabins are getting a facelift. If all goes according to plan, the work should be completed and 6 new cabins will be installed by May 1.”

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Seven Steps for a Fun Family Colorado Spring Break

Families who travel together reap a lot of benefits: better health, reduced stress, renewed bonds and shared memories. Whether traveling a long distance for an extended trip or staying closer to home for a long weekend, spring break is the perfect opportunity for families to escape their daily routines of work, school, homework, chores, practices and carpools, and have some good old-fashioned fun. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers families a sure-fire plan to get rid of the doldrums:

1. Gain a new perspective from Mother Nature: The Adventure Park is nestled in the Rocky Mountains above Glenwood Springs, Colorado. After a scenic 10-minute gondola ride with views of snow-capped mountains, two rivers and the Roaring Fork Valley, you will feel nature’s calming effect kick in.

2. Learn something new to spark creativity: A guided tour of Glenwood Caverns provides the chance to learn about the area’s rich history and geology in a beautiful underground setting. Who knows what ideas might be triggered by a visit to the most highly decorated cave room in Colorado, filled with glittering formations?

3. Pump up the adrenaline: Get the heart pumping with a race down the mountain on the state’s longest Alpine Coaster. Unlike most thrill rides, you control the speed and can fly screaming around the curves and over the bumps, or use the brakes and go at your own pace as you wind through the trees.

4. Yuck it up: Laughter really is the best medicine. Throw in a few surprises and a scream or two, and the 4D Motion Theater can be a real mood-changer. Featuring three films: “A Night at the Toy Store,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”

5. Take out frustrations with a laser: A game of laser tag, that is. A little healthy competition in an Old West setting, using the latest in wireless laser tag technology, can help get everyone laughing again.

6. Break bread together: Talk about the day over a meal. What was each family member’s favorite part? What did they learn? What was the funniest thing that happened? An impromptu awards ceremony with silly photos can be turned into a memory book for the family to share.

7. Start planning: Now’s the time for a family time-out. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of travel: travelers rate their health higher while on vacation and report that they sleep better upon return; employees are more creative and productive after a vacation; and couples who travel together strengthen their relationships.*

Our mission is to make people smile — so our employees are dedicated to helping you have a good time. The Funday Pass this winter is just $30 per person and includes the gondola ride and unlimited access to the Alpine Coaster, Laser Tag Arena and 4D Motion Theater. Guests can add the guided Cave Tour for just $5 more.

The mountain-top Lookout Grille has a cozy fire and menu choices that include nachos, bratwursts, hot dogs, salads, soup, sandwiches, wraps, chili and Colorado-raised hormone-free burgers, ranging in price from $5.95 to $9.95. Kids can choose mac and cheese, a hot dog or a cheese quesadilla, with chips and a small drink for $5.95.

Conveniently located on I-70 midway between Aspen and Vail, the Adventure Park is close to many of Colorado’s top vacation destinations: three hours from Denver, four hours from Colorado Springs and 90 minutes from Grand Junction. Vail, Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Beaver Creek, Snowmass and Buttermilk are located within an hour of the park. Breckenridge, Winter Park, Powderhorn, Steamboat, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Ski Cooper and SolVista are within two hours.

Glenwood Springs features the world’s largest hot springs pool, hiking and biking trails, fishing, a vaudeville show, shopping, award-winning restaurants and affordable lodging options. The local Sunlight Mountain Resort offers downhill skiing and riding, trails for Nordic and snowshoeing, and snowmobile tours.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is currently open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday, but will extend its hours for spring. Beginning March 8, the park will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Follow us on Facebook for more information.

* More information about the benefits of travel is available from the U.S. Travel Association.

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Learning from the Best

With shorter hours and smaller crowds during the late fall and early winter, the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park management team takes time each year for team building, professional development and celebrating! They traveled to California in November for a team-building trip and as a reward for another successful year.

The team met with executives at some of the world’s top theme parks: Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farms, Magic Mountain and Disney California Adventure — including the new Cars Land.

They spent two days with Disney executives, learning about guest services, safety, quality audits, hiring and training. Nancy Heard, mountain operations manager, was very impressed by Disney’s impeccably maintained facilities and guest services, but her biggest “wow” moment was learning that they not only wash the streets every night, they dry them! Special projects manager Shiela Kendall’s biggest surprise was seeing the crew washing and polishing the trash receptacles. As you can tell from the photo, business development manager Eric Brotherson really enjoyed the pancakes.

After taking rare behind-the-scenes tours, experiencing the rides and attractions, and having in-depth discussions about the parks’ operations and best practices, the team brought back lots of ideas to enhance the customer experience here in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

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A Very Caverns Christmas!

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Twelve Season Passes … Eleven Caving Helmets … Ten Gemstones Gleaming … Nine Dollies Dancing … Eight Crystal Candies … Seven Children Grinning … Six Cavers Caving … Five Caverns Rings … Four Wild Cave Tours … Three Big Pens … Two Warm Gloves … And a Pucker Powder Candy!

Need help with your holiday shopping? Head to the General Store gift shop at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in scenic Glenwood Springs, Colorado!

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Winter at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Alpine Coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure ParkWe got our first taste of winter in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, last night as snow made its way through the state. That doesn’t stop the fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, which is open year-round.

During the winter months, you can spend a day at the Adventure Park for $30 with a Funday Pass. That gives you a round-trip ride on the Iron Mountain Tramway and unlimited access to the Alpine Coaster, 4D Motion Theater and Laser Tag Arena. You can add a guided Cave Tour for just $5 more. That means a family of four can play at the park and have lunch at the scenic Lookout Grille for less than $200.

The Alpine Coaster, which is the longest one in the state, is fun all year long — even in the snow. (This picture is from last winter; we don’t have that much snow on the ground yet this year!) At the 4D Motion Theater, you can enjoy three films: “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and “Night at the Toy Store.” The Laser Tag Arena offers the latest in wireless laser technology in an Old West setting, and is great for groups and birthday parties.

Our winter hours take effect on October 30: Open Friday through Monday each week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Tuesday through Thursday. The Adventure Park will offer extended hours over the holidays. During Thanksgiving, the park will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Nov. 16 to 26, except for Thanksgiving Day. It will be also be open daily Dec. 21 to Jan. 7, except for Christmas Day. For more information about the park, visit www.GlenwoodCaverns.com or call 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228, ext. 0.

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Flash Mob Invades Music on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park!

Flash Mob Dancers

The fourth season of Music on the Mountain concerts came to a close on Saturday night with a knock-out performance by The Missing Link Band and a first for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park: a flash mob! Community Banks of Colorado sponsored this concert, and employee Michele Diamond decided to have some fun with it and spice things up a bit.

“I’ve always wanted to be in a flash mob, so I decided to plan one myself,” Michele explained.

Flash Mob Dancer at Glenwood Caverns Adventure ParkShe worked with Christina Brusig, a dance teacher at Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, to choreograph the dance to the song, “It’s a Beautiful Day” by U2, and then coordinated it with The Missing Link Band. The dancers included Michele and other Community Banks employees, along with most of Christina’s dance class.

The Missing Link Band, the only band to perform each of the series’ four years, put on a great show that brought in 906 cans of food for the LIFT-UP food pantry. This year, there were 11 “cans-for-a-tram” concerts, including a special July 4 event to benefit the victims of the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs and a Christian Music on the Mountain evening. Altogether, the community donated 7,606 cans of food and personal care items.

In addition to Community Banks of Colorado, this year’s sponsors were Bighorn Toyota, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, KSPN, Coors, Swire Coca-Cola, Glenwood TV, Glenwood Insurance & Pinnacol Assurance and the Hotel Glenwood Springs. They helped make this the best year yet for Music on the Mountain!

Photos by Ashtyn Naylor

Flash Mob Dancer at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

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