FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To reach the Park, at Glenwood Springs take exit 116 off of I-70, and turn north toward stop light, moving into left-turn lane. Turn left at the stop light, travel a short distance along the hotels, watching for the overhead tram, and watching on the left-hand side of the road for our sign.
Turn left on Devereux, and take the next right into our parking area access road. The ticket office for the Park is at the Tram Base.
- AAA members receive 10% off the tram.
- Military and Seniors receive 10% anything purchased at the park.
- Group discounts are available to groups of 20 or more.
Be sure to tell the cashier prior to purchasing to receive these discounts. Please call (970)945-4228 ext. 0 for more information.
Are there age, height or other restrictions
for any of the attractions?
– Riders minimum 38 inches tall and 3 years or more in age can ride in the same car with an adult (minimum age 16 yrs).
– You must be at least 16 years old to carry a passenger.
– For children unable to ride alone, riding with full-priced adult, the child's cost is 1 ticket ($4).
– Maximum combined weight 350 lbs.
– Riders must be at least 48" tall to ride with an adult (adult minimum age is 16 yrs).
– Maximum combined weight 800 lbs
– There is a charge for each vest that goes out.
– Adult is free with child under 5.
– Minimum 51" height to ride alone.
– Child may sit in lap of adult in a non-motion seat.
– Not recommended for children under 3 years old.
– Children under 3 yrs are free if sitting in lap in non-motion seat.
– 48" minimum height to ride alone.
– 36" minimum height to ride with adult.
– Tour is not recommended for persons who are pregnant or have heart or respiratory problems
– Lower section of cave tour includes 127 steps.
– Not recommended if you are claustrophobic, are pregnant, or have heart or respiratory problems.
*** Anyone younger than 18 years of age must have a parent's or guardian's consent and signature on a Wild Tour Liability Waiver to participate.
A. If you're going on a cave tour you will want comfortable walking shoes. You may also want a long-sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, or sweater because it's 52 degrees in the cave. Some people seem fine in a T-shirt, but this may be due to physique and metabolism.
Q. Can I take pictures and video in the cave?
A. Yes you can. However, in order to protect the caves no tripods are allowed.
Q. Can my infant go on the cave tour?
A. Yes, we even offer front packs up top you can borrow to carry them. Back carriers are not allowed. If you are worried the infant will disrupt the tour, stay toward the back and if they continue to be a nuisance ask your guide if you may leave early.
Q. Can I take my food, water, and backpack in the cave?
A. No, these items are not allowed. There are places in the cave where a backpack will scrape against the cave and damage formations. These restrictions are for the protection of the cave. Storage lockers are available near the start of the cave tour where you can store your items for a quarter.
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more Frequently Asked Questions:
- Alpine Coaster - riding alone or with an adult in an individual car, you'll be cruising down an alpine slope surrounded by Colorado’s gorgeous scenery
You must be 8 years old & taller than 56" to ride the Coaster alone.
Children must be at least 3 years of age and 38 inches tall to ride with an adult 16 years of age or older. Your child's cost is 1 ticket ($3). Max combined weight 350 lbs
- Discovery Rock - gem stone sluice box mining and a sand pit fossil dig
- Climbing Wall - a 32' climbing wall with five routes of varying difficulty
Minimum weight 45 lbs
- FortWhereAmI Maze - Kids love finding their way through the labyrinth of twists and turns in this fort-style maze. Compete against the clock and each other for fun and prizes. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult
- Giddy Up - Lifts up to seven riders into the air, and then lowers them back down to the ground in a bouncing motion that creates a negative G-force, providing a thrilling ride every time 3" Minimum height. (Maximum combined weight 750 lbs)
- Iron Mountain Tramway - gondola ride with incredible mountain views
- Laser Tag - old West shoot-out using the latest in wireless laser technology
Recommended 5 years and older. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult
- Mine Shaft Shootin' Gallery - an electronic shooting gallery with animated, Western-themed targets that test each shooter's skills and concentration
- Mine Wheel - This Ferris-wheel-style ride carries you 'round and 'round, with views of the Adventure Park and the Roaring Fork Valley below
Minimum 51" height to ride alone, Minimum 36" height to ride with adult
- Wild West Express
family coaster - Zip around the track through bumps and kid-friendly curves.
48" min height to ride alone 36" min height to ride with adult
- 4D Motion Theater - Enjoy the first 4D theater in Colorado - with moving seats, surround sound, and special effects that make you feel like you're inside the movie!
Riders must be able to sit in a seat by themselves; Not recommended under 3 yrs; Small children may sit in lap of adult in non-motion seats
- Cave Tour - a 70-minute guided walking tour of Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves (Strollers and backpacks are not allowed inside the caves. Small children should be carried in arms or in a front pack.)
For more info on our Cave Tours visit our Cave Tour Web Page
- Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves is protected by two airtight doors forming an airlock, as well as temperature and humidity monitors.
- When building the Iron Mountain Tramway, the towers were brought in by helicopter so that no trees were removed from the mountainside during construction.
Charles W. Darrow, a pioneering Glenwood Springs attorney, opened the Fairy Caves to the public in 1895. History does not record why he chose the name Fairy Caves, but historians have speculated that it was because fish-tail-like helictites found within the cave may have reminded Darrow of the wings of fairies.
Victorians frequently discussed the possibility of the existence of fairies, and perhaps Darrow and his family were familiar with the popular works of Andrew Lang, a Scottish scholar who published an extensive best-selling book series of fairy tales for children in the late 1800s.
Fairies have always symbolized good luck and happiness. Nineteenth-century tourists, as well as today's visitors, share a desire for good luck and happiness. Another theory of the origin of the name Fairy Caves is that one of Darrow's daughters felt that the light from her lantern reflecting off the droplets of water in the cave looked like fairies dancing around the caves.
No matter what the real reason for the name Fairy Caves, the caves were magical and had an emotional appeal for the early Colorado pioneers. Both children and adults enjoy the fantasy of glittering fairies dancing around within the cave to bring good luck and happiness to all.
In the event of a tram closure, transportation will be provided using buses. Please check in at the tram base or upper tram to obtain a bus pass.
Rain checks will be issued in the event that ALL of the following rides are closed for more than 60 continuous minutes due to weather: Alpine Coaster, Cliffhanger Coaster, Zip Ride, Giant Canyon Swing and Glenwood Canyon Flyer. Please visit Guest Services to receive your rain check.
Keep in mind that storms come and go quickly and your best option may be to wait out the storm!
Yes. Our Annual Thrill Pass provides unlimited access to most of the park’s attractions for a full year. Annual passholders also receive discounts on all attractions, as well as in the gift shop and restaurants.
Annual Tram Pass holders enjoy unlimited rides on the Iron Mountain Tramway for a whole year, plus discounts.
Read more about our pass options and prices.