We had such a great time at Glenwood Caverns and Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, CO. Years ago, it started off as just a tour of these marvelous caverns, but as the lines to see the cabins built, the owners decided to add rides to help pass the time. Slowly, it turned into a full-fledged amusement park, complete with a variety of unique rides, food, entertainment and, of course, an adorable little gift shop. The most wonderful thing about it was the fact that it all rests on top of a mountain!
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When we drove up to Glenwood Springs Caverns and Adventure Park, we got in line to pay tickets. You have a choice to take the gondolas (your transportation up to the caverns and amusement park) only to take a picture of the beautiful view, or do the ride up with a tour of two different caverns while paying a per ride fee should you choose to do the rides separately, or, you can pay to do it all, which is what we did. We felt like the tickets prices were pretty reasonable for the experience.
Once we arrived at the top of the mountain by way of the gondolas, we entered into a central area that was adorable and western themed, serving as the main hub for dining, a gift shop, an entertainment stage, and other fun activities like sluicing. It was really cool. An information booth provided us times for both cavern tours and maps.
We immediately headed to our first find, the Speleo Box, which was probably my 8-year-old son’s favorite thing to do there. It simulates 300 feet of cavern passages. The average time to complete it is 15 minutes, but he kept trying to beat his time of 1:15. He really enjoyed the challenge and so did my 9 year old. The box can actually accommodate adults up to 6 ft tall, but beware, people afraid of tight spaces need not go inside!
We went to all the rides in the park, which can be done in half a day, however, since we chose to do the 2 cavern tours, each averaging about 40 minutes, we stayed there until about 5pm, having arrived at 10am.
The cavern tours were excellent, and I really enjoyed being in the cool 52-degree cavern during the summer afternoon heat, which made it a perfect time for the tour. We tried to do as many rides as we good earlier in the day.
By the way, I’ll have to mention that we purchased this backpack for all our outings. It has been so perfect because it collapses into a little purse when you don’t need it, yet holds so much when you do. I highly recommend it. Since the park allows you to bring outside food and drink, we were able to stuff lots of water bottles inside. Also, it comes in lots of different colors! I’ve attached my Amazon link here so you can check it out.
My 8-year-old son was able to do many of the rides being accompanied by an adult, including the Giant Canyon Swing, which is one of the most intense rides there, thrusting you high over a deep canyon below. It’s is supremely scary and thrilling all at the same time.
In summary, we really liked this park for several reasons:
- You can bring your own outside drinks and food, minus glass containers
- They will refill your water bottles for you, which I find a rarity in these types of parks since they’re trying to make as much money as they can.
- The staff of extremely friendly from beginning to end
- The rides were unique from other amusement parks, some of them being award-winning, like the Mine Drop. One of our other favorites was the Alpine Coaster, which simulates a sled action.
- The food was not extremely overpriced, unlike many other parks.
- The entire experience is up in a mountain, making for some breathtaking views. In one of our cavern tours, we leave the cavern momentarily to go onto a balcony and see the magnificent view of the canyon below. It’s breathtaking.