A couple of new attractions at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs — just 30 minutes from my Colorado home — certainly captivated my kids, their cousins and a friend on a recent visit to this high-altitude theme park. We’ve long been fans of this local attraction — with its fascinating cave tours, thrill rides, 4-D movie theatre, gemstone panning and more. But now the adventure park is even better with the highest elevation roller coaster in North America at 7,100 feet above sea level. As you can see in this video (turn off the sound if you can’t handle two 12-year-old girls screeching), the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster overlooks Glenwood Canyon and the Colorado River, 1,450 feet below. Very cool!
You must be 48 inches to ride the Cliffhanger with an adult; 56 inches to ride alone. For smaller kids who don’t quite make the cut, consider the Wild West Express Coaster – a kiddie coaster that loops around four times on a wavy, circular track. Children only need to be 36 inches to ride with an adult, 48 inches to ride alone. Even some of my “big kids” got a kick out of the small coaster, closing their eyes or holding their arms in the air to make it more thrilling.
Another new ride this season is the Mine Wheel, a Ferris Wheel type of ride that is quite tame, but kids still need to be at least three feet tall to ride it with an adult (51 inches tall to ride alone). It’s cute, but we didn’t see too many people riding it on the overcast-turned-sunny day we were at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.
Of course, the Giant Canyon Swing, Laser Tag and our longtime favorite the Alpine Coaster also entertained the children (and me) during our 5-hour stint at the park. All of the rides I’ve mentioned are included in the Day Pass price, which is $42 for adults, $38 for children.
The 70-foot bungee jump that my 12-year-old daughter and her pal screamed their way through cost extra: $10 each. Well worth the thrill, they say (of course they did; mom paid for it!). Cave tours, gemstone panning and shooting gallery are also an additional fee. If you like you can just take the tram ride up to the top of Iron Mountain, where the rides and attractions are located, and just enjoy the great views of the valley or lunch at Lookout Grille.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park remains open with all outdoor rides operating through the fall. In the winter, the Laser Tag, 4-D Theatre and even the Alpine Coaster operate through the winter months.
If you’re road-tripping through Glenwood Springs, or planning a summer vacation next year, I continue to recommend Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park as a great place to spend the day, for all ages — in particular, school-age children who are tall enough to ride the thrill rides. Yet, with the addition of the mini coaster and the Mine Wheel, there’s now more for preschoolers, too. Truly, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is a fabulous place to spend the day in Colorado.
I received complimentary admission to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park for purposes of review.