Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has fun for the whole family. Explore their caverns and fairy caves, dine atop the mountain, pan for gemstones, take a ride on the Mountain Tramway. Play on the thrill rides - the Canyon Flyer, Swing Shot, and the 32-foot climbing wall - Doc's Rock, or enjoy the giant maze, the new 4D theater, and the new Laser Tag.
It can often be difficult to find a family activity that interests every individual family member. This is especially true when your kids’ ages range from 2 to 10 – like my family. That is why I’m pleased that my family discovered a family activity that appeals to every age group – including Mom & Dad, when we visited Glenwood Caverns Park in Glenwood Springs Colorado.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is located on the top of Iron Mountain, 1,300 feet above Glenwood Springs. Getting to the park requires a 4,300 foot long tram ride since there is no vehicle access to the top of the mountain. My 2 year old loved this part of our adventure – enjoying the views of Glenwood Springs and the Rocky Mountains in the glass enclosed tram car. My 6 year old, who is afraid of heights, was apprehensive at first but soon felt completely comfortable and enjoyed the ride.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s foremost activity is a guided tour through the historic fairy caves. If your family only has a few hours to visit the park, consider just purchasing the tram ride/cave tour package because the cave tour shouldn’t be missed. There is no age requirement to enjoy the cave tour - small children are to be carried in the front as no child backpacks are allowed. There are lockers at the cave entrance where you can leave your belongings. My two year old easily walked the trail unassisted. There were only a few sections of the tour where she requested to be held – primarily because she was a little scared of the dark and the “scary rock formations”. The tour lasts 70 minutes, but it seems to move quickly as the guide stops along the way pointing out specific cave features and telling historical anecdotes about the cave. My family’s favorite part of the tour was the room called “The Barn” – a 5 story room complete with every cave formations imaginable. Families do have to walk down 127 stairs to reach the bottom of this room, but the guide moves at an easy pace, stopping along the way to offer more info.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers a full day of family fun beyond the cave tour. If your family does have the full day to spend at the park, consider purchasing an unlimited ride and attraction pass. Most of the park’s rides and attractions are included with this pass. The cave tour can be added for just $5 more.
Thrill rides at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park include a Giant Canyon Swing which swings out over Glenwood Canyon, the Alpine Roller Coaster – the longest alpine coaster in Colorado and the new Soaring Eagle Zip Ride. The Alpine Coaster was our family’s favorite thrill ride. There are age requirements to drive the car alone, but kid’s over 3 years old are allowed to ride with an adult. The best part about this ride is you get to control your own speed. My 6 year old and I loved the challenge – trying to make it to the bottom without hitting the brakes. FYI – that last turn is a tough one to make without pulling up on the brake! My 10 year old and I braved the Giant Canyon Swing – screaming the entire time, especially when we hit zero gravity and felt as if we were floating 1,300 feet above the Colorado River below. Both of us were glad we tried the swing, but we agreed that one time was enough for us. The Soaring Eagle Zip Ride was not open when we visited the park, but we saw it tested and thought that it looked fun. You actually get to sit down in a seat while zipping rather than hanging from a harness like other zip-lines I have seen.
My family also enjoyed several other park activities such as laser tag, climbing wall, fossil dig sandbox, 4D Motion Theater, shooting gallery, bungee trampoline and the Fort WhereAmI Maze. My kid’s especially loved the park’s Fort WhereAmI Maze where they raced through a maze, reaching 4 different log fort towers in order to win prizes. My 2 year old even got in to the action - running around trying to keep up with her siblings.
I was very impressed with all of the employees at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. They were all very enthusiastic and accommodating – making sure our family was always having a good time. The park does have a small restaurant for meals and snacks – the Lookout Grille. We didn’t eat at the Lookout Grille since we had already packed our own picnic lunch but the restaurant’s setting is nice with its large windows looking out to Glenwood Springs below.
In summary, the best thing about Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is that there is something for everyone – from families who love to explore unique places to families looking for a few thrills. My family spent a wonderful day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park – each of us preferring something different, but everyone having a great time.
This review is based on complimentary passes that I received to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. I received no other compensation besides the passes and the park did not express any requirements that I express a particular point of view.
Oh, how my kids love the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. We all went through the fascinating cave tour when the park first opened years ago, but now all the kids want to do when we visit is play laser tag, "mine" for crystals, jump on the bungee trampoline and race through the cool human maze. The Alpine Coaster is great for an adrenaline rush; my adventurous daughter has gone on the crazy Swing Shot that flings you out hundreds of feet above Glenwood Canyon -- I have yet to attempt that one!
You can purchase tickets to each of these activities individually, but your best savings come if you buy a day pass for unlimited fun. Just be sure to check the age and height restrictions on some of the rides to make sure your young children (say 6 and younger) can enjoy them.
And no matter when you visit, be sure to lube on the sunscreen -- a must for any outdoor activities in the Colorado mountains.