Day Two of my epic Cross-Country trip brought me through Utah and into Colorado heading up from Grand Junction to Denver, which would take me right by Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.
I'd wanted to visit the caves on my visits to the area over the past 15 years but I could never quite manage to find the time. I made sure I did this time, and I'm so happy I did. It's truly amazing!!
If you missed the first park of my trip, Adventuredome Las Vegas just click on the link.
Upon arriving to the park, you see that the best way to get to the park is via Gondola, which will take you the 7,000 feet up to the main park. There is also a shuttle that goes up to the park for those who don't wish to do the Gondolas.
I'm not afraid of heights AT ALL but even I was a little freaked out by the Gondola's given that I was riding solo, it was windy and they would periodically slow down to let passengers on or off.
Some views of the ride up
Once you reach the top you'll reach the actual park entrance.
Let's see what they have at the park shall we ...
The park uses the natural terrain very well and while the caves are the main draw, all of the rides they've installed over the past decade use the land to their full extent.
An overview of the parks entry area
There are few parks that use their natural setting as well as Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
The Mine Wheel
Unfortunately the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster was closed during my visit but that just means I'll need to visit again, which is just fine. =)
The two new attractions for 2014. The Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, which is already open and the Canyon Flyer which opened over the weekend. The Canyon Flyer will however be closed the next few days as they finish the paths around the ride. It should be open this weekend!!
Another reason to head back to the park!!!
I was most excited to ride the Alpine Coaster since I'd never been on one before. I'm sure they aren't all this awesome, I've heard this is one of the best.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to take any pictures or video while on the ride.
As a parent I love this sign explaining to kids that maybe they can ride next year if they aren't tall enough.
One of the new additions for this year is the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, which was awesome!!! Great views and great thrills.
The parks other coaster is the Wild West Express Coaster which is a fun little Zierer.
It's got a nice theme that fits the park well
Down in the Caver's Corner of the park you'll find the cave tours and more rides.
There were a few nature signs around the park
Spectacular Views everywhere you look
The Giant Swing is a standard S&S Screaming Swing but you'll see below that it features an amazing view.
I was unfortunately unable to do any of the cave tours since there were some thunder storms heading into Denver (my destination for the night) and I had to get on the road. Third reason to visit again, and we will definitely be doing that soon!!!
Some info on the Cave Tours:
As I headed back down the hill I was able to get some more pictures of the Alpine Coaster and views of the surrounding area.
More views of the Alpine Coaster
Another set of Gondola's heading up the hill
A look back up towards the park from the parking area. Truly awesome!!
If you'd like more info on the park, please visit their website at glenwoodcaverns.com
In addition to the park you can also stay at the Hotel Glenwood Springs which looked really awesome.