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Glenwood Caverns 25th Anniversary

Glenwood Springs Milestone: 25 Years of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, a top Glenwood Springs visitor attraction, is turning 25. The mountaintop theme park and newly named National Natural Landmark has big plans to throw a sky-high party this spring and you’re invited to join in the fun and festivities!

Exploring A Quarter of a Century at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Glenwood Springs, home to America’s only mountaintop theme park, is marking a major milestone in 2024 as Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park celebrates its 25th anniversary. Since opening in 1999, the park has become a peak experience destination for natural wonders and high-flying adventures drawing visitors from around the globe to its unparalleled blend of underground beauty and adrenaline-pumping rides.

The Journey from Dream to Reality

filming in fairy cavesIn 1999, Steve and Jeanne Beckley realized a long-held dream by opening Glenwood Caverns to the public. Their initial journey began in 1980 when Steve’s curiosity led him to explore the Fairy Caves. After nearly 20 years of negotiations and hard work, the couple ultimately acquired and reopened the caves after nearly a century of closure. It was a labor of love and dedication, culminating in a new beginning not only for the couple but also for the community of Glenwood Springs.

Partying Like It’s 1999

children playing music instruments at glenwood caverns adventure parkTo commemorate its 25th anniversary, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is hosting a celebration on May 18, inviting guests to “Party Like It’s 1999.” The festivities will feature live music, including a performance by Paizley Park, a Prince tribute band whose lead singer is a dead-ringer for the late legend. Guests are encouraged to embrace the spirit of the occasion and the fashion sense of the artist by donning shades of purple, Prince’s signature color. In addition to the musical entertainment, partygoers will enjoy special perks, including $10 throwback-priced gondola rides after 4 p.m. and swag bags filled with an assortment of goodies.

The Evolution of Adventure

View of the Defiance Roller CoasterOver the past 25 years, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has evolved into a thriving visitor destination, enhancing the town’s profile as an adventure town in the mountains. Cave tours give guests a glimpse of the underground landscape filled with stunning and pristinely preserved cave formations. Above ground, thrill rides give guests the chance to feel the wind in their hair on high-flying, over-the-edge rides. From the opening of the Iron Mountain Tramway in 2003 (updated to Glenwood Gondola in 2019) to the installation of the Alpine Coaster in 2005, and the most recent addition of the Defiance Roller Coaster in 2022, the park has continued to ramp up unforgettable experiences for visitors over more than two decades.

Named A National Natural Landmark

In 2023, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park along with its sister property Iron Mountain Hot Springs jointly received the prestigious designation as a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The accolade recognizes the Adventure Park’s geological features honed by Mother Nature over millions of years and the diverse lifeforms and ecosystems unique to the caves. This designation is a capstone achievement and one that highlights Glenwood Caverns’ commitment to preserving and showcasing the wonders of the natural world.

Plan To Join the Celebration

As Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park celebrates 25 years of thrills and exploration, visitors are invited to join in the festivities and make memories that will last a lifetime. Learn more about all of Glenwood Springs’ upcoming events and attractions. Make plans to visit Colorado’s favorite hot springs and adventure town today!

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Visit Glenwood Springs

We are pleased to announce the US Forest Service rebuild of the Hanging Lake Trail that is set to begin this spring will allow for hiking on a limited basis through the construction period. Reservations will be available weekly, with available hiking dates and times released every Tuesday at 8:00 am MDT. This system aims to streamline access to the trail during construction, while ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for all visitors.

 Visit the Hanging Lake page HERE for more information and the booking portal.