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“Stranded at Adventure Mountain - Like a Bad Hitchcock Movie” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Glenwood Caverns

Glenwood Caverns
51000 Two Rivers Plaza Rd, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
1-800-530-1635
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Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour, Kayaking, Skiing, Snowboarding, Mountain biking
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Owner description: Located in historic Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers a unique mountain-top adventure that's fun for the whole family. Featuring three guided tours of Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves, voted "One of the Top 10 Places to Go Underground" by USA Today; Colorado’s longest alpine coaster; America's highest-elevation roller coaster; a giant swing; tram rides; a zip ride; a 4D theater; laser tag; climbing wall; restaurants; and breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery. Great for groups, family reunions and birthday parties.
Denver, Colorado
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“Stranded at Adventure Mountain - Like a Bad Hitchcock Movie”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2009

We visited Adventure Mountain this past Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, 2009. First, the good aspects: the ride up the tram was spectacular. Most of the staff are super nice and friendly. The caves were beautiful, and we all loved the alpine slide. We highly recommend both attractions. (One of the cords broke on the bungee trampoline while my friend's daughter was jumping, however, so that was not such a good experience.)

Now, the bad and the ugly. When we came out of the cave tour Sunday afternoon, the weather was beginning to change. The wind had kicked up and as we lined up for the tram ride down, the operator told us it was 'temporarily' closed. After waiting about 40 minutes, he told us to gather in a nearby tent where the wind was whipping through and it was uncomfortably cold; there was no organization or line, and people who had just walked up were suddenly ahead of people who had been waiting before.

We asked the operator what the waiting policy or back-up plan was, and he told us that normally they'd take us down in a bus but it couldn't run because there was too much snow on the dirt road. We asked if we could walk down and he said no, it was at least a three-hour hike down on the same road. They finally found a van to take us out, but we had to wait another hour before the van arrived. Incredibly, they could only take 14 people at a time in the van and it was at least a 30-minute round trip down and up the mountain. By now there were hundreds of tourists crammed in the open tent, freezing in the raging wind as the manager came in waving 14 precious tickets and nonchalantly asked "Who would like to go first?"

The most astonishing part of this situation was that even as the desperate crowd was gathering at the top of the mountain, when the van arrived it was full of more unsuspecting tourists! We finally got down the mountain -- several hours late -- and we considered ourselves very lucky because we were in the first group out; I hope some others that were in a later group will post about their experience.

Bottom line: If you are going to visit Adventure Mountain in the wintertime, check the weather report before you leave or you may get more 'adventure' than you bargained for. Bring warm clothes (a flask could come in handy, too) and be forewarned that you could get stuck up there for a very long time!

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GlenwoodCaverns, Public Relations Manager at Glenwood Caverns, responded to this review, April 23, 2009
Please accept our sincere apologies for your recent experience at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. While we try to plan for all types of situations, the reality of life in the mountains is that sometimes Mother Nature gets the best of us. Our first priority is always the safety of our guests. Though your experience was not what anyone would hope for, please know that we were doing our best to keep you safe. We will contact you directly to answer any questions you might have.
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“Great family fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2008

After hemming and hawwing on whether it was worth it to go to Glenwood Springs from Breckenridge for this, we ended up staying 10 hours. We closed it down.

Our group included kids from age 5 thru 19.

Note - we didn't partake in the cave tour.

At first the lines for the attractions were long and slow - about 20 minutes. Then it thinned out as the day wore on.

The attractions are fun and kept up well. Workers were international from a eign work to travel program. They were mostly good workers and fun to be around for a day.

Alpine Slide - called Canyon Flyer was the best and we never tired of it. The Swingshot - which hangs you out 1000+ feet over the canyon is a thrillng experience. The chair zipline was a fun ride too but not of the scary sort.

The lesser attractions - like the bullriding, bungee trampoline, maze, and climbing wall were excellent for the littler ones in our group. All of this was very accessible. Things for parents and kids do together.

It was the sort of fun that is best shared with kids of all ages. Perfect for our group.

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“Just gets better and better”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2008

We have been going to the caves since it opened and every year it gets better and better. We’re local and I can honestly say the locals love it just as must as our summer/year round guests. It’s beautiful, the staff is awesome and it’s fun for the entire family. You won’t be disappointed and you will be back!!!

This is something not to be missed on your trip to Glenwood. I could go into detail on all there is to see and do but you really should see for yourself. Remember the sunscreen and the weather can close some parts of the park so check the forecast :-)

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“Way Overpriced!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2008

We went to the Glenwood Springs Adventure Park and Caverns and were disappointed because of the cost. Just to get into the park, it cost our family $34 for the tram ride into the park. Then, if you want to do anything at the park, you have to buy tickets for each ride. One ticket costs $2.50. Just to ride their "roller coaster" would cost each person $7.50 (a 3 ticket ride), so for four people, that's an additional $30 for one ride.

Granted, you can buy their "Day Pass" which allows you unlimited access to all the rides except horse-back riding and the cave tour for $37 per adult. For another $5, you can also get a cave tour with your day pass. While this may seem like a deal, keep in mind there are less than ten attractions on the mountain and you are paying more at this park than you do at other amusement parks with the caliber of a Six Flags reputation. Frankly, only $30 more and you can get into DisneyLand and this is definitely no Disneyland, folks.

In their favor, the view is spectacular, but the cost is toooooo much. I would rather have used the money we spent to get into the park on something else for my kids, but live and learn!

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Gladstone, MO
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“Special trip with the grandkids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2008

Each year, I take several of my grandkids on a special trip. This year, we picked Glenwood Caverns in Glenwood Springs. It was a very nice choice, and I have a feeling we'll be back. I loved the gondola ride and the tour of the caves. The kids tried the rides too. The coaster ride was their favorite, but the older 2 kids also tried the big swing and liked it too. Theres a lot to pick from, I think we could have spent another whole day there and had just as much fun. I recommend this to other grandparents looking for a real treat for their grandkids. Its more manageable than the huge amusement parks, and its different, something they will always remember.

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