There’s no shortage of Glenwood Springs activities for the whole family, but number one on most visitors’ lists is the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Perched atop the 8000-foot Iron Mountain that sits just across the street from the hotel, it’s America’s only mountaintop theme park! The gondola to access the park is right in our parking lot, meaning you can avoid the hassle of parking and just walk to the entrance with your family when you’re ready for adventure.
Discovered in 1885, Glenwood Caverns (originally the Fairy Caves) are the largest show caves in America. The cave tour will guide you a quarter of a mile through underground passages on well-lit passageways. Or for an even wilder adventure, try the three-hour Wild Cave Tour, which takes you to areas of the cave you’d never see otherwise!
For small children, there are tons of fun activities at the top of the mountain, including the 4D motion theater, climbing wall, gemstone panning, laser tag, a shooting gallery, old-timey photo booth, and more!
For bigger kids (and adults, too!), check out the one-of-a-kind thrill rides that you’ll only find here. From the world’s first underground drop ride to the world’s only alpine coaster to the jaw-dropping Giant Canyon Swing that dangles you nearly 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, there’s something to get any thrill seeker’s heart pumping. If you visit in the winter, just check the website to make sure the rides are open.
Once you’re ready to tone things down, you can kick back and relax at the restaurant, featuring patio dining and sweeping views of the surrounding valley, or peruse the gift shop for local souvenirs.