A couple of weeks ago, a colleague slipped a newspaper article under my office door. It was about a roller coaster set on a mountain top 2 km high. I looked at the photo and wondered where the heck was this from? Was this about Ghost Town in the Sky? No, it was about a completely different park, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, in Colorado, where they'd just opened a new coaster on top of a mountain. By chance, Cheryl and I were flying to Denver for a family affair, so we added it to the itinerary.
Here's the original article shared by a colleague. It says (in Dutch, I work in the Netherlands): "Roller coaster 2 kilometers up" and "It's crazy to see a canyon coming at you". We had to see this for ourselves.
We drive about 3 hours west of Denver to Glenwood Canyon. It's in the town of Glenwood Springs. Unfortunately, they tell us, it's too windy for the cable car to bring us to the top.
Here's one of the tram cars. Normally they run every five minutes. We were a bit disappointed. The tram ride plus park entry is $12, and you can add the cave tour for an extra $10. Of course we went with the full day pass, which was $42, but doesn't include the cave tour, an extra $5 in that case.
You're not allowed to drive up yourself, so the park provides these buses when the tram is down. I didn't take any pictures of the bus ride because my knuckles were white from holding on.
When you get to the top, the first thing you see is a bungee tower plus the first credit, a Zierer Tivoli Small. Wild West Express.
Nice little coaster.
Now check this out! Alpine slide! We were advised not to use brakes unless facing a sled in front of us! It was awesome.
I would love to work for Wiegand.
There was a climbing wall (left) and some goofy audio animatronics in the outhouses telling jokes.
Nature trail to Cliffhanger
There's a maze.
And finally Cliffhanger.
It's a Hurricane layout. This one came from Celebration City in Branson. The coaster is standard, but the setting is not.
With the operator's permission, I was allowed to take a fully secured camera on board, but it's a violent ride so I didn't get much. Just this one...
And this is the closest thing I got to a money shot. It's breathtaking.
This is riding the uphill lift after the Alpine Coaster.
Some of you may remember Lauren from past TPR trips. She'll be joining us in China too.
Lauren and I decided to try the upcharge ($10) bungee jumping. It was definitely fun, but not very organized. We had to wait a long time for our jump after harnessing up. Of course it didn't help that some lady chickened out after 20 minutes on the ledge.
Here's proof of Lauren's jump.
...and mine. :-(
A few kiddie flats.
Unfortunately we didn't have time for the cave tour. The yellow flag is where the cave was first discovered. A very nice park official, Bob, explained to me that the park started with the tours, which became so popular that the tramway was built. This year was a major expansion, and they've purchased additional land for further expansion.
Here's a real highlight: An S&S Power Screamin' Swing right on the edge of a cliff!
It only has 4 seats, but the side that Cheryl's on beats out anything I've ever seen. Liseberg's is pretty dramatic, but this blows it away.
Alpine slide track.
Another fun attraction: one of those crazy automatic ziplines that are popping up now, like the one at Dixieland in Georgia. This one's on a mountainside. Fun.
They have laser tag for the winter months.
Sharp looking logo.
Here's that nice park official Bob and a staffer named Melinda.
Big gift shop with helpful staff.
There's also a big restaurant with a huge outdoor deck looking out and then another deck above for vistas.
Tramway back down.
We had a great day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park!
Hopefully this report will put this neat little park on people's radar and we'll see more great things in the future. Thanks for checking it out!
Last edited by milst1 on Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:22 pm.
Very cool, thanks for the photos. I didn't realize that this park is starting off in a very similar fashion to SDC, what with the popular cave tours leading to adding rides and attractions.
I'm surprised that the new coaster made the news in the Netherlands. I know it's on a mountain, but it's not like it hangs over the cliff or anything. I hope they are able to save up for a custom coaster that actually takes advantage of the terrain one of these days.
I agree totally that they should keep building and build something cool.
I did contact the reporter. I think he's just driving cross-country or something and just sending in interesting stories as he goes. You're right that it's not earth shattering, but I for one am glad for the heads up.
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