The main reason we went to Glenwood Springs was the Hot Springs Pool, but there is also another great attraction that you must see when you go to visit, the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park! At first we actually were not going to visit the park. We went to ride the gondola up and down the mountain, because the ones in Vail and Aspen were closed. But once we got to the top and saw all the fun things there were to do, we bought a few tickets. After a few rides, we ended up buying the day pass and it was so worth it! We had such a fun family day. This day was all about Lennox. Plenty of this vacation was about Mom & Dad but we made sure that this day, was about Lennox. She got to do everything she wanted!
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is located right in the heart of Glenwood Springs and immediately across from where we stayed! It opened mainly for the 2 caves that they have, one of which is Colorado’s largest show cave. Once up there, you will find out there are a ton of other things to do! They have Colorado’s first alpine coaster, Ferris wheel, zip line, roller coasters, 4D rides, panning for gems and so much more! I would highly recommend it – it’s worth the price!
We started our day by going up the Gondola. This was the first time Lennox had been on something like this and I was unsure if she would be scared of the height, but she wasn’t at all!
Once up the mountain, Lennox wanted to pan for gems! She had so much fun finding her treasures. It works like most other places work – you get a big bucket of dirt that has treasures in it, she pours out a little at time and sifts it in the running water. We found lots of beautiful stones, gems and even an arrowhead.
After panning for gems, Kyle brought Lennox on the alpine coaster. This girl is scared of nothing! She got right in the little car and down the mountain she went. This Alpine Coaster brings you 3,4000 feet down the side of a mountain going very fast! She immediately wanted to do it again and again and again. This is when we realized we need to just buy the day pass that lets you do everything as many times as you want!
A ride that is a little calmer is the Mine Ferris Wheel. It is a slow and easy ferris wheel for all ages. You get a nice view of the area from atop the mountain as well!
Later in the day we went into the two caves that are within this mountain. They are very different from the caves we went to in Texas but still very cool – especially for Lennox. The first cave we went into was the Fairy Cave. Can I just say, it was the cutest thing to hear Lennox talk about how Fairies lived in this cave, how she may have seen one AND that the little puddles that were around, were where they went swimming and took a bath? CUTE!!
After heading out of the Fairy Cave, we rode some more rides and then headed into the best showcave in Colorado, Kings Row Cave. This one is much more of a decorated cave where you go down deeper into the cave and get to experience TOTAL darkness. You don’t know dark until you have experienced darkness underground.
While in the Caves, there is an observation area that you can go out onto – this is the view – just beautiful! I loved how there was still snow on the top of the mountains in June!All in all, it was a GREAT day! It was not very busy at all – I don’t know how busy it does get, but in June, it was great – not empty but not busy at all. The longest we waited was for the Alpine Coaster for maybe 10 minutes. Other times we just got right on. I would highly recommend visiting if you have time while visiting Glenwood Springs!