Glenwood Caverns to open new areas of cave tour to public
Ryan Summerlin April 30, 2013
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is doubling down as the summer season approaches by adding six cars to the Iron Mountain Tramway and expanding its popular Historic Fairy Caves Tour into caverns that have never been open to the public.
The new guided walking tour is twice the length of the original cave tour and includes a stop at Exclamation Point overlooking the Roaring Fork Valley. It also leads guests through the discovery and development of the Fairy Caves, which first opened to the public in 1897.
Recreated period lighting from the 19th century contrasts with state-of-the-art, energy saving LEDs. Rich colors in the ceiling of the Register Room and the pendants, boxwork formations and stalactites covered in cave popcorn are visible only on this tour.
Guests on the Kings Row Tour of the lower section of the caverns descend into Iron Mountain on lighted walkways into the most-decorated cave room in the state, featuring formations including stalactites,. stalagmites, soda straws, and cave bacon.
Cavern tours last about 50 minutes.
In order to accommodate more visitors and reduce waiting times, the park is in the process of adding six new cars to the Iron Mountain Tramway. Today is the last scheduled day for the tramway to be closed while the new cars are added.
The cars are manufactured by Leitner/POMA in Switzerland, and the existing tramway cars are being refurbished during the three days the tram is closed to add the new cars.
The tramway opened in 2003, 100 years after the original owner Charles Darrow proposed it to the city. This year also marks the 10th year the new owners, Steve and Jeanne Beckley, branded the attraction Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.
The 10th anniversary celebration is scheduled to kick off on Memorial Weekend with the season’s first Music on the Mountain concert on Friday, May 24, when guests can ride the tram and listen to live music by Dr. Robert, a Beatles tribute band., with the donation of a can of food for the LIFT-UP Food Pantry.
In addition to the caverns, the tramway provides access to the park’s other amenities, including the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster, the Wild West Express Coaster and Mine Wheel ride, the Giant Canyon Swing, Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, laser tag arena, climbing wall and dining at the Lookout Grille or Snack Shop.