Town invited to make tramway history |

Town invited to make tramway history

Lynn BurtonPost Independent Staff

Glenwood Springs will be full of thousands of potential history makers Saturday.When the Iron Mountain Tramway opens to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, first-day passengers will receive a commemorative button that says, “I Made History in 2003 – Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.”Tramway owners are not predicting how many folks might turn out for those first rides.”We’re preparing for crowds,” said spokeswoman Mandy Gauldin.The 4,300-foot-long tram-way, located just west of Two Rivers Park on Two Rivers Plaza Road, will whisk riders to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Exclamation Point restaurant in seven and a half minutes, with a three and a half minute wait between gondolas.Round-trip tram ride tickets are $10 for adults and teens, $9 for seniors, and $7 for children. For a tram ride and tour of the caverns, tickets are $15 for adults and teens, $13.50 for seniors, and $10 for children.A full day of activities is planned for Saturday.A ribbon-cutting celebration at the tramway base is set for 10 a.m., with music by the Glenwood Springs High School Pep Band and Melissa Miller. People can start boarding the tram after the ribbon cutting and ride up the mountain for more festivities at the top of Iron Mountain.A Ute Indian blessing and celebration will be held at 11 a.m.At noon, a duo of Austrians will entertain the crowd with yodeling, and the Flying Dog Bluegrass Band will play starting at 2 p.m. At 5 p.m., Dave Hill will entertain with his acoustic guitar, leading the day into a more mellow mood.Cave Tours will be offered all day long, and specials on appetizers and drinks will be offered all day at the Exclamation Point Restaurant.The tram will run until 10 p.m.Here are a few more details to keep in mind for Saturday’s grand opening:-Tickets go on sale at the tramway ticket office at 10 a.m.-The tramway’s eight gondolas are not heated, so riders should dress accordingly. Visitors who tour the Caverns will also need a jacket or sweater, because the temperature underground is about 50 degrees.-The Exclamation Point restaurant menu will be modified Saturday to primarily offer appetizers. The restaurant has inside and outside dining, and there are two observation decks that look down on Glenwood Springs.-Kids under 16 must be accompanied on the tram by an adult.-Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discovery credit cards, travelers checks and cash, but no personal checks.-Smoking is not allowed in the tram gondolas, inside the visitor’s center, or on Iron Mountain; smoking is allowed in a designated area on top of Iron Mountain, off the visitor’s center plaza.-The eight tram gondolas hold six passengers at a time; the tramway can transport up to 270 passengers per hour.-The gondolas are handicapped and wheelchair accessible; passengers have 45 to 50 seconds to load and unload on the gondola cars as they creep along the loading platform.-Pets are not allowed in the gondolas or on Iron Mountain.-Parking is available at the tram ticket office, to the north across Two Rivers Road, and at Two Rivers Park.-A Ride Glenwood Springs bus stop is near the tram base on Highway 6 & 24 at Devereux Road. The Highway 6 & 24 bus route passes by once an hour in each direction. For schedule information, call RFTA at 925-8484.Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext.

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