Winter on the Mountain returns to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Mount Sopris looms in the background of a popular selfie spot at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park which is all decked out for Winter on the Mountain.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

Editor’s note: This article contained a wrong price of gondola tickets and didn’t have the Nov. 18 Santa visit.

The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, the only mountaintop theme park in the U.S., is turning into Winter on the Mountain, an event they’ve been doing since 2015. 

Nancy Heard, general manager of the Adventure Park, said everyone is welcome to bundle up and come enjoy the Caverns’ annual holiday celebration.

“Our annual Winter on the Mountain celebration is now underway and runs through January 7th! During this joyful event, Glenwood Caverns transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with a half-million magical lights, ice sculptures, rides, attractions, live music and festive food and drinks, as well as the occasional visit from Santa,” she said.

From Nov. 10 to Jan. 7, the park is adorned in half a million lights and some of them were set to decorate a 26-foot tall Christmas tree. The tree is said to be choreographed, the lights dancing to music. 

The Adventure Park will provide s’mores kits by the fire pits and marshmallows to roast. New items on the menu include hot chocolate, cider, and adult versions of them as well. 

One of the most important parts of the Winter on the Mountain event are visits from Santa. A part of the park will be turned into the North Pole to help Santa feel at home. Santa will visit from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 18, Nov. 25, Dec 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, and Dec. 23.

A secret about Santa is that, if children say they’re going to the park to see Santa, their admission fee will be waived; however, the adult accompanying them must still pay their own fee. 

Another great thing about the Adventure Park’s Winter on the Mountain is that they’re active at night. Not only that, but the Alpine Coaster will be running after the sun goes down as well — the track will be lined with lights and the carts will have headlights on them. Remember, the faster you go, the safer you are. 

Gondola Giving

Additionally, the Adventure Park will have musicians playing at the Lookout Grille from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday nights. Some of the caverns get spruced up with lights and finally, the Park has ice sculptures for children to run around and play on. 

In addition to Winter on the Mountain, the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park likes to find ways 

to give back to the community and one of those ways is something they call Gondola Giving. 

“In the last few years we’ve had the opportunity to help our community with the Gondola Giving program and our nonprofit partner, LiftUp – a local food bank that works to help individuals and families who face food insecurity,” Heard said. “From November 10-22, park visitors who bring in a $25 City Market or Natural Grocers gift card for LiftUp will be gifted four gondola tickets from the Caverns for their generosity. The gondola tickets are worth $120 and can be used through February. This long standing partnership is a win-win-win for our guests, for our community and for LiftUp.”

The Adventure Park also holds other events to give back to the community, like Music on the Mountain, collecting over 20,000 in charitable donations for nonprofits and supporting local youth groups. 
These tickets are only for the gondola, which are usually $30 each. Take the opportunity to not only turn four tickets into the price of one, but to help the community of Glenwood Springs. More information can be found here:

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