A Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park - Aspen Real Life

A Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

With demon mechanical bulls, thrilling swings, an alpine coaster, 500 million year old fairy caves, incredible views and so much more, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is a great place to visit!

PICT0019

(the pink socks belong to my niece, India)

[su_heading]A Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park[/su_heading]

March in Aspen is delivering the usual tease of beautiful spring-like weather, mixed with mid winter-like storms, but that is okay by me. Although I welcome the warm temperatures, I am not yet ready to put the skis away.

To capitalize on the warm weather, I took the kids to Glenwood Springs, the Banana Belt of the Roaring Fork Valley, and we visited the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

On our way on the tram up Iron Mountain, I took the opportunity to warn them that they would not be making their own gigantic pixie stick this time. I recognized the appeal for them to gleefully choose their own colors to pour into an enormous plastic straw but I also knew that watching them slowly drip into mental illness, with every shake of sugar  into their mouths, was something I should avoid at all cost.

The boys were very disappointed that Demon the mechanical bull, the swing shot and the 4-dimensial theater were closed for the off-season, but we were all very excited to experience the new addition of laser tag.

We walked into the room to put on our vests and get familiar with our laser guns and Tucker began to whimper. I was overly pumped up to finally play this game and would have none of it.

I checked in with the attendant, as I always do, to make sure that there would be an escape route if needed. I was very thankful when the nice young man gently coaxed Tucker into joining us and even let us do a trial run before charging us, which was a good thing because I played the entire first game with the laser gun pointed backwards at myself, all the while wondering why it wasn’t working. Sometimes I really question my intelligence level.IMG_3131

IMG_3138

Laser tag was far more fun than I had ever imagined with mother’s tagging their sons, kids tagging their grandparents and Brevitt and I repeatedly crashing into each other in a wild frenzy to win. We spent the entire day in that room laughing, screaming and tagging each other.

Every now and then, Tucker and I would take a break and sled down the Canyon Flyer, an alpine coaster where you can go as fast as you dare. By the last ride Tucker was screaming with joy, pushing me to go full tilt and I was praying for the sled to stay on the track as we careened around the corners.

The last time we were at The Caverns Axel and his cousin, India, rode the Swing Shot.A Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Even though India’s eyes were tightly shut, I was amazed at how brave they were as the swing pulled them back, ready to catapult them 1,300 feet above the Colorado River. If truth be known, I was slightly relieved that I wasn’t going to have to watch them do it again this time.

We also took the 70 minute Cave Tour the last time we were there. The tour has been ranked in the top 10 by USA Today, and I also highly recommend it. The guide worked well with the children, opening their imaginations to the wonders of the historic fairy caves dating back about five million years.  We twisted and turned until we ended in a magnificent cavern with stalactites and stalagmites.

What is not very advertised, and something that I must enlist Wade to with the boys one day, is to take the Wild Tour of the Caverns. A three and a half hour, on-your-belly tour of the caverns, taking you off the beaten path to reach greater depths into the mysterious caves.

We are going to have to return in the summer to dig for mining treasures and experience the Alpine Rush, a zip line that takes you on a thrill ride 650 feet downhill, over the tree tops, at speeds up to 50 miles per hour.

As we stood in our shorts waiting for the tram to take us down, I prepared myself for tomorrow’s adventures that I had no doubt, judging from the ominous clouds hovering over the incredible Southern View,  would take place back on the slopes.

Be sure to visit The Caverns website for their hours, prices and to find out what is open. I found that the most economical way to enjoy the park is to either buy a day pass for $39 or to purchase the Annual Thrill Pass for $100.

 

Sharing is Caring 💙

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

7 thoughts on “A Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park”

  1. Hi Jillian! That sounds like a fantastic place – wish we’d taken our kids there on our Colorado vacation! So much to see – so little time!

    I am ready for spring and damn glad to put the snow shovel away! I know after one or two days of spring clean up in the yard I’ll regret this enthusiasm! haha! Oh well – off to the massage place I will go!

    Hugs
    suZen

    Reply
  2. Jillian….I almost just woke the children up in peels of laughter with you holding the laser gun backward and bumping into Brevitt!!!
    You do such wonderful adventures with your children!
    I get so very homesick for my family when I read your articles. Atleast they keep me in the loop with your wonderful writing
    xoxo

    Reply
    • Hello Mouse,

      It is always greener on the other side. I tell Michele that I feel that her life is so much more adventurous than ours. I think I will try and add the adventure this year with Tucker being a little older, it’s time.

      I get homesick for all of us together also and sooo very sad that our lives are not what they used to be, even though they were quite dysfunctional they were still fun and filled with travel and good meals!

      Reply

Leave a Comment

Check us Out on Instagram

Check us Out on Facebook

13 hours ago

Aspen Real Life
#4 ASPEN BUSINESS CONNECT REAL PROFILES WITH LEX LUCIUS, Artist, Designer. www.instagram.com/tv/CKfp_c0lwjl/From our blog: "For the past decade, I have been the sole fabricator of the Herbert Bayer estate sculptures....The resulting works that I created have been placed in private collections and corporate locations throughout the country, including two monumental works recently installed across from The Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN. The work of bringing Bayer’s models to the public continues in my new location in Basalt, where I am working on midsize versions that may one day be realized on a monumental scale. I am also working on my own painting and sculpture and would enjoy fabricating for other valley artists. My studio is open to visitors by appointment. Lex Lucius Design 1712 Willits Lane Building 5A Basalt, CO 81621 lexlucius@gmail.com www.lexlucius.com 505-603-7161LEARN MORE ABOUT LEX: www.aspenreallife.com/fabricating-the-sculpture-of-a-treasured-aspen-artist/ Lex Lucius Aimée Dale-Lucius ...
View on Facebook

17 hours ago

Aspen Real Life
Coffee Chat this morning. Click on the link to meet our professional social network. I promise, you'll be inspired and leave with a renewed energy for your work and for the incredible connections you make. ...
View on Facebook

17 hours ago

Aspen Real Life
Let me tell you what it’s like living with these mountains outside our window.I sit and meditate to their energy and receive messages to keep going on my path. To persevere.When I am on the phone with my beloved 83 year old mother I get reassured that she is okay and I soon will be able to be with her again.When I am exhausted and frustrated I look up from my work and they beckon me to drop it all and come play to reset.When I get a call from a friend in need the mountains urge me to stop what I am doing and go help.and when the sun hits the peaks in the morning they seem to call me to awake and attack the day with enthusiasm and positivity.Our mountains. Feel the energy. Listen to the messages. Get after it. #mountainlife#aspenreallife#themountainsarecalling ...
View on Facebook

1 week ago

Aspen Real Life
Aspen Real Life's cover photo ...
View on Facebook