The year was 2003 and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park was still in its early stages of development. After four years of transporting guests to Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves via bus during the summer months, owners Steve and Jeanne Beckley needed a way to make the cave accessible year-round.
Travel up the winding Traverse Trail was limited by weather, and they felt the need to provide access to the tens of thousands of visitors yearning for a look at Colorado’s largest show cave. So, in April of that year, the Iron Mountain Tramway was opened to conveniently ferry passengers to the top of Iron Mountain.
Well, as the saying goes, it’s been one heckuva ride after fifteen years and more than 2.2 million visitors transported to America’s only mountain-top theme park. It has served us well throughout many phases of the Park’s development, but now it’s time to say goodbye to our old friend as we prepare to decommission it to make way for a new and improved, state-of-the-art detachable aerial tramway.
The new tram will triple the capacity of the current Iron Mountain Tramway. Featuring 44 detachable, six-passenger cabins, the new tram will transport up to 1,000 people every hour. The newer design and configuration will also allow the tram to better withstand the effects of high winds without impacting operations, while reducing wait times and weather-related closures.
The entire process will take several months and will begin at the end of October. During this time Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will be temporarily closed until expected completion in mid-March, with the new tram opening in time to ring in the spring break and summer seasons in 2019.
We’ll be celebrating the occasion with a Goodbye Tram party on Sunday, October 28, with throwback tram tickets for the 2003 price of just $10. There will be cake, prize drawings, giveaways, free refreshments and $1 hot dogs in the plaza, so be sure to come by for one last ride on the original Iron Mountain Tramway.