Summer is in full swing at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, America’s only mountain-top theme park. It’s the season that sees the highest volume of visitors. Be theme park savvy and check out our best insider tips to keep the good times rolling all day long!
- Plan for the crowds. Peak season for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is from mid-June through mid-August. If avoiding crowds is important to you, plan your visit to fall outside the busiest time of year.
- Arrive early at the tram base. In the summer months park hours begin at 9 a.m. If you arrive ahead of that time at the Iron Mountain Tramway you can be among the first to board rides at the mountain-top theme park.
- Choose a cave tour upon arrival. Make your first stop the General Store gift shop where you can check the guided cave tour schedule. Tours fill up fast and tend to be in higher demand later in the day, so show up a few minutes before the tour is scheduled to begin.
- Eat. Avoid hunger pangs and the grumpiness that comes with it. Mountain-top dining choices include the Lookout Grille, the Snack Shack and the Popcorn Wagon. High noon is everyone’s favorite time to eat, so for quicker service grab a bite before or after that time.
- Come later in the day. Most days the Park is open until 9 p.m. Consider visiting in the late afternoon. Crowds tend to dissipate by this time of day and temperatures cool off. You might even be able to catch an instagrammable sunset overlooking the Roaring Fork Valley from the viewing deck.
- Be ready for summer weather. Inclement weather, especially afternoon thunderstorms are common in Colorado. When storms are in the area, the Park may have to temporarily shut down rides. Fortunately, they typically blow through quickly and don’t last long. We advise waiting it out. Grab a snack or drink, play laser tag or head to the 4D Theater for a short movie. It’s usually not long before the sun is shining again.
- Wear sunscreen. Glenwood Caverns Park is located at 7,100 feet in elevation. Even on cloudy days the sun’s rays can burn and damage skin. Don’t panic if you forget your sunscreen, the Park has plenty for guests to use, and it’s free! Other ways to prepare for a day at the park include wearing comfortable shoes, light colored clothing, a hat and bringing along a rain jacket just in case.
- Stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to irritability, headaches, dizziness, nausea and worse, none of which you want to experience on your vacation. Glenwood Caverns has water-bottle-friendly fountains where you can replenish, or you can purchase a drink with a refillable cup at the Lookout Grille and refill it for just $1.
- Plan ahead. Our goal is to put a smile on the face of every guest. We never want you to be disappointed if a ride is closed for maintenance or if you wait in line for a ride only to find out that your child doesn’t meet the height or weight requirements. If we have a temporary ride closure we’ll post it on our website, along with the physical requirements for all of rides. We want the only surprises you encounter to be happy ones.
- Buy tickets online. Save time by purchasing Park admission tickets online. Funday passes are our best value and include the tram, 2 cave tours, and unlimited access to rides and attractions.
Take it from us, these 10 simple tips will help ensure your next visit to America’s only mountain-top theme park is an over-the-top experience for everyone in your family or group. Learn more at www.glenwoodcaverns.com.