There are plenty of places in Colorado where a family can enjoy the outdoors and nature, but few offer as much as Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Fairy Caves. There is a gondola that offers 50-mile views of the surrounding valleys, mountains, and wildlife. The caves also offers a day's worth of fun exploration. The tour lasts 70-minutes and was ranked by USA Today newspaper as one of the top 10 tours. These caves date back to more the five million years old, and will provide an intense look into the geological history of the earth.
The cave tour is a walking tour that is designed for visitors of all ages. The tour will guide you through the caves on a safe, well lit path that provides handrails for your comfort. Rooms include The Barn and King's Row, both featuring stalagmites and stalactites. You will also learn about cave bacon and soda straws, formations that occur deep within the caves.
Kids will love a visit to the adventure park following their exploration of the caves. The park offers a bungee trampoline, a chance to dig fossils in the sand pit, and an opportunity to mine for gemstones. The Swing Shot allows daring visitors a chance to be launched out over Glenwood Canyon, which is more than 1300 feet above the Colorado River. You can also ride the Canyon Flyer, the only alpine roller coaster in the state.
Adults will love a ride on Demon the Mechanical Bull. This ride offers a great photo opportunity for visitors to the park, and was named for the Glenwood Springs High School mascot. Discovery Rock is a great place for kids to learn about gemstones and excavation. Visitors have a chance to mine and pan while in the area. There is also Doc's Rock Reach, a 32-foot climbing wall named for Doc Holliday. It features five different climbing routes and is an exciting way to get some exercise while visiting the park. For WhereAmI is designed for all ages, and kids can race and play in an attempt to win prizes.
For those who would like an in-depth tour of the caverns and caves, opt for The Wild Tour. Experienced cavers are able to explore deep within the caves, walking and crawling into areas few see while visiting the caves. Call ahead for reservations if you are interested in this extreme tour of the caves. The Wild West Adventure Wagon Climb allows visitors to travel in Conestoga Wagons just like in the days of the cowboys. Riding along bumpy trails, you will feel as if you are a real part of the Wild West. A tour guide will narrate your journey. Kids love this opportunity to ride on the wagon, and adults will enjoy the experience, too.
Following your day of fun, head to the Lookout Grille for a bite to eat. Fare includes soups, salads, sandwiches, and a kid's menu with plenty of choices for everyone. A day at the Glenwood Caverns and Fariy Caves is one your entire family will enjoy.