coloradocarol on Trip Advisor
11 years ago
09/16/2009, 16:20 PM
We had a wonderful time going to Glenwood Caverns and Adventure Park. As we were 3 adults we were not planning to do the rides. We bought the Park Entrance & Cave Tour tickets -- which included the tram ride up Iron Mountain.
First of all, the tram ride was great -- views are awesome. From the tram or once on top of Iron Mountain, you look out over Glenwood Springs and the river valley.
The cave tour was also great. (We did the regular Cave Tour, not the Wild Tour or the Adventure Tour.) We thought it was longer and more interesting than we had expected for the money. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. He didn't sound like he had just memorized a speech. He expertly elaborated on information when questions were asked. Lots of interesting formations -- one of the best cave tours we've been on.
Once on top, the two guys in our group decided to go on the Canyon Flyer -- an alpine coaster ride. I stood and watched and listened to comments as people got off the ride. My guys (and others) said things like: "Really fun!" "Next time I would buy the all day pass and ride the Canyon Flyer over and over -- as well as try a few other rides."
Unlike some reviewers, we found the staff members courteous and extremely pleasant -- this included the gal in the gift shop and the gal running the Canyon Flyer, as well as the guide for the Cave Tour.
But then, that brings me to some tips for you.
1) Don't go on super-crowded days. We went on a weekday in mid-September. We were told that there was a record crowd of 2000 on a holiday this summer. You simply cannot expect the staff to handle 2000 people as well as they handle 200 or so. There were only 5 of us on the Cave Tour. The park was not crowded at all. No waiting for trams -- either riding up or down.
2) Go as early in the morning as you can. In Colorado, we frequently have thunderstorms in the afternoon and it is obvious that you don't want to be hanging in a tram car on the side of a mountain with lightening all around you. You may be stuck up on the mountain waiting for the van in the afternoon.
3) Google "Glenwood caverns coupon" to see what discounts or coupons are available. We got 50% off on our 3 tickets for the tram ride.
4) If you don't want to pay the price for food at the restaurant on top of the mountain, you can take your own picnic. Picnic tables are available.
5) You'll need a sweater or light jacket for the cave. You can take a purse &/or camera in the cave. However, you cannot take back packs into the cave. Rent one locker and share it. We got 3 back packs into one locker for 50c. Leave your things there if you also plan to take some of the rides. (It is not unreasonable that they charge extra for lockers. They don't have enough for everyone and not everyone needs one.)
6) Check out the web site -- www.glenwoodcaverns.com -- before you go so you don't get any surprises. It has all the info you'll need like prices, times, etc.