America’s only Mountain-Top Theme Park soars into summer with all rides open and no COVID-19 restrictions in place

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — Kicking off the summer season with all of its rides and attractions open, the team at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park welcomes the opportunity to make people smile—their mission—with more fun in store and no COVID-19 restrictions in place. The mountain-top theme park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, features guided cave tours, one-of-a-kind thrill rides, family-friendly attractions and rides, dining, shopping, and special events.

“This is such an exciting time for all of us at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. After last year’s rough ride, the summer of 2021 is certainly looking up,” Nancy Heard, general manager for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, said. “The Cliffhanger Roller Coaster is back, better than ever. We have musicians and new entertainers lined up, and a new restaurant opening soon.”

Face coverings and reservations are no longer required, although guests are encouraged to buy their tickets online ahead of time; tickets will be valid for use through Oct. 31, 2021. Pre-purchasing tickets and downloading and completing waivers, both available at https://www.glenwoodcaverns.com/park-info/tickets/, save time at the gondola base. Frequent hand washing and social distancing are still recommended, and plexiglass barriers remain in place at indoor cashier stations.

All rides and attractions are open through October, including the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster that’s been closed for a major overhaul since the fall of 2019. It’s the highest-elevation, full-sized roller coaster in America and with new wheels and a magnetic braking system, the cliffside coaster offers a smoother ride with the same breathtaking views of Glenwood Canyon.

Live entertainment returns as well this summer, all included with park admission and free with a $38 Annual Gondola Pass.

  • Native American storyteller and dancer Larry Yazzie, a two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer, performs flamboyant movements passed down by his ancestors through Native American song and dance. Performances begin Memorial Weekend, Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30, and continue on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. in the plaza through Labor Day. Larry was raised at the Meskwaki Nation’s homeland in Tama, Iowa, and has been dancing since he was 7 years old. His mission is to educate, inspire, motivate and empower diverse communities to bridge cultural gaps through Indigenous traditions.
  • The New Harmony Sisters, Susan Anderson and Lorraine Curry, enchant guests with fun and interactive musical performances in the plaza area Monday through Thursday, noon to 3 p.m., June 1 to Sept. 2.
  • Local and regional musicians perform in the plaza every Friday from June 11 to August 13, 4 to 7 p.m.
  • There will be four Saturday concerts under the stars: Aug. 21, Aug. 28, Sept. 11 and Sept. 18.

The new Smokehouse restaurant, located in the plaza area at the top of the Glenwood Gondola, is slated to open Saturday, May 29. The mouthwatering menu includes a Carnivore Burger, a quarter-pound cheeseburger topped with smoked, pulled pork; a pulled pork sandwich; a quarter-pound cheeseburger; a smoked sausage sandwich and hand-battered chicken strips. Gluten-free options and kids’ meals are available. Guests can cool off with soft-serve ice cream, snow cones, Icees, root beer floats, and cold drinks for kids and adults. Five walk-up service windows will provide fast service, with seating in the plaza and under the tent. There are additional restrooms in the building as well.

The Lookout Grill’s fresh, new menu includes what’s sure to become a park favorite, the Cowboy Burger. It’s a double patty, double cheddar burger with lettuce, tomato and an onion ring served with tangy Sriracha BBQ sauce and a side of fries. The burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken nachos and thin crust pizzas are all available gluten-free upon request. A grilled chicken Caesar salad, chicken tenders, kids’ meals and cold drinks for all ages round out the offerings.

The Park is also scheduling group and corporate events, family reunions, birthday parties, church and school groups and weddings again. More information is available at https://www.glenwoodcaverns.com/groups/.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is open daily; park hours are available at https://www.glenwoodcaverns.com/calendar-park-hours/. The best value to enjoy all of the Park’s rides and activities for a single day is a Funday Ticket, which costs $61 for adults and $56 for kids ages 3 to 12. The Annual Thrill Pass, which is valid for a full year, costs $128 for adults, $116 for kids, and pays for itself after three visits. A roundtrip ride on the Glenwood Gondola and park admission is $21 per adult and $16 for kids. The Annual Gondola Pass is $38 for all ages and provides unlimited rides on the gondola and admission to the Park. Both annual passes include discounts at the Park’s shops and restaurants as well. 

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