BACKGROUND: Twenty years ago, Steve and Jeanne Beckley were putting the final touches on the substantial improvement projects that made it possible to reopen the Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves. The cave closed to the public during World War I more than 82 years prior.
EARLY YEARS: More than 33,000 people toured the caves during a five-month period in 1999, but they were closed during the rest of the year since the access road was impassible in the winter and spring months. Steve began working on a new transportation system to keep the tours open year-round, and Iron Mountain Tramway launched in 2003 and the company changed its name to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.
TODAY: The park has grown to include thrill rides, group- and family-friendly attractions, live music, shopping and dining. New this year is a high-speed Glenwood Gondola that can transport 1,000 people per hour up and down the mountain. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is the only mountaintop theme park in America.
CELEBRATION: The mountaintop Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs threw a “Party Like It’s 1999” 20th anniversary celebration on May 18, 2019. Paizley Park, a costumed and choreographed Prince tribute act, provided the tunes, and guests who wore purple received a free drink (purple Icee for kids and a special Purple Rain beverage for adults). A photo booth with props allowed attendees to create free souvenir photos.