The Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, will celebrate the opening of the highest-elevation, full-sized roller coaster in America with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2012. The mission statement for employees at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is to “Make People Smile;” it seems they also like to make people scream. That will definitely be the case on Friday, June 15, when the Adventure Park launches the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster. Perched at an altitude of 7,160 feet on the side of Iron Mountain overlooking Glenwood Springs, Colorado, it’s the highest-elevation, full-sized roller coaster in the United States. Its cliff-side curves and heart-stopping drop-offs are sure to elicit smiles, as well as a few screams. The ride will officially open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. “We are more than a little excited to officially introduce the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster,” said Steve Beckley, who owns Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with his wife Jeanne. “It’s tricky to build a roller coaster on top of a mountain, so the process has taken a little longer than we’d hoped. I have given it a test ride, though, and it has definitely been worth the wait.” The 50-foot-tall Cliffhanger Roller Coaster is located above the rest of the Adventure Park and offers panoramic views of the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys during the 80-second, 1,600-foot ride. It is opening just in time for the 115th Annual Strawberry Days Festival, which always draws a lot of visitors to downtown Glenwood Springs. Last month, the Adventure Park added the Wild West Express family roller coaster and the Mine Wheel Ferris wheel ride. All three of the new attractions are included in the price of the Day Pass, which costs the same as it did in 2011. The Day Pass costs $42 for adults, and $38 for kids 3 – 12, and includes a tram or bus ride and unlimited access to most of the park’s attractions. Guests can add a 70-minute guided tour of Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves for just $5. The Annual Thrill Pass is the best value for guests who visit more than two days per year; it provides unlimited access to most attractions for $91 for adults, and $87 for kids 3 – 12, and includes a 10 percent discount at the park’s restaurants and General Store gift shop. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The last tram ride up is at 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.glenwoodcaverns.com or call
THE CLIFFHANGER ROLLER COASTER WILL OPEN AT GLENWOOD CAVERNS ADVENTURE PARK FRIDAY, JUNE 15
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