GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 24, 2014) — There’s a new attraction coming to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park this spring that will swing riders up, up, up, around and around, and out over Glenwood Canyon. The Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, is holding a contest on its Facebook page to come up with a name for the new attraction. The grand prize, valued at almost $500, includes eight Funday Passes, each of which offers unlimited turns on all of the park’s rides, plus four souvenir cups and four t-shirts. The passes can be used one or two at a time, for two days at the park for a family of four, or for one party of eight. To enter the contest, fans can post their entries at www.Facebook.com/GlenwoodCaverns until midnight on Friday, Feb. 14.
“The Giant Canyon Swing and Cliffhanger Roller Coaster have been so popular with our guests, we want to offer them another way to experience the thrill of our location overlooking Glenwood Canyon,” said Steve Beckley, who owns Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with his wife Jeanne. “The new ride does just that, and because our guests and fans have been so supportive over the years, we’d like their help in coming up with a name for it. Our hope is to find a name that reflects the excitement of soaring out over the canyon.”
Located on the edge of Glenwood Canyon between the Giant Canyon Swing and the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster, the ride will swing riders out approximately 1,400 feet above the Colorado River. The swing, which is under construction in Venice, Italy, will resemble a large tree with a brown trunk and green foliage at the top. Upon completion in early April, it will travel by ship to the U.S. for installation and will be open to the public in May.
Contest entries may also be emailed to cavegirl (at) glenwoodcaverns (dot) com or submitted via Twitter tagged with @GlenwoodCaverns by midnight on Feb. 14. After the names are collected, the park’s management team will select 10 finalists. Those 10 will be posted on Facebook so that fans can vote for their favorites through Feb. 26. The winner will be selected by the park and announced on or about Mar. 5. Individuals may submit more than one entry. In the event that more than one person suggests the winning name, the first person to submit it will be deemed the winner.
More changes are in the works for the summer season. The Soaring Eagle Zip Ride is being moved to a new location. Guests will board the ride at ground level near the Alpine Coaster, eliminating the need to climb up multiple flights of stairs, and will be pulled 600 feet up the mountain. When they reach the top, they’ll zip back down to ground level, where new air brakes will bring them to a stop. More live music and entertainment will be added for the summer as well.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is nestled in the Rocky Mountains above historic Glenwood Springs, midway between Aspen and Vail. Open year-round, the park offers cave tours, the state’s longest Alpine Coaster, tram rides, a 4D Motion Theater, laser tag arena, gift shop and mountain-top dining in the winter. From mid-May through September, guests can also enjoy the Giant Canyon Swing, Cliffhanger Roller Coaster, Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, Wild West Express family roller coaster, a giant maze, gemstone sluice box mining and more family-friendly attractions. More information about the park is available at www.GlenwoodCaverns.com or by calling 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228, ext. 0.