The 100th and 300th riders on the Cliffhanger, America’s highest-elevation roller coaster, will each win an Annual Thrill Pass. The park will also feature giveaways throughout the day.
To celebrate what has become the king of thrill rides, August 16 is National Roller Coaster Day. This popular amusement ride traces its origins to Russia, where wood-framed ice slides sent riders down 70-foot slopes as early as the 16th century. The first successful commercial roller coaster made its debut in 1884 at New York’s famous Coney Island and, today, according to http://www.RCDB.com, there are more than 4,000 coasters around the world. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park—home of the Cliffhanger, America’s highest-elevation, full-sized coaster—is making the most of the occasion with prizes, giveaways and refreshments.
“Since our mission is to make people smile, we’re always looking for a reason to celebrate,” said Nancy Heard, general manager. “The roller coaster is the granddaddy of all thrill rides, and we’ve got the highest one in America and the only one perched on the edge of Glenwood Canyon. We’ve got some fun things planned for that day and hope to see a lot of coaster fans enjoying themselves.”
The Cliffhanger Roller Coaster was added to the mountain-top theme park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in 2012. Perched on the edge of Glenwood Canyon at an elevation of 7,160 feet, the ride offers heart-stopping thrills as it takes riders along the edge of the canyon with views of the Colorado River 1,300 feet below.
Guests who ride the Cliffhanger on August 16 can take home a pair of souvenir sunglasses, while supplies last. The 100th and 300th riders will each win an Annual Thrill Pass valued at $99. Refreshments will be served in the tent located next to the roller coaster throughout the day as well. The park’s hours on the 16th are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regular admission rates apply. A Funday Pass, the best value to enjoy unlimited turns on all of the park’s rides, costs $50 per adult and $45 per child ages 3 to 12.
More information about the park can be found at GlenwoodCaverns.com or by calling 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228, ext. 0.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road,
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601