Musicians, singing cowboys, notorious gunslingers, blacksmiths and a roving scientist offer guests the chance to laugh, sing, relax and maybe even learn something between rides and cave tours, and it’s all included in the price of admission.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (July 2, 2014) — There’s a lot more toe tapping and knee slapping going on at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park this year. That’s because the mountain-top theme park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, has added live music to its schedule every day this summer, along with more entertainers to keep guests smiling during their visits to the park.
“Our guest experience is about more than the rides and the cave tours, we’re hoping to entertain at every turn,” said Bob Stepniewski, the retail and restaurant manager for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park who is also responsible for coordinating all of the performances. “There are a lot of things to do here at the park. Sometimes it’s nice to just kick back and enjoy the show for a while. This is definitely added value for our customers since it is all included at no extra cost.”
A little ways up the Iron Mountain Trail, which leads to the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster and the Glenwood Canyon Flyer, there’s a new Cowboy Camp where guests can take a seat and enjoy some country and Western music. The schedule will rotate with one of three cowboys singing and playing from noon to 4 p.m. daily. Jim Hawkins is a local singer, songwriter and lover of history who draws from his experience to tell stories of the new and the Old West. Craig Curry has been performing live music since the 1960s; his shows reflect growing up listening to legends such as Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, Sons of the Pioneers and Marty Robbins. Caleb Dean Whittington, a former member of the Eagle River Band who also performed with two-time Grammy nominee Rick Devin, is a real crowd-pleaser for country music fans.
In the plaza area just outside the General Store, the Harmony Sisters will make guests laugh, dance and sing with their funny and engaging musical shows on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The duo, which consists of sisters Susan Anderson and Barb Cyr, performs at the Burlingame Cabin family dinner shows in Snowmass in the winter. This summer, they’re entertaining visitors to the park by sharing their love of music and laughter, and sometimes convincing audience members to join in the fun.
Back by popular demand, Doc Holliday and Kid Curry reenactors are patrolling the plaza, stirring up trouble and posing for photos most weekends. New this year, our own Bob Koper will be roaming the park as the Roving Rock Ranger, sharing his knowledge of geology and park trivia, mixed in with science tricks and optical illusions, on Fridays and Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m. Koper was hired as a manager and cave tour guide in 1999 — owners Steve and Jeanne Beckley’s first employee — after retiring from 30 years of teaching science at Rifle High School.
In addition, visitors will soon be able to watch a blacksmith make sparks at a working coal-fired forge and anvil Blacksmith Shop located just across from the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride. All of this entertainment is included with the price of admission to the park.
More information about the park, including hours of operation and a list of which attractions are open, can be found at GlenwoodCaverns.com, Facebook.com/GlenwoodCaverns or by calling 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228, ext. 0.
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