Swing Over a Cliff in the Rocky Mountains at America's Only Mountaintop Theme Park
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado is the only mountaintop theme park in the country - and it's perfect for families and adventure seekers alike. While the park is home to incredible cave tours and family-friendly rides and attractions, it also has its fair share of thrill rides, too.
Perhaps the most scream-inducing is the Giant Canyon Swing. This pendulum swing moves four passengers back and forth over a cliff on top of a mountain - 1,300 feet above the Colorado River. But this isn't a gentle "to and fro" with a scenic mountain view, it's actually one of the best extreme rides in the U.S. because the swing goes almost vertical at some points and hits a top speed of 50 miles per hour.
Naturally, this ride calls for only the bravest thrill-seekers to take a swing.
In addition to the swing, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park also has a number of other thrill rides that are available to enjoy throughout the year. In the summer, you can take a jaw-dropping trip down the mountain on an Alpine slide, have a scream-inducing drop down a haunted mine, soar with an "eagle" across a zip line, or take some twists and turns on the park's other roller coasters and rides.
Or, if thrill rides aren't your thing, you can still enjoy a scenic trip across a tramway (fully enclosed) so you can see the Rocky Mountains in all their glory, take a ride on the Mine Wheel (a Ferris Wheel-style ride), play laser tag, or take a tour of the caverns themselves.
If you're planning a Rocky Mountain trip, taking the "Canyon Swing Challenge" should definitely be on your to-do list.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the park, visit the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park website.
Andrea Romano is a freelance writer in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @theandrearomano.