The world’s first drop ride to go underground opened this week at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park: Haunted Mine Drop.
Rested at the top of Iron Mountain in Glenwood Springs, Colo., this drop ride shoots guests 110 feet down into the mountain as they hear haunted mine tales from years past.
“We’ve been waiting a long time for this day. Construction of the Haunted Mine Drop started in the spring of 2016, and the planning began a couple of years before that,” said Steve Beckley, who owns Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with his wife Jeanne. “The reactions from our first riders have made it all worth the wait.”
The ride experience begins in the queue, as guests step right into their first day working for the Glenwood Mining Corporation, which has recently reopened after a terrible mining accident over 100 years prior. Using the pepper’s ghost technique, a haunting visage appears to tell the true story behind the closing of the mine to riders.
“Not only is the building themed like an old mine, the ride drops down a shaft excavated out of solid rock the same way that a real mine shaft would be,” explains Beckley. “The temperature drops, and the earthy smell of the rock adds authenticity to the experience.”
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is open daily through Oct. 29, then open on weekends with extended hours during the holiday season. The Haunted Mine Drop will be open-year round for guests to enjoy.
For more information, visit GlenwoodCaverns.com.