World’s First Underground Drop Ride Opens at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Riders prepare to drop 110′ down inside Iron Mountain on the Haunted Mine Drop at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Not only is the building themed like an old mine, the ride drops down a shaft excavated out of solid rock the same way a real mine shaft would be. The temperature drops, and the earthy smell of the rock adds authenticity to the experience.

Thrill seekers and fans of dark rides and the paranormal lined up to be among the first to try the Haunted Mine Drop at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. It’s the world’s first drop ride to go underground. Perched on top of Iron Mountain in Glenwood Springs, Colo., the new attraction drops riders 110 feet down inside the mountain as they listen to ghostly mining tales from days gone by.

“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 learn they’ve arrived for their first day on the job at the Glenwood Mining Corporation, which has just reopened after a grisly mining accident more than a century ago. Theming inside and out by St. Louis-based Creative Visions creates an old mine atmosphere, with a wood and rusted tin exterior and moving gear visible in the upper section of the building.

Once inside the building, the storyline continues with mining relics, vintage signage and video effects until the new employees enter the drop room where they’ll be lowered into the mine. A Pepper’s ghost, an illusion technique invented by Professor John Henry Pepper and English engineer Henry Dircks in the 1800s, appears to tell the real story behind the mine’s closing so many years ago.

Beckley explains, “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. The temperature drops, and the earthy smell of the rock adds authenticity to the experience.”

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