There’s oh so much to do in the wonderful state of Colorado. Hike through Rocky Mountain National Park, or attempt to peak any of the state’s many 14ers. Ski some of the wildest resorts in the nation, experience the highest ski-lift in North America at Breckenridge, or enjoy the awesome parking lot parties and skiing of Arapahoe Basin. Go rafting or river kayaking through the state’s many rapids, or try your hand at fly fishing. If you’re planning a visit to the wonderful state, there’s endless possibilities for adventure.
And yet, the state lacks America’s highest looping roller coaster. Or, at least, will lack America’s highest looping roller coaster until July 9th, when Glenwood Caverns is set to open “Defiance” to the public.
“Sitting at 7,160 feet above sea level, Defiance features a 111-foot banana roll, a 98-foot twisted top hat switch, a 41-foot Zero-G heartline-roll, and a 102.3-degree freefall, all while showing off the wonderful views of the Colorado mountains.” (I have no idea what any of that means, but it sounds extremely spooky to me).
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is located in Glenwood Springs, a municipality around two and a half hours from Denver. The route takes drivers mainly along I-70, meaning that throughout those 2 ½ hours, tourists pass Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper, Vail, and several other ski resorts (it’s a summer attraction, of course, but there’s still plenty to do at all of those locations), not to mention the multitude of gorgeous hikes and views along the same route. Glenwood Springs is gorgeous itself, with some incredible hikes and other outdoor activities throughout and around the town. Why someone would travel all the way from Denver or anywhere else in Colorado to ride a rollercoaster is very much beyond me.
My opinion, of course, probably shouldn’t matter to you readers, but I really fail to see the necessity, or even the want, for a mountain top rollercoaster in a state filled with so much incredible natural beauty…
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