Even the most rugged trucks are no match for the steep mountain terrain. Instead, visitors to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park abandon their autos in favor of a 4,300-foot-long gondola tram, taking in the panoramic mountain vistas from the safety of a futuristic, six-person pod as it ascends to the summit. Once there, visitors are confronted with a dizzying array of attractions that pair the majesty of nature with the thrills of modern amusements. The innovative alpine coaster zooms down a 3,400-foot track as riders control their car’s speed, gunning it to feel the wind in their hair or slowing down to savor the picturesque greenery. In a nod to the region’s mining history, visitors can ride the bumpy trails in a conestoga-wagon simulation, pan for gemstones, or hear resident gunslinger-dentist John Henry "Doc" Holliday speak about pulling teeth and casting snake-oil infomercials. An indoor laser-tag arena puts a futuristic twist on Wild-West shootouts, and a 4-D motion theater brings hit films to life with surround sound and moving seats. Cap off a day of adventure with a trip down a 625-foot-long zip ride or a plunge into the Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves, following the soft glow of safety lights and sturdy handrails until emerging onto the rough stone balcony of Exclamation Point and gasping at the sight of the winding Colorado River as it digs a centuries-old trench in the countryside.