Glenwood Caverns
and Historic Fairy Caves

This fall I got to take a tour of the Glenwood Caverns. At the time I went they had two tours, the Family Tour where you walk through the cave and the Wild Tour where you don helmet, gloves and pads and get down and dirty. I took the family tour. The tour was very interesting. The first part takes you through the historic fairy caves, where you see what happens to a cave where people had been encouraged to take a piece as a souvenir. The condition of this part of the cave was in stark contrast to the second part of the tour were a new section of the cave has been opened to tours. This 'new' section is full of terrific formations. The cave operators have worked hard to make this section accessible and yet protect the natural condition of the cave. You enter the cave through a series of doors to protect the humidity of the cave. You walk in the cave on wooden platforms and stairs to protect the cave. They even have sensors to monitor the condition of the cave. Below I have included some pictures taken with a video camera.

Flow stone


Our guide pointing out an area of flow stone in the Fairy Cave.

An area of popcorn in the Fairy Cave.

popcorn closeup

Fairy Cave

Closeup of some popcorn in the Fairy Cave.

Formations in the Fairy Cave

View of Glennwood

When you finish the historic tour, you come out the side of the canyon, to overlook Glenwood.

Pointing our straws


Our guide pointing out the straw formations in the 'new' section.

 Area of straw formations.

 straws closeup

 Kings Row

Closeup of straws.

Kings Row

 Christmas Tree

 Kings Row Flow stone

Christmas Tree as seen from the top. This formation is twenty feet tall.

Flow stone in Kings Row



A column, where a stalactite and stalagmite join.

You can see the mineral enriched water ran down this wall and then formed straws at the bottom.

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