Glenwood Caverns: 2015 Small Business of the Year Award Finalist

A caver examines formations in King's Row, a part of the Cave Tour at Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

A caver examines formations in King’s Row, a part of the Cave Tour at Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves in Glenwood Springs, Colorado Photo by David Harris

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has recognized Colorado’s Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park as one of seven regional finalists in its 2015 DREAM Big Small Business of the Year Award.

The park, a finalist for the Southwest/South Central Region, and other contenders, selected from 100 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners, reportedly stood out for their exceptional business practices and community involvement.

The finalists and the Blue Ribbon Award winners will be recognized at the 11th annual America’s Small Business Summit, June 8th to 10th in Washington, D.C. During the summit, one regional finalist will be named the Small Business of the Year and take home the $10,000 cash prize.

This is just incredible news. We are so flattered to be recognized by the U.S. Chamber as one of the seven finalists for this prestigious award and are looking forward to attending the summit in Washington, D.C. in June. This recognition reflects the hard work of our management team and employees, and the ongoing support of our guests and community. Steve Beckley, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Owner

Being chosen as a finalist is one of several accolades the park has received recently. It was named a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winner by the U.S. Chamber last month, the Top Brass Business of the Year by the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association earlier this month, and is currently one of four finalists in Sunset Magazine’s Travel Awards for Best Family Fun. Last summer, the park’s Alpine Coaster was named one of the 10 Best Roller-Coaster Rides of Your Life by USA Today.

While we always knew Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park was an outstanding tourism business, this award goes beyond that and recognizes Glenwood Caverns’ contributions to economic growth and free enterprise. It means that Steve and Jeanne Beckley have made Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park a model for exceptional business practices including strategic planning, employee development, community involvement and customer service. The Glenwood Springs chamber will have representatives at the U.S. Chamber’s Small Business Summit, and we welcome community and business leaders to travel with us to D.C. to cheer the Caverns on! Marianne Virgili, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association President and CEO

Glenwood Caverns originally opened to the public as the Fairy Caves in 1895, but closed at the onset of World War I. The caves were closed for 82 years until the Beckleys reopened the caverns in 1999. They added the Iron Mountain Tramway to provide year-round access to the mountain-top location in 2003 and, two years later, started adding rides and attractions. Over the years, they’ve grown their family owned business into a thriving tourist destination with a long-range plan that keeps visitors coming back year after year.

More than 185,000 people visited the Park during 2014. This year, in partnership with Mogli and Coop Cooper, the Beckleys are opening the new Iron Mountain Hot Springs alongside the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, just across from the base of the tramway.

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