Cliffhanger (roller coaster)

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Previously known as Thunderbolt (2003–2008)
Firestorm (1999–2002)
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Coordinates 39°33′37″N 107°19′08″W / 39.5602°N 107.3188°W / 39.5602; -107.3188Coordinates: 39°33′37″N 107°19′08″W / 39.5602°N 107.3188°W / 39.5602; -107.3188
Status Operating
Opening date June 15, 2012 (2012-06-15)
Cost $800,000 (USD)[1]
Celebration City
Coordinates 36°39′02″N 93°17′44″W / 36.6506°N 93.2956°W / 36.6506; -93.2956
Status Relocated to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Opening date 1999 (1999)
Closing date October 25, 2008 (2008-10-25)
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer S&MC
Model Hurricane
Height 56 ft (17 m)
Speed 34 mph (55 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:20
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Cliffhanger at RCDB
Pictures of Cliffhanger at RCDB

Cliffhanger is a steel roller coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Originally located at Celebration City in Branson, Missouri, the ride was moved to its present location in 2012. It officially reopened on June 15, 2012.


Celebration City (1999-2008)[edit]

The roller coaster opened in 1999 as Firestorm at Celebration City in Branson, Missouri. After the 2001 season, Firestorm went into storage briefly before being reassembled and renamed Thunderbolt. It reopened in 2003. The ride was closed on October 25, 2008, due to financial reasons –Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation announced they were closing the park – and was later put up for sale.[2][3][4]

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park (2012–present)[edit]

Competing against Elitch Gardens in Denver and Darien Lake in Buffalo, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park secured the winning bid to purchase Thunderbolt for $375,000.[4][5] The cost to refurbish and ship the roller coaster was estimated at $425,000.[5] An estimated 1,400 bolts were used during reconstruction of which 700 were special 14-inch (360 mm) bolts for holding sections of track together.[4] On February 20, 2012, park administration went before the Garfield Board of County Commissioners to discuss plans of adding several new attractions. They announced on February 29, 2012, that Cliffhanger would be among the new attractions and would open in late spring 2012.[1][6]

Cliffhanger opened on June 15, 2012, and became the highest-elevation roller coaster in the world, sitting 7,160 feet (2,180 m) above sea level on Iron Mountain.[1] The coaster is situated on a hillside overlooking Glenwood Canyon with views of the Colorado River more than 1,400 feet (430 m) below.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c Stroud, John (February 29, 2012). "G forces to increase at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park this summer". Post Independent. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ Marden, Duane. "Thunderbolt  (Celebration City)". Roller Coaster DataBase. 
  3. ^ Celebration City (October 24, 2011). "Herschend Family Entertainment Closes Celebration City, Explores New Development Concepts in Branson". Press Release. Six Flags. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Colson, John (May 26, 2012). "Cliffhanger coaster under construction at Glenwood Caverns". Aspen Times. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Glenwood Caverns Park Opens 'Cliffhanger,' Highest Elevation Roller Coaster In U.S.". Huffington Post. June 15, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ Marden, Duane. "Cliffhanger  (Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. 
  7. ^ "America's Highest-elevation Roller Coaster Opens at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado". Times Union. June 19, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 

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