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Highest looping curler coaster in US opens in Colorado mountains

Highest looping curler coaster in US opens in Colorado mountains

A brand new curler coaster additionally options the steepest freefall drop within the western United States.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado is now residence to the very best looping curler coaster within the nation.

A grand opening celebration for the brand new Defiance coaster might be held Saturday, July 9 at Glenwood Caverns Journey Park in Glenwood Springs.

Constructed into the facet of Iron Mountain above Glenwood Springs, Defiance contains a 102.3 diploma, 110-foot freefall drop, which is the steepest freefall drop within the western United States, in response to the park.

> Above video from 2019: New gondola opens at Glenwood Caverns

Defiance sits at 7,132 ft above sea degree with views of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers, Mount Sopris, South Canyon, Glenwood Canyon and Glenwood Springs throughout a 75-foot vertical climb.

The park stated the brand new coaster reaches speeds of 56 miles per hour and has a 98-foot twisted high hat and swap, an 111-foot high-speed financial institution banana roll, and 41-foot zero-g heartline-roll.

The coaster has three automobiles that every sits eight folks.

The title Defiance is a nod to the unique title of Glenwood Springs. The park stated the title can also be becoming as a result of the coaster “defies gravity” with its loops, drops and vistas.

Glenwood Caverns Journey Park’s grand opening celebration for Defiance on Saturday, July 9 can have giveaways, swag and reside music.

Previous to July 16, the curler coaster will open at 12 p.m. on weekdays. After July 16, Defiance will function Monday by way of Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  

Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH manufactured the coaster.

“Working with Gerstlauer for over 25 years, I’m at all times astounded by their creativity and skill to innovate it doesn’t matter what the mission is,” stated Ed Hiller, CEO of Trip Leisure. “It’s no completely different with the customized format and difficult location for this coaster, which is bound to turn out to be a showcase attraction identified all over the world.”

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