Highest Elevation Roller Coaster Opens In Colo. Friday

Cliffhanger Set Up At 7,160 Feet

A new roller coaster is opening Friday in Glenwood Springs that officials are calling the highest-elevation, full-sized roller coaster in the United States.

That's because the coaster, called Cliffhanger, is on a platform at 7,160 feet. The coaster was built on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Roaring Fork Valley at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

The 50-foot tall coaster came from the Celebration City amusement park in Branson, Mo. The roller coaster ran for five years there until the park shut down for financial reasons.

The coaster cost $375,000 plus another $425,000 to repair, disassemble, move and reassemble it, according to the Aspen Times.

The newspaper said the Adventure Park bought 1,400 new bolts for the reassembly, including 700 special bolts, 14 inches long with metric threads, used to hold the sections of track together.

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