Glenwood Caverns hosts annual Turkey Tram-a-Ganza, Nov. 19 | VailDaily.com

Glenwood Caverns hosts annual Turkey Tram-a-Ganza, Nov. 19

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is teaming up with KSNO and Bighorn Toyota on Saturday, Nov. 19, for the third annual Turkey Tram-a-Ganza. This event benefits Lift-Up's local food pantries by collecting turkeys and other Thanksgiving dinner fixings for area families in need.

KSNO's Jim Williams will broadcast live from the Iron Mountain Tramway during the event, which lasts from noon to 4 p.m.

"We're excited to talk turkey again this year. This event is always a lot of fun; we are looking forward to helping Lift-Up help our neighbors who need a hand for the holidays," said Nancy Heard, general manager for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

"This year, Turkey Tram-a-Ganza is on the same day as our Winter on the Mountain kickoff party, which we hope will inspire even more people to donate turkeys and enjoy the festivities later that evening."

To encourage community participation, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will contribute up to four free tram rides for each donated turkey, plus an entry in a drawing for an annual Thrill Pass or two day passes to the Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Four winners will be selected.

Bighorn Toyota will have a truck in the parking lot at the tram base, where people can drop off frozen turkeys, register for the drawing and pick up the free tram passes between noon and 4 p.m. Visitors can also receive one free tram pass per person by donating cans of food or other nonperishable items.

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Kickoff Party

The free tram rides are valid that day only and can be used for the Winter on the Mountain kickoff party that begins at 5 p.m. It's a festive start to the holiday season, with 35 miles of colorful lights decorating the park, the lighting of the giant musical Christmas tree at 7 p.m., live music and a visit from Santa Claus. The Lookout Grille will be open for lunch and dinner, as well.

Parkgoers who donate turkeys can ride the park's attractions that day with a discounted Winter Funday Pass. At $25 with the free tram ride, it includes both walking cave tours and unlimited access to the Alpine Coaster and Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, both of which are lighted for rides after dark, the laser tag arena and the 4D Motion Theater.

Lift-Up is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance in the communities it serves, with food pantries in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Rifle and Parachute. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park also supports Lift-Up through its Music on the Mountain can-for-a-tram concert series, which has brought in more than 62,000 cans of food for the food pantries since 2009.

The last tram ride up the mountain will be at 7:30 p.m., and the park will close at 8. More information about the park can be found at http://www.glenwoodcaverns.com or by calling 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228, ext. 0.

If you go …

What: Turkey Tram-a-Ganza.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

Where: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood Springs.

Cost: Winter Funday Passes are $25, donate a nonperishable food item for a free tram pass, or receive up to four free tram rides for donating a frozen turkey.

More information: Visit http://www.glenwoodcaverns.com, or call 970-945-4228, ext. 0.