Roller coaster
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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Location Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA
Status Operating since July 1, 2022
Manufacturer Gerstlauer
Product Euro-Fighter
Type Steel
Propulsion Vertical chain lift hill
Height 75 feet
Drop 110 feet
Top speed 56 mph
Inversions 2
Drop angle 102.3°

Defiance is a steel roller coaster currently located at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA.



In April 2021, it was announced that Gerstlauer had signed an agreement to construct a "record-breaking" roller coaster in the United States.[1]

Defiance at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park was announced on August 5, 2021 via an exclusive story in USA Today.[2] A groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 20.[3]

The first track pieces arrived in the spring of 2022.[4] Vertical construction had already started by May 2022.[5]

The final piece of track was installed in June 2022.[6]


Unlike some other roller coasters with beyond-vertical drops, there will be no brakes during the drop. The coaster is claimed to have the "steepest drop in the Western U.S." at 102.3. While Cannibal at Lagoon has a steeper drop at 116 degrees, it has brakes during its drop.[2]


Single cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in 2 rows, for a total of 8 riders per car.


External links

  • Defiance on the Roller Coaster DataBase.