Roller coaster in the United States
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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Location Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA
Status Operating since July 1, 2022
Manufacturer Gerstlauer
Product Euro-Fighter Custom
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.


  1. "Gerstlauer to build one-of-a-kind, record-breaking roller coaster in the United States". Amusement Today. 2021-04-21. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Exclusive: This Colorado theme park is putting its newest roller coaster on a mountaintop". USA Today. 2021-08-05. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  3. "PHOTOS: Defiance roller coaster groundbreaking ceremony".
  4. "Eerste trackdelen nieuwe Gerstlauer achtbaan komen toe bij Glenwood Caverns".
  5. "Achtbaan op meer dan 2000 meter in aanbouw in Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park".
  6. "Laatste baandeel van achtbaan Defiance geplaatst in Glenwood Caverns".

External links

  • Defiance on the Roller Coaster DataBase.