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Sidewinder (Elitch Gardens)

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roller coaster
Elitch Gardens
Location Denver, Colorado, USA
Status Operating since May 27, 1995
Cost $300,000 USD (1980)
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Type Steel - Launched - Shuttle
Model / product Launched Loop
Riders per train 24
Height56 feet
Drop47 feet
Top speed45 mph
Length635 feet
Inversions1 (Riders experience 2)
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Sidewinder is a steel launched shuttle roller coaster located at Elitch Gardens in Denver, Colorado, USA. Built by Arrow Dynamics, the ride was opened in 1980 at Magic Springs & Crystal Falls. It is one of three Launched Loop roller coasters still operating.


Overview of Sidewinder in 2012.

For the 2010 season, the ride was repainted lime green. Previously, it was a darker shade of green.


Single train with 6 cars. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train. The train is launched down a hill and into a vertical loop. It then rises up a hill into a flat section opposite the station. The train is then launched backwards, through the loop and into the station.