Getting lost in a maze of fun
Visiting Heritage Square is like taking a time machine into the past, but the thrills that Miner’s Maze Adventureland have brought to park has updated the fun and added a little excitement.
The Miner’s Maze Adventureland is open at Heritage Square, 18301 W. Colfax Ave. E103 in Golden, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Miner’s Maze has been at Heritage Square for four years, according to Jared Vasold, who created the park with Greg Gallavan. The two have another play area in Colorado Mills Mall called Buckaroos, and Gallavan owns Amaze N’ Mazes, which has built mazes all over the world, including in Spain and Jamaica. They also have mazes set up at Winter Park and Steamboat.
“We’ve been in the fun industry for years, and are always looking for ways to expand what we’re doing here,” Vasold said. “Every year we’ve opened we’ve added at least one or two new things.”
This year the new additions include the Rocky Mountain Ropes — which is a two-story high ropes course consisting of 25 elements in a 72-by-35-foot airborne structure that hangs over the Miners Maze — and the Lazer Maze Challenge — where visitors navigate an indoor maze made of lasers.
“We like active attractions, and my partner and I really value family time together,” Vasold said. “One of the best parts of the ropes course is that we can have people doing the maze while others attempt the ropes course above them.”
For the ropes course, visitors are secured in a harness with a 10,000-pound capacity before beginning the course that follows a track leading from one challenge to the next — including swinging from multilevel swings; riding a skateboard across a tightrope, stepping across swaying discs, jumping across multilevel platforms and climbing over hanging barrels.
In the Lazer Maze Challenge there are four play levels and 20 different laser segments that create easy, medium and expert challenges so that all ages and abilities can explore the darkened maze in different ways.
Vasold said the new attractions are really popular, but some of the mainstays of Adventureland including the Silver Springs Bungee and Water Walkerz are still favorites of visitors.
One of the classic rides that’s still around is the Rio Golden Railroad train ride, which takes passengers on a loop of the entire park. The train ride also gives passengers a chance to chat with engineer Rich Purcell, who has become something of an expert on Heritage Square’s history, and is eager to answer any questions about it.
“I asked for a corner office with a view and they gave me four windows on an amazing view,” he said. “My favorite part about working here is the scenery and the kids.”
For Purcell, Heritage Square hearkens back to a time when there was no admission fee to amusement parks, and families were just able to pay for the rides they wanted.
“I feel like this is the last of the family parks,” he said. “These are the kinds of parks that I grew up with, and I’m proud that we really cater to families and kids.”
Purcell said the renewed interest that Vasold and Miner’s Maze has brought to Heritage Square has really rejuvenated the area, which is part of Vasold’s goal.
Vasold said that the attractions can also be used for team-building exercises, which is an area he would like to expand to next.
For more information on Miner’s Maze Adventureland, call 303-278-4386 or visit www.minersmazeadventureland.com.