Estes Park Park in Colorado is home to the Mustang Mountain Coaster.
If you’re interested in finding out more about this ride, then you have come to the right place!
This guide features everything you need to know about riding the Mustang Mountain Coaster, including insider tips and advice, so keep reading to find out more.
A recent addition to the area, the Mustang Mountain Coaster opened in May 2021.
Combining an exhilarating ride with beautiful views, this is a mountain coaster not to be missed.
Make sure you add it to your “to-do list” when you are next in this popular Colorado destination.
While Colorado has a number of mountain coasters for you to choose from this is the closest coaster to Denver, Boulder, Loveland and Fort Collins.
How Long is the Mustang Mountain Coaster?
Reaching a speed of up to 25mp/h (40 kp/h), the Mustang Mountain Coaster is 2,043ft (623m) in length and offers riders an exhilarating ride with riveting 360-degree loops, drops and turns.
The total ride time is just under 4 minutes.
The ride starts with a 2:40-minute cable-pulled ascent to the top. It’s a slow journey to the top but definitely worth the wait and the surrounding views are amazing.
As the owner, Cody Walker, says “You pay for the views, the ride is free”.
As the cart reaches the top, it turns to the right and down you go!
The downhill section is about 1 minute depending on your speed (mountain coasters have a manual brake so you’re able to control this).
There are certainly mountain coasters with longer ride times, but what this coaster lacks in downhill time it makes up in speed and steepness of the descent.
What is a Mountain Coaster?
If you’re unfamiliar with mountain coasters (also known as alpine coasters), check out the post we wrote.
Mountain or alpine coasters are essentially gravity-powered roller coasters that use the natural contours of a mountain to provide riders with a thrilling downhill ride experience.
Mountain coasters are a fantastic activity that the whole family can enjoy. However, given the nature of this ride, there are age and height restrictions that apply, these have been detailed below.
A great feature of mountain coasters is that they offer the option of two seats. This is great for parents with children that are too young to go on the ride alone.
In addition, mountain coasters are equipped with a manual brake which enables riders to adjust the speed of their descent. This unique feature allows riders to have greater control of their experience.
If things get a bit too fast for your liking you can apply the brake, if you’re more of the daredevil type then you can leave the brake untouched for maximum speed.
Another great feature of alpine coasters is that no prior experience or training is necessary. You can just jump in and enjoy the ride.
Mustang Mountain Coaster Video
One of the great things about mountain coasters is that a lot of people have filmed their experiences.
These videos give you an opportunity to “experience” the ride before you go on it.
The video below gives you a first-person view of what you can expect from start to finish on the Mustang Mountain Coaster.
One thing to be aware of though is that point-of-view videos can be a bit misleading.
The wide-angled lens makes the drops shallower and the ride seems way slower than it is in real life.
They provide a good idea of what the ride looks like but only real-world experience tells you how they feel. So get out there and try it for yourself.
These rides really are the perfect combination of an adrenaline rush and nature. If you happen to be in the area then this is an activity to add to your “to-do list”.
How Much Does the Mustang Mountain Coaster Cost?
The cost to ride the Mustang Mountain Coaster is as follows:
|1 Ride Pass
|3 Ride Pass (can only be used by one person)
|Unlimited Passenger Pass (under 54″ tall)
Mountain coasters have the capacity for two riders. A driver, who controls the brakes, and a passenger.
The Unlimited Passenger Pass is for anyone 3 years or older and between 38″ and 54″ tall. An adult driver must accompany these riders (see requirements below).
Tickets can be purchased online from the website.
Height and Age Restrictions
The key height, age and other restrictions to participate in this ride are listed below:
- Children must be at least 3 years old and 38″ (97cm) tall.
- The minimum height for single riders is 54″ (137cm).
- Riders 3-9 must ride with someone 16 years or older.
- If there are two people riding together, the minimum height for the passenger is 38″ (97cm) and the driver must be at least 54″ (137cm) and 16 years or older.
- The maximum weight per cart is 375 lbs (170kg) in dry conditions and 330 lbs (150kg) in wet conditions.
- All riders must keep their feet inside the cart at all times.
- No pregnant riders.
- No alcohol allowed.
- Liability Waiver required.
- Parent / Guardian must sign for a minor.
Contact Details and Other Information
The Mustang Mountain Coaster website can be found here.
On the website, you can find the latest operating hours and purchase tickets online.
Location and Map
1180 Dry Gulch Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517
The Mustang Mountain Coaster is located about 1.5 hours from downtown Denver and five minutes from the main street Estes Park shops.
Directions to the Mustang Mountain Coaster are provided below:
Frequently Asked Questions
When did the Mustang Mountain Coaster open?
This mountain coaster opened in May 2021.
How fast is the Mustang Mountain Coaster?
This mountain coaster can reach a speed of up to 25mp/h (40 kp/h).
Mountain coasters are fitted with a manual brake controlled by the driver. This means that riders are able to control the speed of their descent.
Mountain coasters also have an automatic braking system that sets a maximum speed limit. This is done to ensure the safety of the riders.
How long is the Estes Park Mountain Coaster?
The Estes Park mountain coaster (Mustang Mountain Coaster) is 2,043ft (623m) in length and has a total ride time of just under 4 minutes.
What is the closest Mountain Coaster to Denver?
The Mustang Mountain Coaster is the closest mountain coaster to Denver. It is about a 1.5-hour drive from downtown Denver.
Before You Go..
The Mustang Mountain Coaster is just one of many mountain coasters you can ride in Colorado.
If you’re looking for mountain coaster inspiration then make sure you check out our guide to Colorado Mountain + Alpine Coasters