Get Outta Here

Put Your Skills to the Test at the Glenwood Escape Room

The hottest trend in collaborative entertainment hits the valley.

By Naomi Havlen August 8, 2017 Published in the Midsummer/Fall 2017 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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Do you play well with others? Put your skills to the test at the new Glenwood Escape Room, where you and up to seven teammates have 60 minutes to figure out how to exit a locked room, while a “game master” monitors your work from a separate space, offering no more than three clues.

Owner Ken Murphy learned of the craze for this type of themed experience—a now global phenomenon that morphed out of video games in Asia—when he noticed staff from his other businesses, Glenwood Adventure Company and Lakota Guides, taking time off to drive to escape rooms around the state.

Since opening in March, the Glenwood Springs facility has hosted families, dates, and coworkers to solve puzzles in a numbers-based Casino Heist, the 1980s-themed Aunt Edna’s Condo (hint: knowledge of cassette tapes might be useful), or the Egypt Tomb, considered the best option for encouraging teamwork and communication. A stint in an escape room is not claustrophobic, says Murphy, but here’s hoping you love the ones you’re with.

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