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Zooming the tracks at Shepherd's Adventure Park — the official winner of the 'America’s Best Aerial Adventure Park' title awarded by USA Today — Copperhead Mountain Coaster in Branson, Missouri, is the latest addition to this lively outdoorsy vacation town's mountain coasters. Having first opened in May 2021, the Copperhead Coaster is one of Branson's top attractions, combining an action-packed ride with stunning Ozark Mountain views to create an unmissable adventure soaring through the air that fulfills daredevils' and leisurely sight-seers cravings. As Branson's longest downhill mountain coaster, the ride snakes through heart-pumping loops, exhilarating drops, and neck-bending curves — but fear not, this riveting roller coaster boasts the latest advanced technology to deliver one of the safest Ozark mountain coaster adventures.

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What Is A Mountain Coaster?

Also known as alpine coasters, mountain coasters are gravity-powered roller coasters that use a mountain's natural contours to deliver a thrilling downhill ride. Among mountain coasters' handiest features is the option of two seats, which is ideal for parents with kids that are too small or young to ride alone. What's more, mountain coasters have a manual brake, allowing passengers to adjust the speed of their descent and enjoy greater control over their ride. Suppose a rider prefers a slower pace and wishes to soak up the mountainous scenery; in that case, they can simply apply the brake. Conversely, the adrenaline junkies can leave their hands off the brake to achieve max speed — and max thrills!

How Long Is Copperhead Mountain Coaster?

This fun-filled downhill ride is over 3,350 feet long, earning it the esteemed title of the longest downhill ride in Branson. Plus, the coaster's uphill is 1,450 feet, making the grand total nearly a whole mile long!

The rollercoaster's length isn't the only cool factor, though; an extra layer of epic brings this beast to life after dark. The coaster's designers and builders lined vibrant LED lights along the coaster's entire course, affording an otherworldly nighttime adventure whizzing through the skies alongside spaceship-esque lighting. According to Copperhead Mountain Coaster reviews, this sensational Branson mountain coaster at night feels way faster in the dark, perhaps due to the beaming lights as riders fly along the ignited tracks — only those who ride can truly confirm or debunk this claim!

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Copperhead Mountain Coaster Hours Of Operation

The coaster is open day and night from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, although riders are advised to check beforehand. Thanks to contrasting experiences depending on the time of day, park visitors should ride at least twice, once during the day to take in the breathtaking mountain vistas and again at nighttime for a completely different escapade — when the ride is illuminated in all its colorful, LED glory.

How Much Does The Copperhead Mountain Coaster Cost To Ride?

Copperhead Mountain Coaster tickets consist of a few options at various prices, which are as follows:

  • Single Driver (54″ tall): $16
  • Single Passenger (38″ tall and 3+ years old): $10
  • Re-rides: $10 each

Aspiring riders can buy tickets online in advance on the Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park website. Handily, free cancelation is permitted up to 48 hours in advance. Plus, anyone without prior tickets needsn't worry; park-goers can purchase them at the on-site ticket office next to the start of the ride.

The prices listed exclude tax.

How To Ride The Copperhead Mountain Coaster

Address: Shepherd’s Adventure Park, 6021 W. 76 Country Blvd, Branson, MO 65616

After purchasing tickets either online or at the gate, riders must check in at the ticket window to receive their paper ticket (yes, even those who bought their online in advance). This paper ticket is required to get on the ride, so don't forget to complete this first step. Before getting in line, riders also have to sign the Copperhead Mountain Coaster waiver. Once that's filled out, they simply hop in the queue and wait to board — simple!

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Copperhead Mountain Coaster Requirements To Ride

With the sheer excitement and entertainment value, mountain coasters are epic for the whole family; however, given the speedy nature, certain height and age restrictions often apply. For the Copperhead Mountain Coaster, these are as follows:

  • Riders must be at least three years old and 38″ tall at a minimum to ride
  • Riders aged between three and nine years of age must ride with a passenger at least 16 years old or over
  • Riders must be at least 54″ tall to operate a cart as a Single Driver
  • Max weight permitted in each cart is 375 lbs in dry weather conditions and 330 lbs in wet weather

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What To Know Before Riding The Copperhead Mountain Coaster

Branson might well be known as the theater capital of the Ozarks, but thanks to this amazing new attraction, it's safe to say the town also boasts a growing reputation for invigorating rides. Still, prior to getting carried away by the anticipation of experiencing the town's latest showstopper, there are a few important tips to be aware of. To be properly prepared and enjoy this brand-new coaster ride, check out the following pointers before heading to Shepherd's Adventure Park:

  • This isn't like a normal roller coaster; drivers are responsible for controlling speed, the distance between other carts, and stopping at the finish — so they must pay attention while riding!
  • For safety reasons, people with a heart condition, those with back or neck injuries, pregnant women, or any ailment that prevents riders from following the coaster rules should not ride.
  • Make sure shoes are secure and shoelaces are tied before setting off. Also, flip-flops and open heel shoes aren't allowed.
  • Pockets must be empty. Sure, it sucks to lose a wallet or lose change, but falling items are safety hazards to people below and around the ride.
  • Loose objects such as cell phones and cameras aren't permitted on the ride
  • Eyeglasses should also be secure.
  • No gum, food, or drinks are allowed on the ride.
  • Take note of and follow all operator instructions, as well as the posted signs and stickers.

Got all that noted down? Great! All that's left to do is plan a trip to Shepherd's Adventure Park and book a ticket for the Copperhead Mountain Coaster. While it's possible to show up and pay at the gate to ride Branson's newest source of exhilaration that's got everybody in the Show-Me State talking, given its growing celebrity, it's best to reserve a spot in advance — just in case. For those who can't wait, here's a sneak peek of the ride lit up at night (and slowed down for viewing, of course) in this Copperhead Mountain Coaster video: