Much like some of the other hot springs towns in Colorado, Glenwood Springs was once a miner community, but is now a major resort town. It’s surrounded by skiing, fishing, hiking and biking, and conveniently located by I-70. The historic downtown has several blocks of shops, restaurants and lodging.
Things to do in Glenwood Springs
Hot Springs – Have been used for centuries because of their natural ability to relax muscles, soothe tired minds, and also help improve circulation. Glenwood Hot Springs is the largest hot springs pool in the world. Yampah Vapor Caves allows you to go underground in a vapor rich cave. Iron Mountain Hot Springs offers a relaxing experience on the Colorado River.
Situated down the road from town is the primitive South Canyon Hot Springs for those who want to relax in a more remote, undeveloped setting.
Glenwood’s Offbeat South Canyon Hot Springs – Hidden just off I-70 near Glenwood Springs, South Canyon Hot Springs is a local gem. There is one, main primitive pool for soaking which was a nice temperature when I visited. Another smaller pool is murky, and probably not worth it…
- Colorado River runs through town, with good fishing spots pretty easy to find.
- Roaring Fork is Colorado’s longest stretch of Gold Medal Water.
- Crystal River is a wonderful place to catch trout.
Hiking along Hanging Lake Trail – One mile up within the rugged terrain of Glenwood Canyon lies the Hanging Lake. This National Natural Landmark is a geologic wonder: waterfalls that spill into a crystal turquoise lake suspended on the edge of a cliff. You won’t find another hiking trail…
- Ski Spree – Two days of winter fun at Sunlight Mountain, featuring live music, local food, a treasure hunt, fireworks and a chili cook-off.
- Music on the Mountain – Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park hosts this concert series on select Saturday nights in May, June, August and September, with dance bands, drink specials and a free tream ride in exchange for a canned food item.
- Strawberry Days – Held the third weekend of June every year since 1898. Festivities include live music, stage entertainment, interactive games for the kids, carnival, arts & crafts fair, parade down Grand Avenue and free strawberries!
- Downtown Market – Farmers market held every Tuesday from June through September, 4-8pm. There’s music, cooking demos and plenty of farm fresh fare.
- Summer of Music – Free six week concert series held every Wednesday evening at 6:30pm in Two Rivers Park, beginning in June.
- Wild West Fermentation Fest – Western breweries, distilleries, cideries and wineries showcase their finest fermented drinks in late June/early July. Local food vendors and live music contribute to the party.
Housed in the historic Hotel Denver, Glenwood Canyon Brewing serves lunch, dinner and hand-crafted brews. Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse is a locals’ favorite, located across the street from the Amtrak Station in downtown. They feature all local Colorado meat and produce. Rosi’s Little Bavarian Restaurant is the place to go for breakfast or brunch. They offer great egg dishes, fresh pastries, cozy atmosphere cozy and reasonable prices.
Sleep at Hotel Colorado, a National Historic Landmark that has been the place to stay since 1893.
Near Glenwood Springs
- Glenwood Vaudeville Revue
- Aspen Highlands (41mi)
- Aspen Mountain (41mi)
- Buttermilk (41mi)
- Snowmass (43mi)
- Sunlight Mountain (12mi)