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 things to do, including skiing, fishing, hiking, and biking, and conveniently located by I-70.
The historic downtown has several blocks of shops, restaurants, and lodging. It’s located at the start of the Roaring Fork Valley, which extends south past Carbondale to Aspen. Glenwood Springs is the county seat of Garfield County, residing at an elevation of 5,761 feet. In 2010 Glenwood had a population of 9,614.
Historic Downtown – Stroll the beautiful centuries-old streets of downtown Glenwood Springs. Shop, dine, and learn about the town’s past. The Colorado River flows through town offering a nice riverwalk connecting with a network of trails.
Colorado River Rafting – The Colorado River Rafting, which has its headwaters to the northwest by RMNP in Grand County, passes through Glenwood Springs on its southwestern journey to Utah and beyond. The Glenwood Canyon is a popular stretch of the river for summer rafting trips. It’s suitable for families looking for a little bit of whitewater thrill.
Both rafters and kayakers will enjoy the manmade whitewater rapids within the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park. It’s located right in town, offering whitewater thrills close to home. Even if you don’t partake in the fun directly, stroll on by for some sightseeing.
Sunlight Mountain – It may not be Aspen or even known to most Coloradans, but Sunlight Mountain boasts many perks. It’s got affordable lift tickets, light dry snow, and a fun little mountain featuring some of the top glade skiing in the state.
Amtrak Station – Glenwood Springs is popular along the Amtrak railroad heading east and west through Colorado. You can board the California Zephyr all the way to the West Coast or head east to Chi-Town. It’s a popular trip from Denver Union Station for local Coloradans.
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.
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Camping: There are a couple of places to camp only a few miles from town, including Ami’s Acres and The Hideout. Both are private campgrounds suitable for both tents and RVs.
- Read about the camping near Glenwood Springs, Rifle, and Carbondale.
Fishing: Several rivers can be found close to town, with excellent trout fishing.
- 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: Hike along the Colorado River in town or set out to the surrounding White River National Forest.
- Located just ten miles east of Glenwood Springs on I-70, Hanging Lake is one of the most popular treks in the state. This uphill climb is difficult but rewards, leading you to a national natural landmark consisting of an amazing turquoise lake and waterfalls.
Hotels and Lodging:
- Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge – the place to stay for hot springs access on-site.
- Hotel Colorado – a national historic landmark and the place to stay since 1893.
- Hotel Denver – historic 3-star hotel with brewery across from Amtrak train station.
- Read about the best hotels in Glenwood Springs.
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 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, a cozy atmosphere cozy and reasonable prices.
Jan – Ski Spree – Two days of winter fun at Sunlight Mountain, featuring live music, local food, a treasure hunt, fireworks, and a chili cook-off.
May-Sep – 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 tram ride in exchange for a canned food item.
Jun – 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!
Jun-Sep – Downtown Market – Farmer’s market is held every Tuesday from June through September, 4-8 pm. There’s music, cooking demos, and plenty of farm-fresh fares.
Jun – Summer of Music – Free six-week concert series held every Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm in Two Rivers Park, beginning in June.
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Activities near Glenwood Springs
Cross Country Skiing:
- Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
- Iron Mountain Hot Springs
- Penny Hot Springs (25mi)
- South Canyon Hot Springs (6mi)
- Yampah Vapor Caves
- Aspen Highlands Ski Resort (41mi)
- Aspen Mountain Ski Resort (41mi)
- Buttermilk Mountain Ski Area (41mi)
- Snowmass Mountain Ski Resort (43mi)
- Sunlight Mountain Resort (12mi)
- Aspen (41mi)
- Basalt (23mi)
- Carbondale (13mi)
- Eagle (31mi)
- El Jebel (19mi)
- New Castle (12mi)
- Paonia (71mi)
- Redstone (29mi)
- Rifle (26mi)
- Silt (19mi)
- Snowmass Village (39mi)
- Woody Creek (34mi)
- Amtrak Train
- Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (37mi)
- Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) (27mi)
- RFTA Roaring Fork Transportation Authority
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