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 is surrounded by things to do, including skiing, fishing, hiking, and biking, and is 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 in Garfield County, residing at an elevation of 5,761 feet. In 2020 Glenwood Springs had a population of 9,963.
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 connected to a network of trails.
Colorado River Rafting – 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 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 by for some spectating.
Sunlight Mountain – It may not be 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 a popular stop along the Amtrak railroad heading both east and west through Colorado. You can board the California Zephyr to the west coast or head east to Chicago. It’s a popular trip from Denver Union Station for local Coloradans.
Hot Springs – Used for centuries because of their natural ability to relax muscles, soothe tired minds, and also help improve circulation, hot springs are a great place to unwind. Glenwood Hot Springs has 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.
Read about the top things to do in Glenwood Springs.
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 tents and RVs. Read more about the camping near Glenwood Springs, Rifle, and Carbondale.
- The Colorado River runs through town, with good fishing spots that are pretty easy to find.
- Roaring Fork has Colorado’s longest stretch of Gold Medal Water and the perfect conditions for catching trout and cutthroat.
- Crystal River is a wonderful place to catch trout, only 12 miles from town.
- 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 rewarding, leading you to a national natural landmark with an amazing turquoise lake and waterfalls.
- The gravel trail leading to Doc Holliday’s grave is right in town and takes about 30 minutes one way.
- Red Mountain trail is a little over 4 miles in total and a perfect hike for families and experienced hikers alike.
Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge – The most popular accommodation for on-site hot springs access and a relaxing spa to enjoy.
Hotel Colorado – National historic landmark and the place to stay in Glenwood Springs since 1893. It is close to many outdoor recreation opportunities and has great dining choices on the property.
Hotel Denver – Historic 3-star hotel with a brewery on the bottom floor. It has the perfect balance of historic touches and modern amenities to make your stay comfortable. It is conveniently right across from the Amtrak train station.
Read about the best hotels in Glenwood Springs.
Glenwood Canyon Brewpub – Housed in the historic Hotel Denver, this spot serves lunch, dinner, and hand-crafted brews.
Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse – A locals’ favorite, right across the street from the Amtrak Station downtown. They have a large selection of local Colorado meat and produce.
Rosi’s Little Bavarian Restaurant – The place to go for breakfast or brunch. They offer great egg dishes, fresh pastries, a cozy atmosphere, and reasonable prices.
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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. There are 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, a carnival, an arts & crafts fair, a parade down Grand Avenue, and of course free strawberries!
Jun-Sep – Downtown Market – The local 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.
Oct – Octoberfest – For the first three weekends of the month, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park celebrates fall with a Bavarian festival. The event is family-friendly and features a beer garden, ax throwing, and live music.
Read more about the top events in Glenwood Springs.
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
- Read about the hot springs near Glenwood Springs.
- Grand Mesa Byway (72mi)
- Independence Pass (61mi)
- Kebler Pass (79mi)
- Top of the Rockies Byway (57mi)
- Aspen Highlands Ski Resort (41mi)
- Aspen Mountain Ski Resort (41mi)
- Buttermilk Mountain Ski Area (41mi)
- Snowmass Mountain Ski Resort (43mi)
- Sunlight Mountain Resort (12mi)
- Roaring Fork Skydivers (4mi)
- 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)
- Bustang Bus
- Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) (27mi)
- RFTA Roaring Fork Transportation Authority
- Ride Glenwood Springs
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