Close to Home: Your Fall Vacation in Glenwood Springs

Stage a photoshoot at Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Fall

Close to Home: Your Fall Vacation in Glenwood Springs

You don’t have to travel far to relax and rejuvenate. Whether home base is your hotel room or your living room—if it’s in Glenwood Springs, you’re in the right place for a seasonal fall soak at Iron Mountain Hot Springs and more.

September is one of the best months of the year to visit Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The kids have gone back to school, we’re between major holidays, the weather is perfect for both soaking and lounging poolside—and we’re just getting warmed up.

Fall in Glenwood SpringsFall foliage. Colorado is famous for its autumn colors and leaf-peeping scenic drives—Top of the Rockies West Elk Loop and Grand Mesa Scenic Byways are all nearby drives—or you can just soak in the views from the comfort of your favorite Iron Mountain Hot Springs pool. We have 16 all-natural, mineral soaking pools that range in temperature from 98° to 108°F and a freshwater family pool. The surrounding views of Red Mountain, Mount Sopris and Iron Mountain are ripe with ruddy autumn hues throughout the month of September and into October.

Harvest Food & Celebrations. The fall breezes in Glenwood Springs are simply delicious. Not only do they feel delightfully refreshing after an exceptionally hot summer, you can smell the scent of autumn in the air. Follow your nose to taste seasonally brewed beers at our award-winning brewery. Order your favorite German fare at Oktoberfest in Glenwood Springs. In October, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park extends the festival season with its month-long Octoberfest celebration featuring music, food, fun and games. Make shopping for fresh and artisanal food an event by visiting Glenwood’s farmers’ markets which convene weekly on Tuesdays at Ninth and Grand from 4 – 8 p.m. and on Saturday mornings in the Rite Aid parking lot. Of course, going out for a meal is always a sensory treat. Many of Glenwood’s restaurants feature locavore fare—that is meat, veggies and fruit—usually organic—raised or grown nearby.

Fall at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Autumn Adventures. Cooler temperatures make for ideal days spent exploring the great outdoors in and around Glenwood Springs. Take the tram to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park for breathtaking views of the Roaring Fork Valley. While you’re there, check out the thrill rides, family-friendly attractions and cave tours that have made the park famous. Other things to do on an autumn day include meandering about by foot and pedal. An extensive trail system of paved and unpaved surfaces allows you to choose the level of intensity you want for a hike or bike ride—Glenwood has it all.

You don’t have to travel far to experience a gorgeous Colorado fall vacation. If you’re a resident, make the most of your hometown in autumn. If not, Glenwood Springs and Iron Mountain Hot Springs are short drive from Denver. Why not plan your visit today. The weather is perfect this time of year … and so is the water.

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Karin Gamba

Karin Gamba has been writing professionally for the travel and tourism markets for nearly two decades. She has promoted a wide array of travel products that include destination towns, vacation resorts, golf courses, ski areas, spas, hotels, restaurants and countless visitor attractions. Karin especially loves writing about her hometown of Glenwood Springs.

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