15 Oct Invigorate Your Soaking Experience with Fall Activities
Plenty of sunshine and cooler weather are not only perfect conditions for visiting Iron Mountain Hot Springs, autumn is the ideal season to compliment geothermal soaking with fall activities in Glenwood Springs.
The shortest of Colorado’s magnificent seasons, autumn is also the last chance to participate in warm-weather fall activities. Part of the glory of this golden season is that it’s fleeting. Knowing this enables us to savor it all the more. When time is limited, we tend to pay more attention to the world around us.
Autumn is an idyllic season for soaking at Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs. The cooler temperatures allow you to enjoy the natural thermal waters a little longer and its’ not so cold that you can’t fall asleep on a poolside lounger either. The 16 soaking pools terraced on a bank of the Colorado River also take advantage of river and mountain views, a bonus any time of year. Directly across from Iron Mountain Hot Springs is Red Mountain, which is currently awash in shades of yellow, orange and rust, while further up the valley the peak of Mt. Sopris is capped with a crown of snow.
Make the most of autumn with these top-rated fall activities
Cycling & Hiking. Glenwood is a hub for biking and hiking. The Grandstaff Trail is a favorite with fat tire enthusiasts. Its banked curves and groomed surfaces are a rollercoaster ride for mountain bikers. There’s also a well-marked Cross Trail for hikers to follow that culminates at the peak and offers views of the entire Roaring Fork River Valley. For paved trail cycling and walking, try the Rio Grande Trail which follows the river all the way to Aspen!
Fly Fishing. With less pressure on aquatic populations this time of year, your chances of fishing success greatly improve. Book a fishing trip with a local guide who knows what’s biting and where. If you prefer, cast away from shore or wade into the shallows of the Roaring Fork River or the nearby Frying Pan River.
Paragliding. Liftoff and soar like a majestic bird from the top of Red Mountain to the valley floor. The first step is the hardest and most exhilarating. In your tandem flight with an expert from Adventure Paragliding, you’ll feel the wind in your hair and the air currents gently supporting your “wings” as you gradually make your descent into an open field. As you approach the landing, your guide will make sure you land with your feet on the ground.
Thrill Rides & Cave Tours. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is a treat for fall visitors. The mountaintop theme park offers glorious panoramas of the valley, as well as a host of things to do. Adrenaline junkies gravitate to the Park’s high flying thrill rides. One especially spooky ride is the Haunted Mine Drop, a popular choice at this time of year. For an enchanting view of the underworld, take a guided cave tour. The Park offers two tours, both loaded with breathtaking sights. Before leaving, be sure to take a photo with Halvor Flowstone, the Park’s very cave troll!
After playing outdoors, relax at Iron Mountain Hot Springs
After enjoying these amazing Glenwood Springs fall activities, plan to soak at Iron Mountain Hot Springs. The hot springs water will relax any sore muscles you may have earned on your outing, just be sure to make reservations in advance. It’s easy. Visit Iron Mountain Hot Springs online and book a time slot that best suits your schedule and when you arrive, remember to wear a face-covering at all times except while soaking.