Micro Trips are a Major Travel Trend

Micro trips to Iron Mountain Hot Springs are relaxing and easy to plan

Micro Trips are a Major Travel Trend

Micro trips or micro-cations maximize time spent in a travel destination. They’re typically just a few days at most and filled to the brim with great experiences. Tempted to try one? Easy to get to, Iron Mountain Hot Springs is the ideal destination for your next micro trip.

Micro trips are well-planned, well-executed short vacations—usually no more than 3-4 days—to an easily accessible destination where a mix of activities can be readily enjoyed. Often last minute, they frequently take advantage of off-season rates and discounts. Micro trips have been most popular with Millennials and Gen-Xers, but they’re going mainstream, gaining traction with travelers of all ages. Here’s everything you need to know about the trend and why Iron Mountain Hot Springs is a perfect micro destination for Colorado residents.

Micro Trip Rationale

  • Micro trips to Iron Mountain Hot Springs are popular among all age groupsIf you wrap micro trips around weekends, you only have to use a minimum number of vacation days at either end
  • A short trip is better than no trip!
  • Last-minute planning is part of the adventure
  • Fewer overnights make micro trips budget-friendly

Micro Trip Stats*

  • 72 percent of Millenials surveyed took a least one micro-cation in the last year; followed by 69 percent of Gen Xers and 60 percent of Baby Boomers
  • In general, Americans are taking shorter trips, 18 percent of those surveyed said their longest trip in the last year was a maximum of four nights
  • 32 percent of Americans polled said it was easier to take short periods of time off work
  • 26 percent of respondents preferred more frequent but shorter trips

Micro Trip Travel Hacks

  • For ease, choose drive destinations that are a few hours away
  • Check for lodging that has partnerships or deals with activities you’re interested in
  • Especially during the pandemic, it’s a good idea to reference attraction websites for relevant information. If required, make reservations for activities in advance
  • Have an itinerary or at least a general plan for your micro trip, but also embrace a go-with-the-flow attitude for the best experience
  • When in doubt, ask a local for recommendations

Micro Trip to Iron Mountain Hot Springs

  • Iron Mountain Hot Springs, located in Glenwood Springs, is an easy drive from most points in Colorado, just 160 miles from Denver and 90 from Grand Junction
  • Check our partners for soaking deals including Slope & Soak passes
  • Like skiing, geothermal soaking is an authentic Colorado experience
  • Reserve your spot to soak by making online reservations for your 2.5-hours of geothermal relaxation
  • In addition to soaking, winter things to do in Glenwood Springs include activities at Sunlight Mountain Resort such as skiing, riding, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and snowmobiling tours. Other options include spa treatments shopping, dining, breweries, self-guided history tours, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, and comedy shows at the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue
  • If you’re the sort to make the most of every minute of your micro trip, don’t waste precious time waiting for a table, download the KraveKar app (; it’s the Glenwood Springs version of Uber Eats for safe, efficient, friendly food delivery service to your hotel room
  • If traveling eastbound on a Sunday, extend your stay by postponing your departure until after ski traffic along the I-70 corridor subsides. If you depart at 5 or 6 p.m., you’ll be home by 8:30 leaving plenty of time to be rested and ready for the start of your Monday workday.


Learn more about travel trends, the Colorado soaking experience and Glenwood Springs at Iron Mountain Hot Springs.


*Source: Allianz Travel

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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.