Glenwood Springs, voted The Most Fun Town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today, is located in the Roaring Fork Valley. Situated between famous neighbors Vail and Aspen at the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers, Glenwood Springs offers activities all year that delight its visitors. In addition to the Iron Mountain Hot Springs, your visit to Glenwood Springs can include:
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Nestled on top of Iron Mountain overlooking Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is a year-round, family-friendly destination. You can enjoy guided tours of Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves, mountain-top dining, extreme thrill rides, kids’ attractions, gondola rides, concerts and live entertainment. The park sparkles during Winter on the Mountain with a dazzling display of a half million lights, a giant musical Christmas tree, lighted thrill rides, fire pits for roasting s’mores and holiday visits from Santa.
Glenwood Springs is surrounded by Colorado’s premier ski destinations. Vail, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Snowmass, Buttermilk and Sunlight are all located within an hour, and Breckenridge, Winter Park, Powderhorn, Steamboat, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Ski Cooper and SolVista are within two hours.
Sunlight Mountain Resort has one of the longest cruisers in Colorado, over two miles long, as well as the one of the steepest extreme runs, boasting a 52 percent pitch. Nordic skiers and snowshoers will appreciate the 29 kilometers of groomed trails in the Nordic Center. The Snowmobiling Center has some of the best terrain and equipment in the valley.
Buy a Slope and Soak 4 Pack!!
This package is awesome! Includes 4 lift tickets to Sunlight Mountain Resort and 4 passes at the Iron Mountain Hot Springs to relax & soak after a great day of skiing….available from $220 to $299 depending on the time of the season. All tickets must be purchased online at www.SunlightMtn.com and used by April 7, 2019 (closing day for Sunlight Mtn). Please pick up your tickets at Sunlight Mtn before heading over to Iron Mtn Hot Springs.
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
In the late 1800s, the Hot Springs Pool attracted wealthy tourists from around the world. As the world’s largest hot springs pool, it’s still a popular attraction. There’s plenty of space to splash around in the 90-degree pool; it’s larger than a football field. Two four-story water slides keep kids entertained for hours with more 300 feet of twists and turns. The therapy pool is heated to 104 degrees.
Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the 2.3-million-acre White River National Forest is the top recreation forest in the nation. Headquartered in Glenwood Springs, it’is the largest national forest in Colorado and the 12th largest in the nation, with something to offer every outdoor enthusiast.
A host of commercial rafting and kayaking companies guide thousands of visitors down the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers through rapids with names like Upper Superstition and Tombstone, substantiating Glenwood Springs’ stature as one of the country’s premier whitewater destinations. Calmer waterways, such as South Canyon Rapids, are suitable for families with children as young as six. The city’s whitewater park attracts kayakers from around the globe.
The area’s Gold Medal waters on the Roaring Fork River harbor an astonishing number of brookies, browns, cutthroats, and rainbow trout. Local guides can direct anglers to some of the best fly-fishing in the state.
Glenwood Springs has been known as a healing destination for well over a century. You’ll find spas, fitness centers, and health and beauty treatment centers which complement Glenwood Springs’ natural spa atmosphere.
One of the best ways to get the lay of the land in Glenwood Springs is by bike. Glenwood Springs has mountain biking trails for any ability, from paved paths and country dirt roads, to rugged double- and single-track trails. Choices range from a leisurely ride through Glenwood Canyon on a scenic, 18-mile paved trail that hugs the Colorado River from Glenwood Springs to Dotsero, to the Rio Grande Trail, a multi-use, 44-mile pathway from Glenwood Springs to Aspen.
Events and Entertainment
With the annual Strawberry Days Festival in June, the Fall Arts Festival in September, Farmer’s Markets on Tuesdays and free concerts at Two Rivers Park on Wednesdays throughout the summer, there’s always something going on in Glenwood Springs. Need a laugh? Make plans to see Glenwood Vaudeville Revue. The Glenwood Center for the Arts hosts events all year as well.
Museums and History
The Frontier Historical Society Museum, located in a 1905 house, takes you back in time with artifacts and exhibits on everything from household life, mining, ranching and the Ute Indians to Doc Holliday, Teddy Roosevelt and Buffalo Bill Cody, all of whom spent time in Glenwood Springs. The society offers a Ghost Walk through Linwood Cemetery, where Doc Holliday and Kid Curry are buried, every October. (Book tickets early!) Train aficionados will enjoy the Glenwood Railroad museum located in the 1904 depot, which is also the Amtrak Station.
Campsites are available in public and private campgrounds located throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, ranging from secluded sites within the White River National Forest suitable for tents and RVs, to a full-service RV park in Glenwood Canyon.
Championship-caliber golf is just a stroke away at any one of eight courses located within a 40-mile radius of downtown Glenwood Springs. Designed by some of the greatest names in golf, including Jack Nicklaus and Jay Morrish, courses boast Scottish-style links, undulating greens, and staggering mountain views.
Flowering meadows, alpine forests, abundant wildlife and beautiful views characterize the hiking experience surrounding Glenwood Springs. Choose a stroll along the Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon, or for a heartier dose of exercise, Hanging Lake, Storm King Memorial Trail, Red Mountain, and Lookout Mountain.
A mighty long stretch of the West’s history, majesty, and mystery seem to converge in Colorado’s distilled mountain air. There’s no better way to experience Colorado’s cowboy heritage than riding the open range or high mountain meadows while a guide regales you with tales of the Wild West. Weekly rodeos in nearby Carbondale and Snowmass offer even more Western entertainment.
Glenwood Springs is the largest retail shopping area between Denver and Grand Junction. Its historic downtown district provides a wonderful selection of unique specialty shops. The Glenwood Meadows shopping center includes many one-of-a-kind shops, as well as some national chain stores.
Learn more about Glenwood Springs and its attractions at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. Stop by the visitor center at 802 Grand Avenue, call (888) 445-3696 or go to www.visitglenwood.com for more information about planning your visit.