14 Dec Warm Up in Glenwood Springs With Cold Weather Activities
Warm up with chill-chasing winter with activities that get your blood pumping. We’ve rounded up a range of things-to-do from outdoor adventures to sipping cocoa by the fire, and all are guaranteed to add a rosy glow to your Colorado vacation in Glenwood Springs.
When the mercury drops, it’s easy to opt out of spending time outdoors. Fortunately, Colorado blue skies and plenty of sunshine, even in winter, are an open invitation to come out and play. In Glenwood Springs, home to ski slopes and hot springs, there are plenty of fresh air activities to fire up the body’s furnace.
Skiing & Riding. For a feel-the-burn workout, nothing beats a day of downhilling. Head to the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort, a short 10-mile drive from downtown Glenwood Springs. The hometown resort boasts 72 trails, 720 skiable acres, and a 2,000-foot vertical drop—all at an affordable, family-friendly price. The layout and design of the ski area make it easy for groups of different abilities to go their separate ways and meet up later to swap glory stories.
Snowmobiling. Get your motor runnin’ with family-friendly snowmobile tours that open up to jaw-dropping views that include Mt. Sopris in the foreground, the Elk Range to the south, and the Flattops Wilderness northward. Tours range from 16 miles in 60 minutes to 30 miles in 2-1/2 hours. For the most comfortable experience, come dressed in your winter best: insulated boots, warm gloves, snow pants and jacket. Guides will fit guests for helmets and give a run-down on the sled operation. After you’re kitted out, it’s full-throttle fun ahead!
Snowshoeing, Nordic Skiing & Fat Biking. Dress in layers when exploring the 29 kilometers of groomed cross country and snowshoeing trails of Babbish Gulch at Sunlight Mountain. The trails begin near the stables and ascend quickly, so be prepared to shed garments as you progress through wooded aspen groves, snow-filled parks, and evergreen-lined single tracks. Follow well-marked trails to a backcountry log cabin which is also a perfect spot for a winter picnic or quick snack. The trails are also used for fat biking—mountain biking on snow-packed terrain—another great metabolism-boosting exercise.
Hot Springs Soaking. Come on in the water is fine—yes, even in winter! For a full-immersion experience that will warm you up from head to toe, plan to soak in the thermal pools at Iron Mountain Hot Springs. The hot springs offers 2-1/2 hour soaking windows throughout the day. Start your day with an early morning soak, midday is ideal for absorbing a healthy dose of vitamin D, or apres-activity until the 10 p.m. closing time is a soothing end to a fun-filled day in Glenwood Springs.
Cozy Fires. Gas-fired outdoor braziers add warmth to winter’s chilly afternoons and evenings. Gather ‘round with a steaming cup of cocoa or something stronger and enjoy the contrast of cold mountain air and a piping hot beverage. A few places to check out include Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park during Winter on the Mountain which runs through February 2022, and the courtyard of the Hotel Colorado during the holiday season. Both venues also offer kits to make s’mores, everyone’s favorite gooey campfire dessert.
For a winter warm up, turn up the heat with any of these Glenwood Springs activities. Learn more and make plans to visit Iron Mountain Hot Springs today!
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