What to Do Memorial Day Weekend in Glenwood Springs

The Canyon Flyer at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

What to Do Memorial Day Weekend in Glenwood Springs

Summer kicks off Memorial Day weekend. Spend it relaxing at Iron Mountain Hot Springs and partaking in all that Glenwood Springs has to offer. Here’s a checklist of things-to-do Memorial Day weekend, and all summer long!


Iron Mountain Hot SpringsKick of summer on Memorial Day weekend with riverside soaking at Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs checks all the boxes for the ultimate summer relaxation destination. Let the mineral pools and riverside views take you a million miles away from stress of any sort. To get started, make reservations for a three-hour soaking experience at Iron Mountain Hot Springs. When you visit online, you can also learn more about the diverse variety of soaking pools available, mineral content and resort amenities. We’re also excited to open UpRiver later this summer, a separate soaking hub designed to cater to the over-21 crowd.


When you’re not soaking at Iron Mountain Hot Springs, go for a little adventure – or a big one!

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is America’s only mountain-top theme park. The spectacular caves were the initial draw, enticing visitors to explore the hidden world beneath their feet. In addition to cave tours, the Adventure Park is now known for its over-the-edge thrill rides. The newest is Defiance, a gravity-defying roller coaster that will have you screaming with delight from start to finish.

Whitewater RaftingRafting in Glenwood Canyon is a summertime staple in the hot springs town. From now through early fall, the Colorado River rips and roars through Glenwood Canyon for miles of splash-worthy fun that will leave everyone aboard soaking wet and smiling from ear-to-ear.

Hanging Lake is considered the gem of Glenwood Canyon. The lake is like a jewel, alternating between a deep blue sapphire and a dazzling green emerald. Feeding the lake are three waterfalls, that seem to glisten like diamonds in the sunlight. To make the short, but steep climb, sign up for a hiking time slot and purchase a permit online.

Hiking & biking are warm-weather activities that every member of the family can enjoy. When it comes to hiking, trails vary in length and difficulty. You can hoof it to historical sites like Doc Holliday’s memorial marker or go for the summit and spectacular views from Red Mountain. Biking is another pursuit that beckons people of all abilities. Cruise on paved surfaces like the Rio Grande Trail and Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail, or, hit the dirt on mountain biking the Grandstaff, Boy Scout or Wulfsohn trails.

Tandem paragliding is a breathtaking experience and easy to do in Glenwood Springs from an established launch point atop Red Mountain. Lift off and ride the morning thermals from the mountain peak to the valley floor. With wings of your own, you’ll glide as gracefully as the bald eagles that soar over the Roaring Fork River to a riverside landing in a wide-open meadow. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.


Beat the heat with cold drinksRelaxing and recreating require nourishment. At Iron Mountain Hot Springs quell hunger pangs at the Sopris Café. The on-site restaurant offers an assortment of nosh and nibbles to get you through your three-hour hot springs soak. When you’re ready to graze further afield, Glenwood Springs is a center for culinary exploration. You’ll find everything from brewpubs and steakhouses to food trucks and ice cream parlors. When in doubt about where to go, why not ask one of Iron Mountain Hot Springs employees or, even, the local sitting next to you in the soaking pool?

Memorial Day is just the beginning of a summer to remember in Glenwood Springs. Learn more and make reservations to soak at Iron Mountain Hot Springs today!

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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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