When Nature Calls: 7 Reasons to Go Camping in Glenwood Springs

Camping is a wonderful way to experience nature

When Nature Calls: 7 Reasons to Go Camping in Glenwood Springs

Roughing it is part of the allure of camping. In a non-stop, 24/7 world, camping provides a natural space to decompress and destress. Find out why and where to go camping in Glenwood Springs.

Heed the call of the wild by planning a camping trip to Glenwood Springs! With several private campgrounds nearby and easy access to the White River National Forest, camping doesn’t get any more relaxing and rejuvenating—unless of course, you add in a visit to Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Glenwood Springs, camping and soaking is a delightful combination that works together just as well as marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers.

Why Camp Glenwood Springs

  1. Refresh your mind and spirit through camping Clear your mind. It can be difficult to disconnect from busy work and school schedules. With cell phones constantly dinging and buzzing in our back pockets, focusing on anything further than an arm’s length away can be a challenge. Camping, especially in places where there is no cell coverage, provides an opportunity for a temporary digital detox. Pro tip: Check out off-the-grid campsites in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. When remote camping, be smart; carry a detailed map of the area and let someone who is not in your party know your whereabouts and when you expect to return.
  2. Adventuring. Usually, when people go camping, they also partake in other activities to engage the body and mind. Whether you’re spending the day fishing, hiking, biking, off-roading, climbing, spelunking or hunting, outdoor recreation in and around Glenwood Springs is always an adventure. Pro tip: Enjoy the outdoors, but go prepared with ample hydration, snacks, sunscreen and extra layers of clothing.
  3. Teamwork. Pitching the tent or parking the RV is easier when it’s a team effort. Working together as a couple or a family is a wonderful way to strengthen relationships. Pro tip: Just remember to keep your sense of humor in the event things go awry.
  4. Little things mean a lot. Camping both narrows and expands your focus. Slowing down provides an opportunity to notice subtleties that are otherwise easy to overlook—colors, sounds and sights. Take it all in, from the smallest detail to the grandest views. Pro tip: Write about, paint or photograph what you find interesting on your next camping trip.
  5. Good eats. It’s a truism and a great mystery that everything tastes better when you’re camping. It doesn’t matter if dinner is a simple meal of hot dogs and boxed mac and cheese or a feast of steak and potatoes grilled over the fire, flavors are magically enhanced while camping. Pro tip: Always plan to make s’mores for dessert.
  6. Wide-open spaces. Social distancing is easy to practice when you spend time in nature. The region’s rivers, lakes and trails are uncrowded, welcoming you to breathe easy and relax in the great outdoors. Pro tip: Be the first one up in the morning and go for a solitary walk or practice stretching alfresco.
  7. Stargazing. Away from light pollution, the Colorado sky is awash in a dazzling array of constellations and planets. From planet Earth, the Milky Way appears as stardust sprinkled across the heavens. It’s a sight to behold and often only visible to those camping in more remote locations. Pro tip: If in cell range, use a stargazing app to identify celestial bodies, if not just enjoy the view.

Soak it All in at Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Riverside soaking at Iron Mountain Hot SpringsNothing feels better after an action-packed day outdoors than a long, muscle-soothing soak in the mineral-rich waters at Iron Mountain Hot Springs. With daytime views of the river and the night sky on display after sunset, hot springs soaking is a natural complement to your Glenwood Springs camping trip. Iron Mountain is open until 10 p.m. daily. Plan ahead by booking your soaking time at the same time you make your camping reservations.

Best Places to go Camping In & Around Glenwood Springs

  • Ami’s Acres is west of Glenwood Springs near the base of Storm King Mountain and offers a variety of sites for tent camping and RVs.
  • Glenwood Canyon Resort located at No Name in Glenwood Canyon features tent and RV sites, both rustic and upscale cabins, as well as luxury glamping tents.
  • The Hideout is nestled between natural forest lands and Three Mile Creek, it is home to year-round residents and open to overnight guests for camping.
  • White River National Forest is the most visited national forest in the nation, with access to lakes and trails of all types, it is ideal for a variety of camping including cabin rentals and campground camping for tents and RVs.

As the saying goes, when nature calls, it’s best to answer. Go camping in Glenwood Springs! Gain even more memories and relaxation by coming to see us at Iron Mountain Hot Springs while you’re here.

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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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