Glenwood Springs

Glenwood springs, Colorado
Glenwood springs, Colorado

Glenwood Springs, 165 miles west of Denver, is situated at the confluence of the Colorado and Fork River. This strategic location long has been a gathering place, a place to come and relax, soak in the hot springs, and take some time away from the ordinary. Glenwood Springs is easy to find along Interstate 70. Breckenridge is a two hour drive to the east via the interstate. Heading west, Grand Junction and its wineries are 90 minutes away. Whether you’re planning on enjoying Glenwood Springs as a base for exploring Western Colorado, or it’s the entire destination, you’ll find plenty of delights where the two rivers meets. 

Hot Springs and Spas

Hot Springs and Spas
Hot Springs and Spas

For many travelers, Glenwood Springs means a chance to soak away their cares. For generations, people have been coming here to do just that. At the Spa of the Rockies (pictured), an old stone bathhouse has been transformed into a modern spa with a long menu of hydrotherapy and other spa treatments powered by the hot springs. Another local legend, the Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves retrofitted the old caves with such amenities as marble beaches and ambient lighting. A session in the vapor caves is sure to relax, as is the chocolate wrap. The third spa is found at the stately Hotel Colorado. At La Provence Spa & Fitness, the signature treatment is a barefoot massage session, a type of massage perfected by Buddhist monks, along with steam baths.

Glenwood Springs Outdoor Recreation

Glenwood Springs Outdoor Recreation
Glenwood Springs Outdoor Recreation  Image: Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association

With so much relaxing to go around, it might be tempting to think that there’s nothing but lounging in Glenwood Springs. This is Colorado, after all, so you can expect to find plenty of adventure here. The Sunlight Mountain is the centerpiece of the adventure in the wintertime, offering ski and play packages, often at a price that’s less than half of the mega ski resorts. Sunlight offers free parking and lifts, as well as nearly 70 trails that all bring you back to the lodge for lunch or to store your gear. In the wintertime, guests enjoying downhill and Nordic skiing as well as snowmobiling and boarding. Once the snow melts, a whole new list of options opens up for outdoor fun, like mountain biking and kayaking. In any season, Sunlight visitors can combine their outdoor fun with a swim at the hot springs pool in Glenwood Springs.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Another place to find adventure has it right in the name—Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. A family-friendly playground, this park offers a mix of thrill rides, cave tours, and kiddie rides to keep everyone in the family busy and having fun. In one location, you can pan for gemstones, talk to some pioneers, and soak in the views of from the Iron Mountain Tramway. Those with a sense of adventure can head below the surface for a cave tour or ride the alpine slide and feel the wind in their hair. A giant swing whisks out of the canyon in a safe-yet-thrilling experience, while the coaster adds some speed and heights to the experience. The park is open year-round, although many of the attractions are closed in the wintertime.

Glenwood Springs Hotels & Lodging

Glenwood Springs Hotels & Lodging
Glenwood Springs Hotels & Lodging

The hotels and lodges throughout Glenwood Springs are known for their value. Even the Hotel Colorado (pictured) and other luxury hotels offer packages that keep the room rates down without compromising value. With combination packages through Sunlight Mountain or Glenwood Springs Adventure Park, its a snap to find a full vacation at a great price. Of course hotels are just part of the options for lodging in Glenwood Springs. Lodges and B&Bs are sprinkled throughout town and its scenic environs, as are campgrounds and RV parks. Most of the campgrounds are open May through October, but it is possible to find cabin rentals and RV hook-ups in the off-season.

Top image: Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association

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