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From ghost towns to historic downtown, the Glenwood Springs area is an undiscovered gem of a vacation destination. Since Colorado is blessed with so many world-class destination resorts, many people have forgotten about, or never heard of, this affordable family-oriented area. Read about the area history before you plan your trip.
Drive to the Canyon
Hidden within the steep walls of Glenwood Canyon, just 15 minutes east of Glenwood Springs, is the gorgeous hike through beautiful mountain scenery to Hanging Lake. Enjoy a relaxing day at the Hot Springs Pool, discover the enchanting Fairy Caves, or visit the notorious Doc Holiday's grave. In June, spend a fun-filled day at the Strawberry Days Festival. This is Colorado's oldest continuously held civic festival and attracts thousands of locals and visitors alike. The festival has a different theme every year with live entertainment, food, crafts, and family fun all around.
Things to Do
Outdoor activities and adventures surround the area and include kayaking, fishing, mountain & rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, four-wheel off-road trips, mountain biking, rafting, and whitewater river trips, amusement parks, shopping, and of course golfing. These are just a few of the activities one can enjoy while vacationing in our area. You'll find additional ideas here. Be sure to check out the rafting trips, which launch just a few feet from I-70 and travel through easy and harder areas, safe for the whole family. The Glenwood Caverns Amusement Park has giant mountain coasters and a canyon swing that hovers you off the edge of a cliff for a thrill you can't beat. In addition, the Sunlight Mountain Resort turns into a summer mountain destination giving you access to their ski resort land either on a horseback riding and biking tours.
In town, there are lodging establishments of hotels and motels that range from 100-year-old historic treasures to ultra-modern, national chains. Choose from more rustic choices, such as one of the nearby dude ranches, secluded campgrounds, a cozy cabin, or a delightful cottage. There are also bed and breakfast, inns, condos, and short-term vacation homes and hostels suitable for the budget-conscious traveler. When it comes to dining, you will be thrilled with all of the choices from American to Japanese, Cajun to Italian. For other diversions, try shopping, browsing in art galleries, or sampling the liquid wares of the local brew pub. Tired from the adventures? There's nothing quite like a dip in the world's largest outdoor hot springs pool located in Glenwood Springs. For over 100 years, the soothing, warm waters of the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool have rejuvenated bathers. It's open year-round until 10 p.m. daily.
Glenwood Springs is nestled in a beautiful mountainous valley just 150 miles west of Denver, via I-70—40 minutes northwest of Aspen or 45 minutes west of Vail. You could also take the train from Denver that takes you on a very scenic drive through Winter Park and on to Glenwood Springs.
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Photos Courtesy of Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association
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