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Skiing & Snowboarding

Glenwood Springs is within a one-hour drive of 7 world-class ski resorts! Conveniently located just 40 miles north of Aspen, Colorado and 60 miles west of Vail, it's a perfect hub for a multi-day, multi-mountain skiing vacation!
Glenwood Springs offers great skiing & snowboarding at Sunlight Mountain Resort. Our local ski area boasts beautiful vistas of Mt. Sopris and the surrounding Elk Mountain Range, with 480 acres and 67 trails.

Snowmobiling

Glenwood Springs offers exciting snowmobile tours that are designed for all ages and ability levels. Experts will guide you through pristine forest, offering spectacular views of the Flattops Wilderness, Mt. Sopris and surrounding mountains.
Snowmobile riders will be given safety instruction and driving lessons. All snowmobile equipment is provided. Two person or single passenger snowmobiles are available.

Snowshoeing

Guided snowshoe tours are available at Sunlight Mountain Resort and Glenwood Adventure Company. Another option is to bring your own or rent a pair in Glenwood Springs for a self-guided adventure on the many trails in White River National Forest. Glenwood Springs has a wide variety of trails and paths that cater to all athletic abilities.

Hunting

Glenwood Springs is in the heart of some of the best big game hunting area in the U.S. With the largest elk and mule deer herds in the country, the regional opportunities for big game hunting are impressive. Colorado is the only state to offer an over-the-counter bull elk tag to residents and non-residents alike.

Snowcat Tours

Snow cat tours run during winter months. The scenic tour covers terrain that would normally be inaccessible. A unique way to experience the back country. Call for details.

Ice Skating

Enjoy ice skating with the whole family at the outdoor, covered, NHL-sized rink at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Open November through March.

Biking

The easiest and most efficient way to get around Glenwood Springs is on two wheels, not four, thanks to the large network of trails and paths. Bring your bike or rent one here, and enjoy the River Trail along the Roaring Fork River—it now merges with the Rio Grande Trail which takes cyclists on a scenic ride south toward Carbondale.

Rafting

Commercial rafting companies annually guide thousands of visitors down the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers through rapids with names like Upper Superstition and Tombstone, substantiating Glenwood Springs’ stature as one of the country’s premier whitewater destinations. Calmer waterways, such as South Canyon Rapids, are suitable for families with younger children.

Whitewater Activity Area

Catch a wave at the The Glenwood Whitewater Activity Area on the Colorado River at the Midland Avenue Bridge, at Exit 114 in Glenwood Springs.

Kayaking

The stretch of Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon is one of the finest in the state with Class III and IV rapids, and calmer stretches with incredible canyon scenery. If you want to explore the river and play in the waves, bring or rent a kayak locally.

Fishing

From fly fishing the top-rated waters of the Roaring Fork River to casting a lure from a drift boat in the Colorado River; the fishing in and around Glenwood Springs is hard to beat. In fact, in 2008 Field & Stream magazine designated Glenwood Springs as the top fishing town in America!

Climbing: Rock & Ice

Glenwood Springs offers some of the best rock and ice climbing that Colorado has to offer! Popular areas include Glenwood Canyon, Grizzly Creek, Hanging Lake, No Name Canyon, Puoux and Super Puoux, Rifle Mountain Park and Shoshone Stones.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Try the latest craze in river sports – stand up paddle boarding. Glenwood Adventure Company is offering rentals and lessons. Much less demanding than surfing, paddle boarding is ideally suited to certain stretches of the Colorado River including the acclaimed Glenwood Whitewater Park with its innovative standing wave. Stand-up boards are larger and more stable than surfing longboards and use a paddle for steering.

Canoeing

You can rent "sit-on-top" kayaks and canoes for calm water activities at nearby Ruedi Reservoir, Harvey Gap and the Colorado River. Rent equipment at both Summit Canyon Mountaineering and Glenwood Adventure Company.

Hiking

Take a hike on trails in and around Glenwood Canyon. Glenwood Springs boasts alpine meadows, rivers, creeks, crystal-clear lakes, wildlife and waterfalls. Glenwood Springs has a wide variety of trails and paths that cater to all athletic abilities.

Horseback Riding

Soak in the stunning views on high-country trails through pristine forest and meadows dotted with wildflowers. Choose from short trail rides, day-long adventures and wilderness pack trips.

ATV Tours

ATV adventures are exciting for beginners and experienced riders alike. Ride on trails through pristine Colorado wilderness and mountain terrain in Glenwood Springs. Combine the tour with a chuck-wagon dinner and experience a full day of adventure.

Hummer Tours

Glenwood Adventure Company offers Half-Day, Full-Day and Sunset Hummer excursions in beautiful Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Explore the diverse history of the Roaring Fork Valley and Glenwood Canyon as you traverse mountain ranch roads and experience this exquisitely private adventure.

Jeeping

Knowledgeable guides take you to the serene tranquility and breathtaking vistas of a working ranch in an open-air vehicle. Tours feature history, wildlife and thousands of private acres of Colorado backcountry. A variety of tours including half day, full day, sunset and customized tours are available. Tours suitable for all ages.

Segway Tours

Glide through Glenwood Springs on your two-wheeled Segway Personal Transporter. Guided tours take you wheeling through downtown streets, or climbing 2,000 vertical feet off-road for some aerial views of town. Helmets and training are included in the price of the tours.

Motorcycle Rentals

"Rent the Dream" either by the day or by the week at Aspen Valley Harley Davidson

Renters must have a valid motorcycle operator's license and at least one year of riding experience on heavyweight motorcycles and be 25 years of age or older.

Ziplining

Gear up for an exhilarating Zipline ride in dramatic Glenwood Canyon. Soar across the scenic Colorado River and back on our multiple Ziplines high above the whitewater rapids, a thrilling family adventure.

Paragliding

Soar like a bird in the sky on a tandem paragliding ride with Adventure Paragliding. Experienced pilots provide instruction and guidance, making it a safe—albeit
adrenaline-charged aerial activity. Flights typically take place May through October.

Golf Courses

There are seven public golf courses within 40 miles of Glenwood Springs, making it the perfect headquarters for your Rocky Mountain golf getaway.

Disc Golf

Fans of the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley Campus disc golf course say it's one of the best courses anywhere.

Mini Golf

There's nothing "mini" about mini golfing in Glenwood Springs! Enjoy spending time together on the putting greens at Glenwood Hot Springs' 18-hole miniature golf course. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Skydiving

Why not add the thrill of a lifetime to your Glenwood Springs vacation and jump out of an airplane? Find out how you can view the Roaring Fork Valley from above as you sail through the skies.

Ropes Courses

Challenge Ropes Course - Glenwood Canyon Zipline Adventures offers personalized team building activities for a variety of groups. Experienced staff will guide your group through the Challenge Ropes Course, including a thrilling Zipline ride, Vertical Playground and Rock Climbing Walls.