Glenwood Canyon Bike Path
Spanning the entire length of Glenwood Canyon and connecting all four rest areas, the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail & Bike Path provides endless opportunities to explore on bike or by foot. The Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail is accessible from Glenwood Springs and a perfect place to view wildlife, fish the riverbanks, enjoy a family picnic, watch the Amtrak trains roll through the canyon and cycle for miles on end. Local businesses rent bikes and provide drop-off services so riders only have to ride in one direction.
Thanks to an engineering sleight of hand, the interstate highway through Glenwood Canyon becomes an unobtrusive part of the landscape. While the engineering feats in Glenwood Canyon are nothing short of spectacular, so are the natural wonders. Colorado Department of Transportation designers made sure drivers, cyclists, hikers and boaters all had an opportunity to enjoy the surroundings. Four rest areas, Bair Ranch, Hanging Lake, Grizzly Creek and No Name, invite visitors to stop and explore different sections of the canyon. Each rest area features parking areas, restrooms, interpretive displays, picnic grounds, water fountains, trash receptacles and access to hiking trails.
• Uses: Cycling of all varieties, walking, hiking and in-line skating
• Length: 16.3 miles one way from Glenwood Springs
• Ability Rating: Moderate
• Usage: Heavy use
• Dogs permitted, with leash
• Please note: Hanging Lake Rest Area is accessible via Exit 125 traveling westbound on I-70. Traveling eastbound, use Exit 121 for Grizzly Creek and turn around to access it using westbound I-70.
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The Glenwood Canyon Recreation and Bike Path can be accessed from various points including from behind the Yampah Vapor Caves and at the designated rest areas in Glenwood Canyon: No Name, Grizzly Creek, Hanging Lake and Bair Ranch. It terminates at the east end of Glenwood Canyon. CDOT closes the path in late fall and reopens it in the spring.