Glenwood Hot Springs
Geothermal waters are Glenwood Springs’ calling card. The town boasts three premier hot springs attractions where visitors can immerse themselves in a Colorado experience as iconic as downhill skiing or climbing a 14er. Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is home to the world’s largest hot springs pool. The castle-like bathhouse anchors the historic property and houses the award-winning Spa of the Rockies.
The nearby Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves welcomes guests to sweat it out in underground caverns that are naturally filled with vapor from the mother spring. Vapor caves are a rare phenomenon and Glenwood’s are one of only a few in North America.
Colorado’s newest geothermal attraction is Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Situated along the Colorado River, visitors can watch rafters float by as they soak in 16 different pools that range in temperature from 98° to 108°F (36°to 42°C). For a refreshing break from the heat Iron Mountain also has seasonal outdoor showers and a freshwater family pool that’s open year-round.
Things to Do in Glenwood Springs
Hot springs are just one of the countless things to do in Glenwood Springs where outdoor activities reign supreme. Rafting the Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon is among the most popular summertime adventures. Outfitters lead an assortment of trips and expertly guide visitors of all ages and abilities through whitewater Class III rapids with names like Maneater and Tombstone.
Another top recreational activity is cycling. Glenwood Springs has miles of both paved and dirt trails. The Rio Grande Trail alone is 42 miles long and follows the Roaring Fork River to Aspen, Colorado. There’s so much more too: hiking to Hanging Lake, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park— a mountaintop theme park featuring thrill rides and cave tours, fishing in Gold Medal waters, music festivals and events.
For a high-flying adventure try tandem paragliding from the top of Red Mountain. Golfing is another top activity contender with high caliber courses in and around Glenwood Springs. Wintertime is glorious as well. Covered in snow, Glenwood Springs is a winter wonderland. Ski affordably at Sunlight Mountain Resort or make Glenwood your home base for skiing at famous resorts nearby. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and of course hot springs soaking make for a perfect Colorado holiday or winter break getaway.
Glenwood Springs Restaurants
No visit would be complete without sampling the good stuff on the menus at Glenwood Springs restaurants. Located in a state that’s home to Coors and a profusion of microbreweries, Glenwood Springs boasts two award-winning destinations for beer connoisseurs: The Glenwood Canyon Brewpub and Casey Brewing & Blending.
For entertainment served alongside your meal, the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue provides a two-hour dinner-comedy show, while at the Riviera Supper Club & Wine Bar seasoned musicians tickle the ivories while guests enjoy gourmet dishes.
Every year new restaurants add to Glenwood’s diverse and delicious offerings. Things to try: wild game dishes, Rocky Mountain Oysters, homemade green chili, street tacos, authentic Mexican specialties, fresh farm fare, dishes featuring Palisade peaches and local honey, beignets, handmade chocolate as well as locally-made liqueurs such as grappas, whiskeys, and vodkas.
Lodging in Glenwood Springs
Whatever your preferences in overnight accommodations, you’ll find it at lodging in Glenwood Springs. Historic hotels like the Hotel Denver and the Hotel Colorado give you a glimpse of the past along with your stay. Familiar flagship accommodations assure visitors their stay will meet their expectations. Independent lodges provide affordable choices and a friendly homestyle touch. Rounding out the choices are B&Bs, cabins, camping, VRBOs and Airbnbs. Perusing all your options is easy through VisitGlenwood.com.
Make Glenwood Springs your next Colorado vacation choice. Learn more and start making plans today!