At the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers, the historic resort town of Glenwood Springs is famed for its Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, thrilling rides at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, snow sports at Sunlight Mountain Resort, world-class fishing and rafting and miles of scenic paved recreation paths.
The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, established in 1888, is the world’s largest outdoor mineral pool, famous for its healing thermal waters and its size — it's more than two city blocks long. At the nearby Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves, you can soothe away muscle aches in underground caverns — a natural geothermal steam bath — just like the Ute Indians did centuries ago. Or take a 10-minute tram ride up to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park where you can view amazing crystalline formations on a tour of its mountain caves. Gentle activities here include panning for gemstones, while adrenaline-junkies love the giant swing that launches riders 1,300 feet over the Colorado River.
No matter what your sport — hiking, biking, golfing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, paragliding or fly-fishing — you can enjoy it in Glenwood Springs. One favorite in-town hike brings you to the memorial of famous gunslinger Doc Holliday; history buffs also enjoy the Hotel Colorado, where Teddy Roosevelt once stayed.
Winter snows attract skiers, riders and snowshoers. Glenwood Springs is located on the Western Slope of Colorado between Vail and Aspen. Its local ski area, Sunlight Mountain Resort, has 67 trails covering more than 470 acres of terrain with a vertical drop of 2,000 feet for snow riders of all abilities.
A distinctive downtown and the Glenwood Meadows offer diverse shopping. Massage and spa treatments are a great way to relax at the end of a day of activity in Glenwood Springs. Dining options at more than 60 area restaurants and bars include casual brewpubs, Cajun cuisine, traditional steak houses, French restaurants, authentic Mexican and Latin dishes, and more.