Glenwood Springs sits at the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers. The historic resort town is famed for its hot springs, thrilling family times at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, snow sports at Sunlight Mountain Resort, world-class fishing and rafting on the Colorado River 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. In summer 2015, Glenwood opened another hot springs option — Iron Mountain Hot Springs features a large pool and smaller relaxation pools set beside the river. 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. See other Glenwood Springs hotels >>
One of the most popular hikes in the state, the trailhead for Hanging Lake and its impossibly blue-green water is just a few miles east of Glenwood in the stunning Glenwood Canyon.
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. The ski area will celebrate its 50th anniversary during the 2016/2017 season.
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.
Before you even get to town, however, you'll behold the area's beauty: Driving thorugh Glenwood Canyon just east of town on I-70 is a unique Colorado experience. The highway curves around the canyon's spectacular river-carved cliffs, with hardy trees sprouting out of its steep sides and the rushing waters of the Colorado zooming by below.
Read 2 Days in the Roaring Fork Valley for an itinerary of things to do in the area.