Get out in front of backcountry danger this winter, and keep safety top-of-mind! Seek education and training prior to heading out, or utilize a professional guide or a seasoned mentor to explore Colorado's backcountry. Find more ways to get informed and stay safe in Colorado.
There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.
One of Glenwood Springs’ most popular routes is the Rio Grande Trail. It follows the Roaring Fork River and links Glenwood Springs with Aspen, Colorado. This rails-to-trails project gains roughly 2,100 feet over 42 miles with a gentle incline.
See these blue ice structures December through March at Rifle Mountain Park.
Make the half-hour drive to the small town of Rifle, where ranchers gather, deer and elk hunters talk guns and campers stock up for adventures in the surrounding White River National Forest.
If you’re feeling really adventurous, Rifle Mountain Park features world-famous rock climbing and ice climbing opportunities. Rifle Mountain Park, a narrow box canyon, located just 13 miles North of Rifle, serves as one of America’s premier sport climbing destinations.
Head back to Glenwood to get warmed up and nourished for the evening's activities.
One of the highlights of Glenwood’s core shopping district is the myriad of independently owned boutiques, many occupying some of the town’s most historic structures.