To Ski or Not to Ski in Glenwood Springs & Rifle

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Glenwood Springs is already famous for thermal waters. Here’s why adding Glenwood to your itinerary makes the perfect winter vacation, whether you ski or not.

Itinerary Tip
Backcountry Safety

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

Sustainability Activity
Travel Like a Local

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.

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Tucked amid the Roaring Fork Valley, Sunlight offers affordable skiing in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Photo
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Sunlight Mountain Resort

If you love Sunlight in winter, wait until you discover the joys of Sunlight in the summer. But don't stop there. Each season offers a number of…

Lunch
Glenwood Canyon Brewpub

Located within the historic Hotel Denver, this brewpub specializes in handcrafted beers and serves hearty pub fare in its restaurant.

Activity
Stroll Along the Rio Grande Trail

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.

Dinner
The Italian Underground
In business for over 30 years, we are the best Italian Restaurant in Glenwood Springs, serving dinner nightly from 5-10pm.
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Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Nestled along the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, Iron Mountain Hot Springs offers incredible views of the Colorado and Roaring Fork river…

Lodging
Hotel Colorado

The Historic Hotel Colorado is located in Glenwood Springs directly between Aspen and Vail. You'll enjoy our legendary service, modern amenities,…

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Breakfast
Daily Bread
Eggs 'n' stuff, breakfast combos, skillets, pancakes and more.
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Hike to the Ice Caves

See these blue ice structures December through March at Rifle Mountain Park.

Insider's Tip
Head West to Rifle

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.

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Ice Climbing in Rifle Mountain Park

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.

Insider's Tip
Head Back to Glenwood

Head back to Glenwood to get warmed up and nourished for the evening's activities.

Dinner
Vicco's Charcoalburger Drive-In
Vicco's Charcoalburger Drive-In has been a Glenwood Springs tradition since 1953.
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Yampah Spa

Yampah Spa, The Hot Springs Vapor Caves utilizes the hot mineral waters, naturally high in sulphur, nitrate, zinc and potassium and 30 other…

Lodging
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort

If you’re like us, you want a bigger, wilder experience. Something that elevates the dreams, adventures and spirit that few destination…

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Breakfast
19th Street Diner
Proudly serving Glenwood Springs breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks for 30 years!
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Peruse the Boutique Shops of Downtown Glenwood Springs

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.

Lunch
CO Ranch House
We created the CO. Ranch House with one idea in mind; hospitality. We are not in the restaurant business, we are in the business of taking care of…
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Glenwood Escape Room
A balance of high and low tech elements, puzzles and clues create an adventure for the mind. We like to make our rooms challenging but fun so that…
Dinner
The Pullman
The Pullman is a simple, refined American eatery committed to local product and inspired by the seasons. It's really, really simple thoughtful food.
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Glenwood Hot Springs Resort

If you’re like us, you want a bigger, wilder experience. Something that elevates the dreams, adventures and spirit that few destination…

Lodging
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort

If you’re like us, you want a bigger, wilder experience. Something that elevates the dreams, adventures and spirit that few destination…