Soak in the Roaring Fork Valley

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In the Roaring Fork Valley, experience outdoor thrills, see one of Colorado's most iconic natural treasures — Hanging Lake — and unwind in relaxing hot springs.

Sustainability Activity
How to Give Back to These Special Places

Lend a helping hand by volunteering or donating to the Glenwood Canyon Restoration Alliance. Founded after the 2020 Grizzly Creek Fire, the group is working on a multi-year project to help restore Glenwood Canyon, Hanging Lake, it's surrounding landscape and trails.

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Activity
Hike to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon

Hanging Lake is a Colorado treasure and a rare example of a travertine geological formation located in the heart of Glenwood Canyon in the White River National Forest. The 1.2-mile trail is steep and rigorous but rewarding once you see the natural beauty that awaits you at the top. It’s a Natural National Landmark and is popular with travelers for its awe-inspiring beauty and gentle Colorado waterfalls. Make a reservation for a permit to hike to Hanging Lake.

NOTE: Hanging Lake Trail is closed for the foreseeable future due to mudslides.

Insider's Tip
Plan Ahead

Make a reservation to hike Hanging Lake in advance to make sure you get your desired time and a permit. 

Ceviche tostadas at Slope & Hatch Photo
Lunch
Slope & Hatch
Taps, tacos, dogs and more. Fresh, affordable, chef-driven cuisine.
Activity
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort

Located between Aspen and Vail, you'll find the World's Largest Hot Springs Pool! The Ute Indians called it Yampah, meaning "big medicine" because…

Dinner
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…
Activity
Stroll Through Historic Downtown Glenwood Springs

Visit the Doc Holliday's Saloon for a Wild West night cap or Native Son for a cocktail in a hip setting. On the way to your hotel, enjoy a cool summer breeze while strolling the pedestrian bridge over the Colorado River.

Insider's Tip
Sit outside

Colorado Ranch House has one of the best outdoor patios in town.

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,…

Day
2
Breakfast
Sweet ColoraDough

Sweet ColoraDough is a bakery located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado specializing in doughnuts, pastries, pies, cupcakes, cakes, tea, coffee, and…

Activity
Redstone Castle Suites and Historic Tours

Welcome to the suites at the historic Redstone Castle, built in 1902 to impress John Osgood's wealthy friends and barons of industry. Select your…

Lunch
19th Street Diner
Proudly serving Glenwood Springs breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks for 30 years!
Activity
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Elevate your Adventure at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, America's only mountain-top Theme Park and western Colorado's #1 must-see attraction…

Dinner
Glenwood Vaudeville Revue

The Vaudeville Revue is a 2hr family fun dinner theater with professional talent performing comedy skits, jokes, high energy dance numbers. All…

Insider's Tip
Evening Stroll

Walk home to Hotel Colorado and enjoy a nightcap in the outdoor courtyard. 

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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3
Breakfast
Rosi's Little Bavarian Restaurant
German & American fare, plus pastries, served in a small chalet-style restaurant with homey decor.
Activity
Bike on the Rio Grande Trail (Aspen to Glenwood Springs)

Go to Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop to rent a bike with or without peddle-assist. Then hop on a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority Bus to Aspen to the trailhead of the Rio Grande Bike Path. Enjoy stunning mountain views along the Roaring Fork River, opportunities to view wildlife and experience towns along the way.

Insider's Tip
Riverside Lunch

During your Rio Grande Trail ride, stop in Basalt for lunch.

Lunch
The Tipsy Trout
Dine beside the Frying Pan River in Basalt. Open for lunch and dinner.
Activity
Head Back to Glenwood Springs

Continue your journey back to Glenwood Springs along the Rio Grande Trail. Possible stops on the way north: Rio Grande Nature Trail (between Basalt and Carbondale), Mushroom Rock Hike in Carbondale, or Main Street Carbondale.

Dinner
Glenwood Canyon Brewpub

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

Activity
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,…