5 Kid-Friendly Glenwood Springs Summer Activities
Kids just want to have fun! When you stay at Hotel Colorado on vacation, hot springs likely will be on your itinerary; the thermal amenities are part of what makes Glenwood Springs a favorite family vacation destination. When out of the pool though, keep the smiles coming with activities guaranteed to entertain kids and parents all day long.
- Family bike ride on the Rio Grande Trail. Bring your own or rent bikes at shops in Glenwood Springs. Either way, go pedaling on the Rio Grande Trail, a paved path that is suitable for all abilities. Following an old railroad grade, the trail inclines gently from Glenwood Springs to Aspen 42 miles to the south. Ride a little or a long way. As you go, don’t rush. Make stops to dip your toes in the water, admire the views of Mt. Sopris and spy on the local wildlife.
- Ice Cream at Sundae. Nothing says summer like scoops of ice cream heaped high in a waffle cone. The lines for this artisanal ice cream shop are worth the wait. Sundae uses premium ingredients and handcrafts its ice cream in small batches. Favorite flavors include salted cookies and cream, espresso and cheesecake. There are even kid-inspired options like pink bubble gum and blue popsicle. Slab Sundaes are the way to go for combos that include it all—ice cream with several toppings blended together, a flourish of whipped cream and a cherry garnish on top. Sensitive to those with allergies, Sundae also serves dairy-free, nut-free, vegan and gluten-free treats.
- Rafting the Colorado River. Cool off on the hottest summer days with a Glenwood Springs rafting trip. Choose half- or full-day adventures through scenic Glenwood Canyon. Despite the Grizzly Creek Fire nearly a year ago, the canyon is bursting with every shade of green as fresh growth replaces what was lost to the blaze. The miracle of nature renewing itself is evident everywhere you look as you alternately paddle through whitewater rapids and float downstream. For ease and value, book your rafting trip through Hotel Colorado’s partner outfitters.
- Train Stop. Glenwood Springs is one of just a few places where the Amtrak California Zephyr and the Rocky Mountaineer make stops. Both scenic rail lines regularly pull into the historic depot downtown. Even if you’re not a passenger on board, seeing the train arrive or roll out is a fun site that attracts train buffs of all ages. Watch the railroad scene unfolds from the elevated vantage point of the pedestrian bridge. As a nod to Glenwood’s railroading history, the Pullman restaurant across the street from the depot is named for a type of rail car that offered passengers the best in comfort and style.
- Doc Holliday Trail. Stretch your legs, get some exercise and learn a little local history in the process. The trek to Doc Holliday’s memorial marker in Linwood Cemetery is a satisfying excursion for kids and adults. Before heading up the trail, take a few minutes to read the sign at the trailhead about Doc’s life and death. Though it’s a short hike that’s easily accessible from town, be sure to wear sturdy shoes to help with footing on the gravel and rock terrain. While there, feel free to honor the legendary gambler-gunslinger by leaving a few coins at his marker.
Family fun starts with a stay at Hotel Colorado. Make reservations today and learn more about all the things to do with kids in Glenwood Springs.
Photos courtesy of Visit Glenwood Springs.