6 Summer Things You Have to Do in Glenwood Springs
- Hot Springs. Glenwood Springs boasts three geothermal amenities, each one offering a distinct hot springs experience. Located across the street from Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is the most historic with two enormous outdoor pools. The Sopris Splash Zone is open for summer with waterpark-type amusements for all ages. Iron Mountain Hot Springs overlooks the Colorado River; it features 16 soaking pools with temperatures between 99˚ and 108˚F. Enjoy adult beverages, invigorating outdoor showers and a freshwater family pool. At Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves, steam from the geothermal water is trapped in the caverns creating natural steam rooms. To cool down, dowse off with cold water. Alternatively, step outside for fresh air or retreat to a lounger in the spa’s Serenity Room.
- Glenwood Canyon. Most visitors arrive in Glenwood Springs via I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. While the views are spectacular along the drive, for the best experience adopt a slower pace to appreciate the canyon’s rugged beauty up close. Rafting or biking are two top choices. Local outfitters have years of experience guiding visitors of all ages through thrilling whitewater on the Colorado River. To cycle Glenwood Canyon, rent bikes in Glenwood Springs then connect to the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Path for a scenic ride. Refill water bottles, take a bathroom break or stop for a picnic at four beautiful rest areas located along the trail.
- Waterfall Hike. Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon is an exquisite hike. Short and steep, the trail climbs over 1,000 feet in just over a mile. Considered a geological treasure, Hanging Lake was designated a National Natural Landmark in 2011 in part because of the travertine deposition that allowed the cliffside lake to form high above Glenwood Canyon. A well-maintained boardwalk curves around the crystal-clear body of water and is an ideal viewpoint for taking photos of the waterfalls. Permits ($12) are required to hike Hanging Lake and can be purchased online.
- Roaring Fork River Fun. Glenwood Springs has the good fortune of being home to not just one, but two rivers. Roaring Fork River flows from Aspen and joins the Colorado near Two Rivers Park. It is a favorite tributary for fly fishing with several sections designated as Gold Medal Waters, meaning the rainbow trout are large and plentiful! Try casting from shore at points all along the Rio Grande Trail or float downstream in a dory with a local fishing guide. The Roaring Fork is also a great place to cool your heels during the heat of the day. Several beaches provide gentle spots for wading including those at Veltus Park and along Atkinson Canal Trail.
- Alfresco Experiences. Pull up a chair for outdoor dining and entertainment in Glenwood Springs. Hotel Colorado Restaurant and Bar offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy both. Sit down for a delicious meal outside on the patio, sip summer cocktails from the bar and listen to live music every Thursday (7-9 p.m.) and Sunday (4-7 p.m.) in the courtyard.
- Back in Time. When it comes to history, Glenwood Springs has a colorful past. Learn all about President Teddy Roosevelt and Walter Devereux at Hotel Colorado. Pay your respects to Doc Holliday, the West’s most famous gambler and gunslinger, at his grave marker in Linwood Cemetery. For lots of laughs retro-style, Glenwood Vaudeville Revue entertains with skits, songs and more in old-time variety show fashion.
For the best summer vacation, make reservations to stay at Hotel Colorado and check off each one of these bucket-list activities on your next visit to Glenwood Springs.
1 - View from Hotel Colorado Bell Tower
2 - Glenwood Hot Spring Pool
3 - Glenwood Hot Springs Pool Sopris Splash Zone
4 - Iron Mountain Hot Springs
5 - Glenwood Canyon/Blue Sky Rafting
6 - Hanging Lake
7 - Fly Fishing on the Roaring Fork River
8 - Hotel Colorado Courtyard
9 - Hotel Colorado