7 Best Leaf-Peeping Locations in Glenwood Springs
- Hotel Colorado. A knockout beauty all year round, the historic hotel is further enhanced in autumn by the lush landscaping in the courtyard and stately trees planted around the perimeter. These elements work together to create a picture-perfect setting to enjoy the fresh air or an alfresco meal and cocktail at the hotel’s outdoor bar and restaurant. The best way to take it all in is to make fall plans to stay at Hotel Colorado today.
- Doc Holliday Trail. An easy, in-town hike, pay your respects to John “Doc” Holliday—famous dentist, gambler and gunslinger—by visiting his memorial marker in Linwood Cemetery. In daytime, the graveyard is a quiet, not-so-spooky spot to enjoy warm sunshine on a September or October afternoon. From its elevated vantage point, catch glimpses of historic homes in downtown and Red Mountain across the valley.
- Red Mountain. The trails on Red Mountain are a favorite place to go for hikes and mountain bike rides. It’s also a lovely destination to experience classic fall colors. Red Mountain’s slopes are covered with low-growing oak brush and deciduous trees that, come autumn, ignite in fiery shades of red, rust and orange.
- Sunlight Mountain Resort. Strike fall-color gold at Glenwood Springs’ hometown ski resort. Before snow covers the resort’s Babbish Gulch Nordic ski trails, take an Indian summer stroll or bike ride on the area’s country roads and singletrack trails. If the golden-hued aspen trees appear to shiver and shake, your eyes are not playing tricks. In fact, the unique leaf structure of aspen leaves causes them to tremble and quake in the wind and is touted as a possible origin of the phrase “shake like a leaf.”
- Glenwood’s Golf Courses. Play a round on Glenwood Springs’ golf courses and enjoy colorful autumn days at the same time. Area golf courses are always situated in the choicest locations to make the most of the surrounding landscape and views. Both Glenwood Springs Golf Club and Ironbridge Golf Course offer gorgeous vistas that include Mt. Sopris and plenty of swing time.
- Hot Springs. Soak up the scenery at outdoor geothermal pools in Glenwood Springs. Crisp fall days are perfect for taking a dip at either Glenwood Hot Springs Resort or Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Both offer visitors the opportunity to linger under blue Colorado skies while surrounded by mountains ablaze with fall foliage.
- Downtown. Glenwood Springs is recognized as a Tree City USA for its long-term commitment to planting a high-density number of trees throughout town. In winter they twinkle with lights that illuminate the streets after dark, but in autumn they glow naturally before they drop their leaves for the season. In addition to the pretty plantings, enjoy shops, dining and outdoor art on your walk through downtown Glenwood Springs.
Open the window on this glorious season with a stay at Hotel Colorado. Make your reservations for an autumn getaway today!