Glenwood SpringsGlenwood Springs is located in the western half of Colorado, United States of America, right where the south central, Front Range, and northwestern regions meet. It is in Garfield County roughly halfway between Vail and Aspen. Resting at about the same elevation as Denver, Glenwood Springs is famous for its hot springs pool.
Originally named Defiance, in the late 1800s, the name was changed by white men arrived from an Iowa town called Glenwood. Many of the nearby towns (Aspen and Leadville) had their booms while Glenwood Springs was yet in its infancy. Glenwood Springs was difficult to reach due to the canyons to the east and west; it was also located on Ute land. The town grew in part thanks to its location on the railroad and the Colorado River.
The local area is surrounded by public lands, especially the White River National Forest, which attracts hunters and campers from great distance. The Grand Mesa is to the west and the Flattops Wilderness area dominate to the North. The Flattops is a very large area offering unlimited high-country exploring. The Four Mile recreation area (to the South-west)offers easier day mountain access favored by locals. Glenwood Springs is a truly great place to access all the Rocky Mountains have to offer.
In terms of culture (and ski-appeal) it is hard to overestimate the role of Aspen. Glenwood Springians may not want to actually live in Aspen, but they do appreciate being able to commute to a cultural mecca.
Up the valley are Carbondale, Basalt, Snowmass and Aspen. To the west are New Castle, Silt and Rifle.
By planeThere is city airport in Glenwood Springs, but it only accommodates small private planes. The Garfield County Airport, between Silt and Rifle is about 40 minutes away. It accommodates larger planes, but does not offer commercial flights.
The closest cities with airports that accommodate commercial flights are:
- Eagle-Vail (35 minutes... recommended) - this airport is located between Gypsum and Eagle. It offers free parking and is easy to get to from the highway (I-70). In the winter, there are direct flights to some hubs, such as Minneapolis and Dallas.
- Aspen (45 minutes, tough in traffic and common weather issues) paid parking and not much of it.
- Grand Junction (80 minutes by car)- this is convenient for travelers heading south and west.
By carDriving from:
- Grand Junction. An hour and a half drive east on I-70.
- Vail. Just over an hour's drive west.
- Aspen. An hour's drive north.
Amtrak serves Glenwood Springs with the California Zephyr, which runs daily between Emeryville (in the San Francisco Bay Area) and Chicago. The journey from Denver takes about five and a half hours. The scenic route is timed to pass through Glenwood Canyon during daylight hours both eastbound and westbound, and passes through parts of Colorado inaccessible by road. is located on 7th Street.
- Bustang links Glenwood Springs with Denver, Frisco, Vail, and Eagle. Bus stops are located at the (Glen Ave/Hwy 82 at 27th St) and the (Wulfsohn Rd at Midland Ave, west of the Glenwood Meadows shopping center).
Ride Glenwood Springs circulates throughout the town every 30 minutes. RFTA Valley buses also traverse most of the town at separate 30 minute intervals. Both buses cost $1.00 in fare.
VelociRFTA, America's first rural bus rapid transit system, is under construction with an estimated opening of September 2013. There will be a stop in South Glenwood.
Glenwood CanyonAccessible by car or by bike path. Fishing, rafting, hiking, biking, rollerblading. all within a gorgeous canyon
Colorado Backcountry BikerAll inclusive self-guided mountain biking tours and adventures in Western Colorado and Eastern Utah.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure ParkA family adventure park with a focus on caving. A fun tram ride, restaurant, rides and cave tours makes this a MUST for family travelers. Plan on at least 1/2 a day here if you are visiting. maybe more!
phone: +1 970-947-2955address: 401 N. River St., Glenwood Springs, COA huge hot spring pool that is the signature attraction of the town. The colder and more inclement the weather, the better. Established in 1888, Glenwood Hot Springs includes the largest mineral hot springs pool in the world. The "big" pool is about 90° F / 32° C and the therapy pool is about 104° F / 40° C.
phone: +1 970-945-7529address: 723 Cooper Ave Glenwood springsRafting, Unimog off road tours, Bike rentals and Glenwood Canyon shuttle, Horseback rides, ATV tours, Paragliding, Segway adventures, fly fishing and more. Glenwood Adventure Company is your one stop shop for all the fun things to do in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
address: 1308 County Road 129Offers a variety of local trips on the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers - choose from whitewater thrills to scenic family trips. Glenwood Springs is a popular rafting destination due to its location at the confluence of two major Western rivers. The Colorado River is notable for its 12 month flows, which bring in rafting outfitters from all over the state during low-water months.
Sunlight Mountain ResortA really local nice ski area for family skiers. Not as professional and huge as other nearby resorts but much more affordable with a lot of mountain to ski.
Yampah Spa and SalonHas vapor caves and a spa. It is recommended you try the caves themselves for an hour. This involves sitting in a natural cave (on benches spread throughout a series of chambers) that is hot and steamy hot. Cold water and buckets are available to splash yourself with cold water.
Snowmobiling Glenwood Springs AreaColorado is home to some of the best snowmobiling in the country. Glenwood Springs is surrounded by two areas, White River National Forest and the Grand Mesa. Trail riding on groomed trails, hill climbing, deep powder carving, scenic views, with a mixture of trees and meadows. These areas get an average of 35 feet of snow a year.
phone: +1 970-945-4766address: 281 Centennial Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601Opened in 2015, Iron Mountain Hot Springs is a new addition to Glenwood Springs. There are 16 mineral hot springs soaking pools and a freshwater family pool with water temperatures ranging from 92°F to 108°F. Also on site are a bathhouse and café.
For those seeking fast-food, McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, etc. can all be found in town. For a change, try the Charcoal Burger on the road between West Glenwood and downtown.
Italian UndergroundDinner only. The locals favorite Italian. Great atmosphere. Reasonable prices. Good wine list. Very popular and rather small. Your best best is to be there when they open at 5PM.
Los Jilbertosaddress: 51241 Highway 6Indoor, inexpensive, Mexican taco/burrito stand.
May PalaceChinese restaurant downtown. Great lunch specials.
Sacred GroundsCoffeehouse with good sandwiches, friendly staff, foosball, and internet access.
Tapei TokyoA Chinese restaurant near City Market.
Tequila'sA Mexican restaurant near the I70 exit.
19th Street Dinerphone: +1 970-945-9133address: 1908 Grand AveAmerican cuisine with daily specials and soups. House smoked Ribs and Pork. Great family atmosphere. Full bar with 6 draught handles. Always playing Colorado;s Sports games. NFL Sunday ticket on 4 HDTVs.
Glenwood Canyon BrewpubThis is a great place to drink if you like fresh brewed beer, real pool tables, games on TV, no-smoking. If you want Budweiser, cheap pool tables, and a smoky environment, go over to Doc's or The Springs.
Affordable Inns of GlenwoodSpecializing in King and Double Queen rooms with refrigerators and microwaves, the hotel also offers wireless internet, guest laundry, HBO and movie channels, hot tub, free local calls, and continental breakfast.
The Hotel DenverThe Hotel Denver offers the best of the old and new. The rooms are decorated with quilts and antiques, and have modern conveniences such as wireless internet access and movies. It is centrally located in downtown Glenwood Springs, near the Hot Springs Pool, and the Amtrak station. The Glenwood Canyon Brewpub is located in this historic hotel.
address: 10252 County Road 117A 20 Room B & B at the base of Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort. Offers apres-ski and a full dinner menu several times a week.
Four Mile CreekUpscale Bed & Breakfast and cabins about 15 minutes away from town, towards the ski area. About 5 minutes from Sunlight Mountain Resort. Romantic and adult.
B&B on Mitchell CreekOffers several nice suites that feel an hour from town but are only 10 minutes. If you want to be up in the mountains for a romantic stay, check them out.
phone: +1 970-945-6511address: 526 Pine StThe signature hotel of the area and is rich in history. It opened in 1893 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is worth a visit just to stroll through the lobby area or have a bite to eat. They serve a decent Sunday brunch and the bar is a good place to watch a game or just pass the time with comfortable seating and cable TV.
Glenwood Canyon ResortOffers very nice little cabins and some camping. Located right on the Colorado River in "No Name" which is one highway exit up from Glenwood proper. The Glenwood Canyon Trail is very close (for hiking and biking). They also offer rafting trips via their Rock Gardens Rafting trips
Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge and PoolGreat lodging right next to the best hot springs pool in the world
Holiday Inn ExpressStandard, if reliable, chain lodging. Very close to the entry to the Glenwood Caverns park.
address: 52000 Two Rivers Plaza RdGlenwood Springs only Hotel with an Indoor Waterpark. Just a few feet from The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Tramway and just a few blocks from the Hot Springs Pool. Nice Family Hotel. Hot Springs Pool and Adventure Park packages available.
- Colorado's Wine Country - Colorado is home to over 70 wineries and its own indigenous vineyards. Wine lovers can enjoy several scenic day trips from Glenwood Springs to many of the small towns that grow their own grapes. These lovely little communities include Montrose, Palisade, Paonia, and Hotchkiss, as well as the city of Grand Junction. Palisade is about 90 minutes away by car.