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No matter the season, Glenwood Springs has you covered when it comes to activities. Be sure to pick your season and scan through the list for information on activities





The spectacular views of the majestic walls in the Glenwood Canyon make our raft trips the most beautiful. Offering beginner, intermediate, and advanced trips.  Commercial rafting companies annually guide thousands of visitors down the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers through rapids with names like Upper Superstition and Tombstone, substantiating Glenwood Springs’ stature as one of the country’s premier whitewater destinations. Calmer waterways, such as South Canyon Rapids, are suitable for families with younger children. Rafting trips typically run mid-April through mid-October, and vary from adrenaline-charged Class III and IV whitewater adventures to scenic float trips for the whole family through Glenwood Canyon. Guided trips range from a few hours to a full day.
Blue Sky Adventures   Phone: 877.945.6605 or 970.945.6605

Glenwood Adventure Company  Phone: 877.346.4536 or 970.945.7529
Glenwood Activities   Phone: 970.945.6737 or 800.958.6737

Glenwood Canyon Rafting   Phone: 877.384.0445 or 970.384.0445
Rock Gardens Rafting   Phone: 800.958.6737 or 970.945.6737
Up Tha Creek Expeditions  Phone: 877.982.7335 or 970.947.0030
Whitewater Rafting   Phone: 800.993.7238 or 970.945.8477
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Fly tandem in the skies above Glenwood Springs. Enjoy the world from the air just like the birds.  It truly is a new and exciting experience.  Paragliding is not just for the thrill-seeking adrenalin junkie.  Anyone can fly.  If you can jog a few steps, you can fly with us.Similar to a parachute, a paragliding wing features a harness that seats you comfortably at the controls. Paragliders are powered by the air currents. A running launch from a high point will set you airborne to experience an exhilarating ride.
 If you have a passion to fly, paragliding is the simplest form of human flight.  Similar to a parachute, a paragliding wing features a harness that seats you comfortably at the controls. Paragliders are powered by the air currents. A running launch from a high point will set you airborne to experience an exhilarating ride. Tandem flights with experienced pilots are available with Adventure Paragliding in Glenwood Springs.
Adventure Paragliding Phone:  970.274.1619
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Glenwood Springs boasts alpine meadows, rivers, creeks, crystal-clear lakes, wildlife and waterfalls. Glenwood Springs has a wide variety of trails and paths that cater to all athletic abilities.
For a leisurely walk, the Glenwood Canyon hiking and biking trail is ideal. The paved path hugs the Colorado River for sixteen miles with a mild elevation gain of about 350 feet at its end, just past Bair Ranch. And the chances of seeing the resident herd of Bighorn Sheep in the canyon are very good. With picnic areas, restrooms, parking and disabled access every few miles on the path, it’s also perfect for a variety of ages and abilities.

Still Easy...
It's a half mile to Doc Holliday's memorial at Linwood Cemetery. He was Glenwood Springs’ famous gunslinging, gambling dentist. The trailhead starts in town. Other colorful characters from Glenwood Springs’ history occupy Linwood Cemetery too.
Getting Steeper...
The Jeanne Golay trail, named for the Olympic cyclist who now resides in Glenwood Springs and can often be found training on this trail, meanders up steep Red Mountain to the summit. From the top, the views of the valley floor, the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers and Mount Sopris make the climb worth the effort. The scrub oak forest turns to evergreen and aspen as the elevation increases, and lucky hikers may see a fox, deer, and several species of birds.
Hanging Lake is a perennial favorite, accessed year-round from Glenwood Canyon, with its trailhead about ten miles east of Glenwood Springs. Stunning waterfalls descend into a limestone lake teeming with trout. It’s a mile to the top and 1000 feet up, and takes about an hour and half round-trip. Five minutes beyond the lake is Spouting Rock, which is not to be missed once the lake is attained.
Grizzly Creek is also accessed from Glenwood Canyon, at Exit 121. A deep canyon with steep walls and a rambling creek, explorers can do the entire six miles and 2500 vertical feet to the top and the lake, or simply hike in a ways then turn around and enjoy the downhill trek back to the canyon. Hanging Lake waterfall 
The Storm King Mountain Trail is a memorial to those who lost their lives battling the South Canyon fire in 1994, and a tribute to firefighters everywhere.
The trail takes visitors on the journey of a firefighter with a signed interpretive trail. The trailhead is about five miles west of Glenwood Springs at Canyon Creek.
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Hanging Lake

A must see when visiting Glenwood Springs and can be enjoyed during the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons.  It is the most rewarding hike with picturesque views, stunning waterfalls, and a crystal clear lake (no fishing, no swimming, no dogs to help preserve the lake for future generations). This hiking trail is hidden within the steep walls of the Glenwood Canyon along I-70 exit 125, 9 miles east of Glenwood Springs.  It is considered a moderate trail with a few difficult spots, ~ 1.2 miles in length with an elevation gain of 1,000 ft, estimated hike time of 2 hours for both directions.  There are several benches along the trail and picnic tables/restrooms at the trailhead.

 Before leaving Hanging Lake you will see a sign for Spouting Rock.  Follow this short trail up the steep slope that leads you above the lake and you will be rewarded with a waterfall spouting directly from the face of a cliff. The extra distance is probably only a few hundred yards. 

Enjoy comments by those that have hiked Hanging Lake

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Mountain Biking and Cycling

Cycling enthusiasts can consider the Caravan Inn as their hub for all the wonderful trails located in the Roaring Fork Valley.  Just a few blocks away is the paved Rio Grand Trail that runs you 40 miles up to Aspen.  The 16 mile paved Glenwood Canyon trail can be reached by riding through some of Glenwood's historic downtown streets, over the Colorado River, until you reach the Historic Yampah Vapor Caves.  There are also over a dozen mountain bike trails for the cyclists that enjoy the rugged and natural terrain.  We'd be happy to provide you with a map of all the local trails during your check-in.

The easiest and most efficient way to get around Glenwood Springs is on two wheels, not four, thanks to the large network of trails and paths. Bring your bike or rent one here, and enjoy the River Trail along the Roaring Fork River—it now merges with the Rio Grande Trail which takes cyclists on a scenic ride south toward Carbondale. 
Glenwood Canyon is a perennial favorite; you can even avoid the incline and just enjoy coasting downhill with a van ride to the trailhead that will drop you and your bike at the mouth of the canyon.
*Canyon Bikes   Phone: 800.439.3043 or 970.945.8904
*Glenwood Adventure Company   Phone: 877.346.4536 or 970.945.7529
*Glenwood Activities   Phone: 970.945.6737 or 800.958.6737
Mountain Sports Outlet   Phone: 970.945.5001
*Sunlight Ski & Bike Shop   Phone: 970.945.9425

*Shuttle service available.

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There are seven public golf courses within 40 miles of Glenwood Springs, making it the perfect headquarters for your Rocky Mountain golf getaway.

In town, play the nine-hole municipal course at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club. It’s open daily, usually from March through November. Lakota Canyon Ranch is a world-class 18-hole course open nine months of the year, and just 10 miles west of Glenwood Springs in New Castle, Colorado.

Glenwood Springs Golf Club   Phone: 970.945.7086  

Ironbridge Golf Club   Phone: 970.384.0630  

Battlement Mesa   Phone: 970.285.7274  

Gypsum Creek Golf Course   Phone: 970.524.6200  

Lakota Canyon Ranch   Phone: 970.984.9700  

Rifle Creek Golf Course   Phone: 970.625.1093  

River Valley Ranch   Phone: 970.963.3625    

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Horseback Riding

Soak in the stunning views on high-country trails through pristine forest and meadows dotted with wildflowers. Choose from short trail rides, day-long adventures and wilderness pack trips.



Glenwood Adventure Company   Phone: 877.346.4536 or 970.945.7529  

Glenwood Activities   Phone: 970.945.6737 or 800.958.6737  

High Canyon Adventures   Phone: 970.945.9773 or 970.945.7529  

Sunlight Mountain Resort   Phone: 800.445.7931 or 970.945.7491    

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Maroon Bells, Aspen, CO

The Maroon Bells, surrounded by pristine National Forest lands, are the most photographed peaks in all of North America. Here you can explore the glacial valley while surrounded by 14,000 - foot peaks. Maroon Lake, surrounded by fields of wildflowers, mirrors images of the Maroon Bells in it's waters.

Maroon Bells has limited accessibility by car but there are bus tours running throughout the day for the summer season. The road is open to all Non-Motorized forms of transportation at no charge. (bicycles, skateboarders, hikers, rollerbladers, etc...) 

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Ski Resorts/Nordic Skiing

Glenwood Springs is within a one-hour drive of 7 world-class ski resorts! Conveniently located just 40 miles north of Aspen, Colorado and 60 miles west of Vail, it's a perfect hub for a multi-day, multi-mountain skiing vacation!
Glenwood Springs offers great skiing & snowboarding at Sunlight Mountain Resort. Our local ski area boasts beautiful vistas of Mt. Sopris and the surrounding Elk Mountain Range, with 480 acres and 67 trails.

Mild green runs, intermediate slopes and black diamond extremes satisfy all abilities. Its vertical drop is 2,010 feet and the resort's annual snowfall is 250 inches.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available for all ages and skill levels; child care is offered for children between the ages of one and six. Sunlight provides some of the most affordable and family-friendly skiing and riding in Colorado.
Sunlight Mountain Resort   Phone: 800.445.7931 or 970.945.7491
Aspen Mountain   Phone: 800.525.6200
Aspen Highlands   Phone: 800.525.6200

Beaver Creek   Phone: 800.805.2457
Buttermilk   Phone: 800.525.6200 
Snowmass   Phone: 800.525.6200 
Vail   Phone: 800.805.2457 

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Snowmobiling and Snowmobile Tours

Hundreds of miles of deep powder and groomed trails are waiting for you. You can literally point your fingers in any direction and find excellent snowmobiling opportunities. Check with the Forest Service about wilderness boundaries and for maps of the area at (970) 945-2521.

If you would like to take a guided tour, Sunlight Snowmobile Tours’ expert guides will review basic snowmobile operations so even a first timer will feel like an expert driver! Their state-of-the-art snowmobiles have hand-warmer handles and safety features such as independent front suspension and hydraulic disc braking systems.
The two-hour Baylor Park tour takes you on a scenic 30-mile ride through White River National Forest, boasting magnificent 360-degree views of Mt. Sopris, the West Elk Mountains and the Flat Tops Wilderness, and that's just the beginning! At Baylor Park, everyone has the chance to ride in a huge wide open meadow.
Looking for more of a thrill? The Tri-County Tour begins at Sunlight Snowmobile Tours, three miles above Sunlight Moutain Resort and winds into White River National Forest.
Sunlight Mountain Resort   Phone: 800.445.7931 or 970.945.7491 
Yamaha Rentals (Sportland) Phone: 970.945.5977
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If you can walk, you can snowshoe. This sport is for anyone, from little kids to seniors and everyone in between who want to enjoy a walk in the mountains on a brisk winter day on the Sunlight Mountain Nordic Trails, Four Mile Park, Hanging Lake, or Red Mountain trail.  For snowshoe and pole rentals contact one of the local sport shops.


Blue Sky Ski Rental & Repair Phone: 970.945.6605 or 877945.6605
Sunlight Mountain Ski & Bike Rental Shop Phone: 970.945.9425

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Ice Skating

Skate around on an NHL sized outdoor but covered rink at the Community Center.  Skate rentals are available.  Open November to March.

Glenwood Springs Community Center Phone: 970.384.6300

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Glenwood Hot Springs

The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is famous for its enduring appeal and for its size—the largest in the world at over two blocks long.
Native American Utes regarded it as a sacred healing place. Over the past century famous visitors including Al Capone, Titanic-survivor Molly Brown, and President Theodore Roosevelt called it Spa in the Rockies. Today thousands of visitors enjoy the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool in all four seasons. 
Established in 1888, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and located along the banks of the Colorado River. The thermal waters are 90°-93°F (32°-34°C) in the large pool and 104°F (40°C) in the smaller therapy pool. Water slides, inner tubes, diving boards, and bubble chairs bring out the kid in everyone.
Glenwood Hot Springs
401 North River Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 800.537.SWIM or 970.945.6571 
Pool Hours: Winter 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Summer 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

A day of excitement and exploration is waiting for you on top of Iron Mountain, where Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park brings out the kid in everyone. From the fully enclosed gondola you can take in the views almost 50 miles to the south, over Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley, past majestic Mt. Sopris, to the peaks in Aspen. Once you’re at the top, it’s time to choose your adventures.

Tours, Thrill Rides & Adventures
Cave Tours The 70-minute Cave Tour, ranked in the top 10 by USA Today, takes you on a guided walking tour of Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves. The cave formations, which date back about five million years, show off some of Mother Nature’s finest work. A 3 ½-hour Wild Tour and 90-minute Adventure Tour are also available. (Please call for reservations for the Adventure and Wild Tour.)

4D Theater  Enjoy state-of-the-art entertainment in Colorado’s only 4-dimensional theater, with interactive seats and special effects that make you feel like a part of the show. From traversing the mountain with snow blowing in your face, to a wild and wet beach-crossing - you're in for some terrific fun.

Canyon Flyer Hop on Colorado’s only alpine coaster, with individual cars on tracks that race 3,400 feet through the trees and down the mountainside.

Laser Tag Arena Round up the whole gang for a new-fangled shoot-out in a wild West setting!

Giant Canyon Swing For the truly adventurous, the Giant Canyon Swing launches you out over Glenwood Canyon, 1,300 feet above the Colorado River! 

Bungee Trampolines Jump, twist, and soar through the air on our Bungee Trampolines.

Bungee Jump For you adrenaline junkies who seek extreme adventure, this could be your thrill of a lifetime. You climb the tower, get harnessed up, and go for the big leap – 70 feet of pure free fall!  You must weigh between 80 and 240 pounds to use the Bungee Jump.

Discovery Rock Pan for gemstones in the running water of the sluice box mining stream and search for buried treasure in the sand pit fossil dig.
Fort WhereAmI Kids love finding their way through this Western-style maze.

Iron Mountain Tramway Enjoy a ten-minute scenic ride inside fully enclosed glass gondolas. Wheelchair accessible. 
Lookout Grille Serves up burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and more, with a kids’ menu that will make everyone happy.
Mine Shaft Shootin’ Gallery Electronic shooting gallery with animated, Western-themed targets to test your skill and concentration.

Soaring Eagle Zip Ride The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has a new zip ride that opened in May, 2011! Enjoy the wind in your face and the incredible views as you soar 625 feet down the mountain, on the new Soaring Eagle Zip Ride.  You must be at least 40" tall for the Zip Ride.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road
 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
 Phone: 800.530.1635 or 970.945.4228

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Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves

The Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves are said to purify body and spirit as they soothe away aches and pains. They are the only known natural vapor caves in North America, in which hot mineral waters flow through the cave floors to create a natural geothermal steam bath.
 Yampah, which translated from Ute dialect means "big medicine", is the namesake of the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves—the only natural hot springs-fed vapor caves in the world.
Once a sacred healing destination for the Ute tribe, its underground caves haven’t changed much over the centuries; with the exception of the marble benches in the caves, where visitors can relax, and the spa upstairs features body and beauty treatments.

Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves
 709 East 6th Street
 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
 Phone: 970.945.0667 

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Fly Fishing

A year-round activity, not even ice and snow stop the avid angler. Those gold-medal streams are still teeming with trout in the winter like in the summer and for fly fishermen and women it's prime fishing time no matter what.  From fly fishing the top-rated waters of the Roaring Fork River to casting a lure from a drift boat in the Colorado River; the fishing in and around Glenwood Springs is hard to beat. In fact, in 2008 Field & Stream magazine designated Glenwood Springs as the top fishing town in America!
The Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers are Gold Medal waters, offering a quality and quantity of Rainbow and Brown trout that is virtually unmatched. For a water to qualify for Gold Medal status in Colorado it must produce more than 60 pounds per acre of trout and at least 12 of those trout per acre must top 14 inches in length. The Roaring Fork and Frying Pan easily and continuously smash those standards. The 42 mile continuous stretch of Gold Medal water on the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan is the longest stretch of Gold Medal water in Colorado.
There are fly fishing shops and outfitting services in Glenwood Springs that offer equipment rentals or guided wade trips and float trips. And if finding a quiet stretch of publicly accessible river or stream is your goal, the Colorado Division of Wildlife offers plenty of options too.
The Colorado River, which flows through Glenwood Canyon and through the middle of town, and the Crystal River, which tumbles 35 miles through scenic terrain before it joins the Roaring Fork River two miles below Carbondale, also offer spectacular fly- fishing opportunities with a little less crowding and plentiful public access.
If waders and a fly rod are not your fishing preference, Ruedi Reservoir above Basalt is the largest still-water fishing in the area.
If you're seeking solitude, then some of the hundreds of high mountain streams and lakes offer an opportunity to catch a Brook Trout or a spectacular native Cutthroat Trout.
Whatever your fishing preference, the Colorado Division of Wildlife can provide the information you need to get the trip started.
Roaring Fork Anglers   Phone: 800.781.8120 or 970.945.0180 
Western Colorado Fly-Fishing

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Frontier Historical Museum

The best way to explore Glenwood Springs, is to learn about Glenwood's rich history first.

The Frontier Historical Society was created in 1964 to preserve the pieces of Glenwood Springs’ past. A small museum was opened at that time, continued to grow and in 1972 a larger museum was opened in its present location at 1001 Colorado Avenue in Glenwood Springs.
Museum Hours

May through September: Monday - Saturday, 11:00 - 4:00

October through April: Monday and Thursday - Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00.

$3 for adults (13+)

$2 for seniors (60+)

$1.00 for children (3-12)

FHS Members are free.

Check out the Frontier Historical Museum to discover all the services they offer!
Frontier Historical Museum
 1001 Colorado Avenue
 Phone: 970.945.4448 

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