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Outdoor Adventures from Mild to Wow

For more than 100 years, the enormous pool at Glenwood Hot Springs has welcomed visitors to swim and soak in more than 4 million liters of mineral-rich water. Go underground at the Yampah Vapor Caves for a natural steam bath like you’ve never experienced. Iron Mountain Hot Springs boasts 16 spring-fed tubs terraced along the Colorado River surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. Want something more adventurous? Try paragliding or skydiving, hunting in the White River National Forest in fall and Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Recreational choices at the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers include whitewater rafting and fishing. Glenwood Whitewater Activity Area is fantastic for kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Hike to the waterfalls and turquoise lake at Hanging Lake or bike in Glenwood Canyon; hundreds of kilometers of trails provide nearly endless options.

 

Family-Friendly Activities

Just minutes from downtown Glenwood Springs, Sunlight Mountain Resort is a value-priced family destination. Sunlight’s ski-swim-stay packages run about half the cost of neighboring resorts and have been a favorite for decades. Also nearby are the ski destinations of Aspen, Snowmass and Vail. If the slopes aren’t your thing, or if you’re visiting in warmer months, take the family up to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park to ride North America’s highest-elevation roller coaster and go on a subterranean cave tour. Cycle the Glenwood Canyon Bike Path or Rio Grande Trail, both of which offer a gentle ride, fabulous views and historical sites to explore along the way. Bundle these child-friendly activities with affordable lodging in Glenwood Springs, and you’ll enjoy your vacation with a little extra cash in your pocket.

 

A Trip to the Old West

Glenwood Springs’ early days were a bit rowdier than they are now. In 1883, it was a city called Defiance that was well-traveled by gunslingers and outlaws. The infamous Wild West legends Doc Holliday and Kid Curry are buried in the city’s original cemetery. Order a beer at the antique bar at Doc Holliday’s Saloon and visit the Doc Holliday Museum & Memorial in downtown Glenwood Springs. For a look at local history, from the original Ute Indian inhabitants through pioneer life and mining days, visit the Glenwood Springs Historical Society and Frontier Museum. The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue preserves a centuries-old performance tradition for a hilarious and nostalgic experience. From here, you can make your way across the Colorado River to your room at the Hotel Colorado. Built in 1893, the hotel has been frequented by gangsters, presidents and actors alike.

Fun Fact

The USA's highest roller coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
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The USA's highest roller coaster, at an elevation of 2,164 meters atop Iron Mountain, is in Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

Back flipping into the main pool at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool
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At 123 meters long and 30 meters wide, the main pool at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool.

Doc Holliday's grave in Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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Glenwood Springs’ original name was Defiance. It attracted outlaws and gunslingers like Doc Holliday before it was renamed in 1885.

River kayaking through Glenwood Canyon in Glenwood Springs
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